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2009, Health  -   144 Comments
Ratings: 8.21/10 from 192 users.

TappedExamines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. The documentary is well structured and presents an overwhelming amount of evidence which will change the way anyone thinks about bottled and municipal water.

Both the "manufacture" of the water itself, and also where the bottles come from, where they go after use and how they influence our lives while they're with us. The willful absence of major companies such as Coke, Pepsi and Nestle is extremely telling in light of all the material presented.

One can only hope that the small voice of this film will be heard over the huge booming commercial machine that these and other companies represent in the popular media. If you haven't seen this movie, simply watch it. It's that good and the information is something everyone should know.

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4 years ago

I don't pay a cent for my water,I get it from the sky and it's free,pure and beautiful here in New Zealand.

Dave J
6 years ago

A docu by a homemaker discovered that families living at end of public water lines had a higher than average incident of breast, colon, pancreas and prostate cancers compared to all other locations.

8 years ago

Tap water contains chlorine, lithium, fluoride , lye ... not to mention the medications that get flushed .. government has control of everything. . Unless you truly investigate and educate yourself you'll keep on drinking and eating things that potentially make you sick. . Y'all should truly do research on Kangen water over 6,500 doctors in Japan not only recommend it but prescribe it. . Japan is a preventative country unlike the us were for profit! Smh! Then we wonder why so many people are sick keep getting sick asks take tons of medications! Truly sickening. ..

9 years ago

Anyone mind telling me the TL;DR verion?

Kristina Pauly
9 years ago

Honestly all that really needs to happen is cities not being so flippant when they make contracts with these companies.. Setting limits as to how much they are allowed to take per year, during drought restrictions..etc..

Kristina Pauly
9 years ago

Not that I support this, but the only reason a lot of people buy bottled water is because the city stuff has tons of fluoride..etc.. in it.. If people really want to stop this they simply need to demand changes in city water treatment policy..

Daniel Kim
9 years ago

are we allowed to show this documentaries to the public? I'm thinking about showing it in my school, but I'm not sure of the legal issues. Did anyone done this before in your campus?

9 years ago

after watching this, i vowed never to buy bottled water again. unfortunately, i am not that pious as i still enjoy my plastic bottled soda here and there. bottled water is also now banned in my house. we are trying to look for alternative ways to store water (for emergencies).

9 years ago

They were the stats from 2007/2008, I hate to think where they're at now. Hoping they've improved, but sadly I doubt it.

Linda Selig-Corcoran
9 years ago

Bottled water is forever banned at my house.
Share this movie; bring awareness to others and hopefully our planet can recover.

Heather Hasandras-Adams
9 years ago

Love my tap water

James. T
9 years ago

Tap water in my country is dirty as hell, water filter Ftw! Also water bottles where I live cost less than $.5

Mindy Collins
9 years ago

I distill my tap water and fill stainless steel bottles for on the go.

Ron Wright
9 years ago

I am using tap water forever

10 years ago

I think I have a finally thought of a solution to Capitalism, Free Markets and Government Regulation responsibility.

...because it's so simple, it might actually work!...(please tell me your thoughts? :-)...

Any corporation or company or government organisation, that will potentially affect the environment must have all their management sign the same Hippocratic Oath as doctors, to 'do no harm'. And if they do, those people responsible within the organisation face being struck off (or jailed), in the same way.

If they do harm, that harm must be remedied and made better. Examples: Cut down one tree, plant two. Upset a habit, create a sanctuary.

In that way, if their profits would be so adversely affected to warrant the business unprofitable, then so be it.

Companies would then be forced to do good, or make good, of the environment and be accountable, by law, for their actions.

Q: How could we, the people, use our free speech as money, to lobby for such a thing?

10 years ago

I would like to drawn attention to one side issue of this program...

39:45 "People say 'Why do you live next to a refinery?[…] and now in retrospect we'd like to move but it'll be very difficult to sell our house." - you can see the 'poor victim' attitude here quite clearly. What is not shown is the definite psychology of people wanting to pass the buck and blame for their own poor judgement - the refinery was there first!

Some people have nothing better to do with their miserable lives than make battles from the bitterness of the failed expectations they once had. Anyone who has had to misfortune to experience this will know exactly what I'm talking about. If you told these folks outright to just move, they would retort "Why should we suffer more? These rich folks are going to pay!"

It begins with a complaint and it grows into a battle of wills, and when they don't get their way, they cry foul, cry helpless victim, cite health problems, employ lawyers and create devious havoc without relent until they achieve a purely personal victory.

10 years ago

I've always drunk from the tap :-)

10 years ago

This documentary was so thought provoking. I really feel the need to do something about this. It is absolutely mad what is going on this planet.

10 years ago

What's wrong with selling water? Food is necessary for survival too, is there also a problem with selling that?

10 years ago

Shocking on every level. Our family has just drunk our last plastic bottle of drinking water other than for disaster relief. Makes me wonder whether we should also try to stop buying bottled soda and juice as well.

10 years ago

Wow! very informative.

10 years ago

They need to do a informational video about the chemtrails in our skies world wide. What in the world are they spraying is great but now we need one for our water because these trails are causing people to become sick the air we breathe & it gets on our skin hair, also into our water system no one in Washington wants to discuss this issue.

10 years ago

disturbing on so many levels.....we give patients bottled water after their CT exams to flush out their kidneys. Will need to fight to go back to paper cups and tap water.

10 years ago

It gets me how little interest there is in even making a comment on what they have just seen in this documentary. Showing 106 comments and the last one to comment four months ago was a duck that prefers bottled water to tapped water. The duck needs to get a water purifier or distiller to distill his own water. In other words; even if bottled water was perfectly harmless to drink we should all be pissing mad about the byproduct of the container it is sold in polluting our environment.

One thing I would have liked to have seen in this documentary is questions asked of government officials on the byproduct of plastic bottles after the corporations got paid and what those corporations should be responsible for when it comes to cleaning up the environment. If government officials aren't making these companies responsible for the waste they create we need officials that will. After all corporations are the ones that made the container to throw away.

I had started boycotting not only plastic bottles when I go in our local convenience stores. What needs to be done people that are boycotting things made in plastic containers should let others know what they're doing and why. We can look at the big corporations putting the blame on them and yet when we look in the mirror we can blame ourselves for even wanting a products made in easy throw away packages. We have become a throw away world and we are now paying for it.

It is like the steward has become the cancer to our planet.

BWP... James...

11 years ago

My tap water is fluoridated and smells and tastes like it's piped directly from a swimming pool. I'm not going near that. I know reverse osmotic filters are an option to reduce the fluoride content, but my parents don't seem to give two *****, and I'm only on student allowance so I'm ****** either way.

11 years ago

What can I say... Welcome to America. The land of the free; free means free for the companies.

11 years ago

The best way to rectify this problem is "boycotting"! NO DEMAND, NO SUPPLY! Make it a zero revenue business for these companies and they will automatically stop producing such products.

11 years ago

I know it's not part of the main focus of the documentary but I would have liked to see the film makers blast the bottling companies for all their advertisements about their bottles "honorably" and "for the sake of the environment" using 40% less plastic. Do we really think they care about the environment?! All their doing is lowering their PRODUCTION COST by 40% and still charging us the same high price they always have. If they were honorable they'd drop their price 40% but we know they'd never do it. Instead these companies now take a free resource, package it in a cheap flimsy bottle that crumples in your hand, increase their profits by an additional 40%, and the best part is people actually praise these companies for doing it because they think they are actually environmentally friendly. I got to hand it to them, it's actually quite brilliant! As well as amazing how ignorant so many are.

11 years ago

At least you can drink bottled water in the U.S. In South America and in Mexico, even bottled water gets you sick. >_______<"

11 years ago

I wish this video was a little broader in it's look at the deplorable practices water barons participate in. These same companies are also attacking our public drinking water source in a more direct and insidious way; they are contracting with municipalities to serve as the provider of public drinking water to communities. This ensures these companies are able to have unmitigated access to public water, lowered regulations for tap drinking water, easier means of controlling the "water wars" (tap vs bottled), and rising costs of public drinking water to ensure profiteering no matter how you get your H2O.

11 years ago

I'm glad that one of my students sent this link to me - I have been mindful of the seriousness of this issue for the past few years, but please, if you want the uninformed to take you seriously, learn how to spell before posting!

11 years ago

what about cans ?

11 years ago

Well, I am really going to boykot this company finally, and I really almost never drink bottled water.
People, why don't you try be more active, in trying to stop them? I bet even 1 month boykot will be enough.

xidig jama
11 years ago

i think the viewers and myself are lucky enough to see such a doc like this and we are dump enough to drink a bottle water. good luck

11 years ago

These Documentaries sometimes show the greed in the world and sometimes give much needed information .I think they are kindly uploaded by individuals and then their docs are greedily charged to be viewed.
A superb doc until I was asked to pay to see the end .
This world sucks like bottled water companies suck lakes so chant Hare Krishna and make your why back to the spiritual world .


12 years ago

This film is the most profound, shocking, and deeply disturbing documentary I have ever seen. It should be required that every American be made to view it. How this crisis developed and continues to worsen is brilliantly explained and the producers should be highly praised for their efforts. Nestle, Pepsi, and Coca-Cola can do nothing but hang their heads in shame as they count their massive profits. For obvious reasons, those in the FDA and the federal government who have allowed this horror to continue should be imprisoned.

12 years ago

The town I live in is reckognised by world wide experts as having the best water in the world for drinking. Easthampton MA sits directly above what's known as the Barnes Aquifer. It's like an underground spring of pure water that is piped into storage tanks and then to the homes, no filtration or purification required. It's awesome. No chlorine, no floride, just pure god given elixer of life. Want good safe water for your kids? Move to Easthampton,Massachusetts.

sean k
12 years ago

"you have watched 72 minutes of video today. please wait 30 minutes..."

wtf? please upload this to youtube

12 years ago

Makes me sick. Well then... glass bottles it is for containing water? I will never buy that poison unless that's the last choise. Glad I visited the liquor store for a bottle.

Seriously. Don't those companies think what they're doing to the water supply? This'll backfire on our children.

Use glass bottles, I tell you. Glass is made fby heating sand to a high temperature and by giving that mold a form. It's healthier and you know where it's coming from.

12 years ago

thank you for posting this movie!!

12 years ago

Water, energy, food, anything that comes from the earth belongs to everyone. There is more then enough of resources on the planet. And we do have the technology to be much more efficient with resources that how we use them now.One of the biggest abuses of water is commercial farming, the talk about this in food.inc a great deal.This doc was really good for how much info the give about the plastic battles and what they contain. I guess there is not much difference between plastic battles and smoking unnatural, chemically sprayed tobacco.

12 years ago

Thank you Vlatko! Good job!

12 years ago

@ gheghe

Though your idea is simplistcally genious;I guess that would never happen until mankind learns to share as a whole and learn to overcome greed.
As long as the world system works and Lives on a pyramid scheme of monetary value, then greed ranks at the top of the capstone with power and unjustice over all.

Not till the sufferings are great enough Will mankind be strong enough to have a world Revolution like the brave Egyptians recently did.

I keep thinking these days about how proud and inspired the world is because of what they have done and at the same time ,I think about how much they must of been suffering beyond what we can comprehend for them to finally have had enough to brave life or death in the attempts for freedom.

They had to fight fear it self, right in the face.
The oppression must of been so great ,that even death was better then what they had.

Greed will monopolize anywhere it can and so we can only assume with good reason that it will try to conquer water too.Will we let it get a good foothold or can we as a people stop it before its too late?

12 years ago

how about a simple solution? make it illegal to sell water in any form.

lee b
12 years ago

still not full doc plz fix if you can great doc i will also never look at bottle water the same in fact i dont want to buy any bottle of liquid dont support damaging the earth it not human in fact FTW

12 years ago

Wow, I will never look at bottled water the same way ever again.

12 years ago

Germans because of war and no government that tested water forced people to drink another source.

It has changed and the tap water is super. However, people here drink bottled water (mostly glass but it is changing because plastic is lighter and available here) they were conditioned after the war. The producers of water in the USA see this and use it. When we first moved here we bought only bottled water because we feared it was a foreign country. We learned it was much better regulated and conservative about resources than anything we knew in the USA.

We do not buy water any longer. Often guests, German mostly, are surprised but accepting. This video confirms much research and insight we have read over the years. Taxes are already high why pay more for something that does not have to be dumped and does not create potential influence on our genetic disposition. Drink it pure.

Bonita Marie
12 years ago

Doc was very well presented. I appreciated the comment towards the end about "David & Goliath". What we need to remember is that there are a lot to Davids out there and he won, and we can too. Use your voice every way you can. Voters are fed up with government, big pharma, and mega corporations. Let them know how you think, and stop buying their products.

12 years ago

I have not seen this doc yet, wanted to check out the comments first and as I suspected it is about the health hazards of drinking bottled water. I still see lots of people hauling cart loads of water out of the supermarket. I was doing it myself walking it about a mile one way in a cart. I finally purchased a Pur filter for my tap that only cost $25 and the filters are $20 for three months. Then I found a Watt counter top filter at Amazon for about $45.00 including a carbon block filter that last about 6 months and only costs $20 to replace. I also use a KVM shower filter that will last me a year for $30. The Watt filter is great and the water tastes great and no chlorine taste at all. I had my tap water tested with and without the filter and without there was little to be concerned about, only at the first of several months when they chlorinate the water, it's awful. With the filter there was hardly anything detected, so I felt it was cheaper for my wallet and time wise to use a counter top filter. I get alot more great tasting water at a much cheaper price. You can also get higher quality filters for the Watt counter top unit. New Wave sells one that is a 10 stage filter for $75-$100 available at Amazon, that filters out practically everything and last for a year providing enough filtered water for a family of four, for me being single it would last two or three years. An economical option.

12 years ago

Personally, I'm grateful for having seen this documentary here. There's a citizen/student group at CalTech (Pasadena CA) that shows such documentaries and holds discussions monthly. Because I work with a water conservation company, I will be hosting the next showing, which is . . . . Tapped. This free source site has helped me to prepare. Thank you!