Southern Research Laboratories was established in 1991 and for the past 17 years, SRL has provided water and soil sample testing to environmental customers. Our expertise in water testing will soon lend itself to residential customers for the safety of drinking water.
We are in the process of offering residential customers a combination of testing and filtration packages. Currently, SRL is researching the many water filtration systems on the market and will soon offer an affordable quality filtration system.
Our goal is to become more involved in the process of eliminating the use of plastic water bottles and the promotion of unregulated bottled water in this country.
National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) concluded after a four year study, “An estimated 25 percent or more of bottled water is really just tap water in a bottle—sometimes further treated, sometimes not.”
- City tap water can have no confirmed E. coli or fecal coliform bacteria. FDA bottled water rules include no such prohibition (a certain amount of any type of coliform bacteria is allowed in bottled water).
- City tap water, from surface water, must be filtered and disinfected. In contrast, there are no federal filtration or disinfection requirements for bottled water.
- Most cities using surface water have had to test for Cryptosporidium or Giardia, two common water pathogens that can cause diarrhea and other intestinal problems, yet bottled water companies do not have to do this.
- City tap water must meet standards for certain important toxic or cancer-causing chemicals, such as phthalate (a chemical that can leach from plastic, including plastic bottles); some in the industry persuaded the FDA to exempt bottled water from the regulations regarding these chemicals.
- City water systems must issue annual "right to know" reports, telling consumers what is in their water. Bottlers successfully killed a "right to know" requirement for bottled water. (Source: Bottle Water Blues)
Please check back soon for more details.