But worse, for all I knew, it could have been imported from China. The manufacturing process has little regard for product safety, nor does it have laws regulating it.Sorry folks, I don’t mean to offend anyone with a remark that smacks of ethnocentricity. A small warning light went off in my head for another reason: Under the smallish icon with the words “Bisphenol-A FREE” were the words “RIGID PVC Free of Bisphenol-A.” Something didn’t sit right about that.I wasn’t sure what “RIGID PVC” meant other than the material was made out of PVC. I mean, the water that comes into many people’s homes travels through PVC pipes.

The other day I purchased a 5-gallon plastic jug to hold my alkaline drinking water.

Naturally, I checked to make sure it was labeled “BPA Free.” It was.

I noticed that the company selling it was out of Laredo, TX.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the plastic was manufactured here in the USA – if that means anything anymore.

But whatever it was, it was strong, offensive, and had me puzzled. Inside the recycling symbol triangle was the number 3.

Without looking at a recycling cheat sheet, I knew that numbers 1 and 2 were considered safe for drinking, but I wasn’t sure about number 3.

Nevertheless, I proceeded to rinse out the jug, first with warm water and grapeseed extract, a natural disinfectant I use regularly with water to spray my produce. I decided to then use food grade hydrogen peroxide with warm water, shaking it around, making sure to coat every inch of interior surface area, washing the lid separately in hot soapy water. So I set it on its side, hoping that airing it out would get rid of the odor while I Googled “plastic water bottles.” I found lots of results.

That should have been the first check – but I’ll get to that shortly.

I got home, eager to rinse out the bottle and get it ready for my drinking water, which I buy from a trusted local source.