Saliva Backwash: Wash Waterbottles
REUSED WATER BOTTLES CARRY DANGEROUS
EDMONTON--Reused water bottles can lead to serious stomach
infections if they're not washed properly say Alberta health
Dr. Gerry Predy, Edmonton's medical officer of health, has
sent out a public warning to keep the bottles clean.
"You do get germs from your mouth on it and there's bits of
protein on saliva that organisms can thrive and grow on," says
Predy is responding to a University of Calgary study. Research-ers
tested the water in children's reused bottles at an elementary
Dangerous levels of bacteria were found in nearly three out of
"If these levels of bacteria were in a public water supply, then
the public water supply would be shut down or a boil water
advisory would be issued," says Cathy Ryan, one of the re-searchers.
Many people believe that their bottles are free from dangerous
bacteria because they're the only ones using it.
"If I have my individual one, I don't see the point (of washing
it)," says Lindsay Parsons, a hockey player. Parsons says his
bottle is never washed.
"I never got anything from it (and) I don't let anyone else use
it," says Dan Gladwin, Parson's team mate.
Researchers say that's the wrong way to go about it. Ryan says
germs grow on the saliva that backwashes into the bottles and
that can cause severe stomach infections.
"Most people.feel it's something they themselves have been
using (so) they are not too worried about it, but it's just like any
other dish or utensil - they should be washed every day," says
Predy says all bottles need to be washed with soap and warm
water daily and left to dry.