A lot of bottled water IS tap water. See the link for many related answers.
A report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has actually found that purified tap water is cleaner than bottled water. The EWG conducted tests on 170 brands of bottled water and found that only three disclose information about the water’s source, the way it is purified, and any chemical pollutants that remained after the water was treated. The EWG assigned letter grades for each brand of bottled water and has recommended purified tap water (the only water to receive a grade of A).
No. Actually, bottled water is probably worse for you than unpurified tap water. The reason for this is that in most places, water treatment plants have to provide a detailed report of everything that’s in the water, and it’s held up to very high standards. Bottled water companies, in contrast, do not have to adhere to many of these standards. For example, bottled water companies only have to test their products for harmful bacteria once a week, while tap water must be tested several times a day.
There is literally no reason to drink bottled water. In most cases it’s not as good for you, the plastic bottles fill up landfills and pollute the ocean, and some brands of water -like Fiji- leave a huge carbon footprint from being flown in overseas. Unless you live in a county with an unusually low-quality water supply, buy a metal water bottle, fill up from the tap and save yourself some money!
No, in fact, some bottled water is purified tap water. If you read the label of your bottled water carefully, they usually list the source. Aquafina, for example, is purified tap water and now has “public water source” printed on its label.
Since the health benefits are the same, you are better off buing a water filter system for your home, or better yet, buying a Britta or like filter pitcher to purify your own water. These options are substantially cheaper than buying bottled water over extended periods, and will reduce your impact on the environment. After buying my own filter pitcher, i began to drink much more water and found a good deal more money in my bank account at the end of the month.
Also, if you are looking for a “healthier” water option, you might consider adding some unfiltered tap water to your diet. Recent studies have liked an increase in dental health problems with the increase in consumption of filtered and bottled water. Most water filters remove the flouride (a chemical used to promote strong teeth) that is added to the American drinking water supply. Check out this link for more info: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100413121328.htm
Also, if you are looking for a “healthier” water option, you might consider adding some unfiltered tap water to your diet. Recent studies have liked an increase in dental health problems with the increase in consumption of filtered and bottled water. Most water filters remove the fluoride (a chemical used to promote strong teeth) that is added to the American drinking water supply. Check out this link for more info: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100413121328.htm
To answer this, it is vital to consider location. In Mexico, yes bottled water is most likely cleaner than the tap. However, each US state has a water source and it is valuable information to know where your water is coming from. Here in Washington, our tap water comes directly from the mountains and is not recycled once before it reaches citizens. Our tap water is definitely cleaner and healthier than any bottled water. In Los Angeles, on the other hand, water is used and purified again, or recycled, 18 times before it reaches city dwellers. Even in Los Angeles, the tap is probably as safe as bottled water. Tap water adheres to strict standards, while some bottled water companies have been discovered labeling tap “fresh spring water.” One bottled water company was even discovered pumping their water from beneath a parking lot next to a toxic Superfund site. They might as well have been bottling cancer!
It absolutely depends on where you are and the quality of both the bottled water source and the tap water source. There may be chlorine and flouride in your tap water and in some countries (as well as here) there can be toxins or pollutants as well, but generally speaking bottled water is fairly unregulated and can be less safe here in the United State. There are states such as California that have real bottled water tests, and there are recommendations that bottled water companies be required to follow those strict limits. In regards to a larger carbon footprint – it may be that bottled water is transported further, but that is a separate although, important question not related to – is it “better” for you as I understand the question.
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