Virtually all tap water in the US is safe to drink, virtually all the time.
If you live in the united states, then most likely yes. In fact dasani and aquafina bottled waters are just filtered from the tap!
this vid is really interesting on bottled water and where it comes from. http://storyofstuff.org/bottledwater/
In the US it should be. The Safe Drinking Water Act is a federal law that sets water quality standards. Local factors like damaged pipes can affect your very local water quality. A lot of the bottled water sold in the US comes from municipal water sources anyway.
Tap water in the United States is very safe to drink. As noted above there are laws and regulations that are in effect that make if very safe. If you feel that you have unsafe drinking water you can purchase a water filter like Brita and filter your tap water.
If regards to the US, yes tap water is safe, but with an addendum. A report by the Environmental Working Group published in December of 2010 found that the tap water in 31 of the 35 American cities sampled was contaminated with the carcinogen hexavalent chromium (also known as chromium-6, or Erin Brockovich fame). While traditionally considered dangerous if inhaled, the EPA is planning to reclassify the compound as dangerous if ingested. According to Rebecca Sutton, the lead scientist on the report, there is a “well-documented corollary between exposure to chromium-6 and a greater risk of stomach cancer in humans”.
For more information, including the report and an analysis of it by CNN’s Dr. Gupta, see links below.
Tap water is perfectly safe to drink in virtually all of the western world.
The included citation provides data on avaliablity of safe drinking water worldwide.
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