Water is an essential part of life. So naturally, people want to drink the cleanest water possible. To appeal to consumers, bottled water companies advertise the health benefits of their bottled water. The question is, is bottled water really better than filtered tap water?
While the FDA regulates bottled water, their oversight does not extend to water that is bottled and sold within the state lines. Bottling companies are required to complete an annual inspection, but if a product is found to be contaminated they are not required to alert consumers. The product just simply must be removed from store shelves. In contrast, tap water is routinely inspected for purity and the levels of any contaminants in it.
Bottled Water Does Not Mean Safe Water
Most consumers consider bottled water to be safer to drink because it comes from a natural spring or glacier. Unfortunately many times the water source is less than desirable. By using faucet filters or a refrigerator water filter, you can remove contaminates found in tap water and know exactly where your water is coming from.
Water bottles have a small percentage of recycled material. Most consumers do not recycle plastic water bottles as often as aluminum cans. This can account for a large amount of additional garbage. By using filtered water in a reusable water bottle, you will not only reduce the amount of garbage in a landfill, but also reduce the costs of having to recycle as many plastic bottles.
Drinking From Disposable Water Bottles Can Have Safety Issues
Consumers often leave their bottles of water inside a hot car or in the sun for long periods of time. When the plastic of the water bottle heats, toxins can be created causing health conditions for consumers. In addition, consumers may be at risk when drinking from office water coolers because water coolers are not BPA free.
Bottled Water is Expensive
Paying a dollar for a bottle of water may not seem expensive, but the total can add up fast. Every year, the average American spends more than $100 on bottled water. Using faucet filters can save an average of $300 annually while still providing good tasting, contaminant free, water.