Millions of people in the U.S. and throughout the world are drinking bottled water. So they must believe there are significant advantages of bottled water vs tap water. However, reliable sources such as the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) and the Food and Watch Organization tell us:
Nearly 40 percent of bottled water is actually re-processed tap water!
According to the NRDC: “While much tap water is indeed risky, having compared available data we conclude that there is no assurance that bottled water is any safer than tap water.”
The good news is that purchasing a device to filter water is relatively inexpensive compared to bottled water. And you can get the same easy convenience with filtering water bottles.
Bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Even though the FDA standards for bottled water are similar to EPA standards for tap water, the FDA is years behind in their inspections.
In addition, FDA guidelines are not up to par with the EPA guidelines. For example:
In addition to inadequate bottled water regulation, it is not cheap. Bottled water costs between $1.00 and $4.00 per gallon. Additional costs often include delivery services and/or renting a water cooler.
Add to this the time and energy some people spend having to drive to the store, fill up the bottle and transport it back home.
The fact is that bottled water is at least 300 times more expensive than tap water.
Some people drink bottled for the sake of convenience. However, using a home water filter and a safe, reusable water bottle are just as convenient, and certainly far less expensive.
The other significant cost of bottled water has to do with its impact on our environment. Just to mention a few of these impacts:
Simply say no to bottled water if you value our natural resources.
As far as I am concerned, there are no advantages of drinking bottled water over tap water. However, I don’t consider tap water a healthy choice either.
The healthiest, most economical and environmentally conscious choice is filtered drinking water.