Many people purchase bottled water with the notion that, because we are made to pay extra for it, it has gone through a very special, top-notch filtration process that renders it totally superior to the water that comes from the sink tap.
Indeed, bottled water advertisers bank on people believing just that. However, in many cases, bottled water is right on par with tap water—and in some cases, it may actually be worse for you than the water that you get from the taps in your home.
My post is mainly based on a news story by CNN about the bottled water industry and I’ve attached the video of this story to the bottom of the post.
Most Tap Water is Safe to Drink
The marketing used by bottled water manufacturers is aimed at striking fear into the hearts of the consumer by convincing them that their tap water is impure and inferior to their products.
However, most tap water in developed countries is perfectly safe to drink straight from the tap, thanks to tap water quality regulations.
Tap water is not gross or bad as these processed water companies would have you believe.
If you live in area which fluoridates its water, you can avoid drinking the fluoride by installing water filter (like this one or like this one).
More than One-Quarter of all Bottled Water Is Tap Water
While the marketing tactics used by the bottled water corporations are telling you how nasty tap water is, they are selling it to you under the guise of a pretty label.
That’s right—around 25% of all bottled water sold to the public is just tap water in a bottle.
Some companies claim to use a special filtration or purification process that makes their brand of tap water that much better, but others simply place tap water in a bottle and profit.
It is worth noting that several of the companies who sell bottled water also sell carbonated soft drinks loaded with dyes, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup—so it’s not like these corporations stand as pinnacles of valuing good health.
Bottled Water Has its Own Set of Potential Perils
Even if the purification process used in producing bottled water is miraculously good, there is still the concern of the vessel it’s being sold in: a plastic bottle.
Plastic containers for food and drink can contain bisphenol-A (BPA), a substance that is frighteningly common in plastics used for processed foods and drinks and yet has severely detrimental effects on human health. This is an issue that I’ve already highlighted in my post about the health hazards of plastic containers.
Plus, the production of all these single-use plastic containers is terrible in terms of environmental cost—not to mention the potential for waste for those who do not recycle their plastic goods.
According to a research – bottled water were found to have more than 24,000 chemicals.
Tap Water is Both Green and Good for You
Putting your own tap water into a reusable container is the way to go if you want good drinking water without having to pay—or make the planet pay—per bottle.
You can opt for a stainless steel container (like this insulated stainless steel water bottle) instead of buying bottled water.
If you are concerned with the quality of water in your area, you can also invest in a tap filter (like this one) to save yourself some money and save the planet some hardship instead of being duped into paying a soda pop manufacturer for the privilege of using their plastic to house your tap water.
If you live in area which fluoridates its water, you can avoid drinking the fluoride by installing a special water filter to get rid of the fluoride (like this one or like this one).