At one point or another in our lifetime we have been given the choice of bottled or tap water. Which did you choose? Why did you make that choice? Could you taste a difference?
Studies show that most people have made the switch from tap water to bottled water in the last four years. But tap water is just as safe as bottled water research from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows.
Because of the rigorous standards placed on tap water by public health organizations, under normal circumstances bottled water is not necessarily any safer or cleaner than tap water. Plus tap water does not come with any additional waste or cost that is associated with bottled water.
This doesn’t mean that you should stop drinking bottled water all together. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) governs the quality of bottled water and the regulations are as stringent as the EPA standards for tap water. But since bottled water can get costly, here are some suggestions to make sure your tap water is of the finest quality.
- Consider using a filter like Brita or ZeroWater, that specifically targets the contaminants in water.
- Find out where your tap water is drawn from – if it’s a private well, then it isn’t regulated as strictly as a public well.
- Find out what kind of pipes your home has – if it was built before the 1970s, your home may have lead-lined pipes that could throw off the quality of your water.