Tap Water vs Bottled Water: Stop Wasting Your Money!

I have a confession: I’ve been drinking bottled water for as long as I can remember. For those of you out there who are currently bottled water drinkers (and I’m willing to bet that most of you are), you have to admit: bottled water somehow seems cleaner and safer than tap water. I decided to research the topic a little for myself – the following is a summary of what I found. Guess what? You’re probably wasting your money – and hurting the environment!

Bottled Water is Just as Safe

In this article from ABC News Health, they talk about how 20/20 took five national brands of bottled water and a sample of water from a drinking fountain in the middle of New York City. Samples were sent to a microbiologist to test for harmful bacteria (for more on this, see the video above). The outcome: no difference between any of the waters tested!

According to the same article, scientists have consistently ran tests for safety of tap water vs bottled water and have came up with similar results – they’re largely the same. The United States has the safest tap water in the world.

It Comes From the Same Place

Another astonishing fact: 45% of bottled water comes from a municipal water source (source: webmd.com)! Almost half of the time, you’re drinking tap water in a bottle! Pretty sad, considering that, on average, bottled water costs 500 times more than tap water.

It’s Better for the Environment

Additionally, according to treehugger.com, the environmental impact of tap water is approximately one forth that of bottled water. Even of you drink bottled water for convenience, you should really be doing your part to save the environment and drink tap water.

Wow, I feel like I’ve been fooled for so long! I think I’m officially a convert – tap water seems to win hands down. Thoughts from any bottled (or tap) water drinkers out there?

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2 Responses to Tap Water vs Bottled Water: Stop Wasting Your Money!

  1. Lao says:

    I drink my tap water and its really REALLY hard to convert people who's been drinking from bottled water! Many are unaware of the great benefit there is with Sacramento's tap water. It has NATURAL FLUORIDE!!

    I used to buy bottled water during my first 2yrs in college but as my daily water intake increased, spending almost $2 everytime did burn a hole in my wallet. I finally bought a 2 liter Cyclone Hydration Backpack and it was worth the investment.

    Honestly, I do use a water filter for my water because I could taste the metals in it. I suspect the metallic taste is coming from the pipes, so the filter is doing its job. But I'm still unsure if the filter is removing the fluoride as well. If anyone knows, please let me know. But until then, I'm still investigating.

  2. Forest says:

    Great points, Lao! You're right about tap water sometimes not tasting so good … that is one drawback I forgot to mention. But you can always use a filter and still save a ton of money!

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