Let me explain.
Tap water is actually held to more stringent quality standards than that of bottled water. And, there are a lot of bottled water companies out there who are just bottling up tap water and calling it “spring water”. Hmmmm.
Americans are consuming approximately 22 gallons annually of bottled water, yet scientific evidence supports that tap water is actually better for us. Not to mention–drinking tap water makes a world of difference for our environment.
Did you know that nearly 90% of bottled water bottles are NOT recycled–instead they just sit there in our already overcrowded landfills.
And, get this, virtually every independent study on bottled water shows contamination from bacteria and or synthetic chemicals. Yikes!
So, the moral of the story: drink tap water! Go out and buy a Brita water pitcher, or better yet, buy an easy to install and use Brita water filter for your kitchen faucet. Just be sure to put your tap water into either a glass or stainless steel water bottle, or a plastic one that is a labeled on the bottom with a #2, 4 or 5. These numbers let you know that the plastic bottle you are drinking from will not leach harmful chemicals into your tap water! To decide which reusable water bottle to buy, give Planet Green’s Choose a Health-Friendly Water Bottle article a read.
For more information on tap vs bottled, check out: A World of Reasons to Ditch Bottled Water and the EPA’s Ground Water and Drinking Water FAQ section.
this is great! thanks aimee!
I bought a BPA free bottle, but the bottom of the bottle number is 1. I should replace it right?
I'm buying a water filter today!
Here is a link to a new documentary called "Tapped".
I was amazed when I heard about it on NPR!
The NY Times has been running a series on bottled water vs tap water and the quality of water in our communities. A fascinating topic. Thanks for covering it here as well