Is bottled water really safer?

Dec 13, 2012

The same question has been lingering for a very long time now and has probed experts and health officials to address the debate; is bottled water really safer for you? What exactly makes it that much safer? With so many questions left to answer, new information and findings have been making their way back into the news lately. Depending on who you are hearing the information from, the bottled water debate may still be present. Yet one thing is for sure, bottled water is a serious hazard to our environment and should not replace your tap water simply due to the amount of plastic waste they produce. Our drinking water systems eliminate both harmful contaminants from tap water and the plastic waste from bottled water. Our water filters are eco-friendly and reduce two serious issues for homeowners at once.

According to a recent article from, people buy bottled water for many reasons. Most people tend to be motivated by better taste, cleanliness, convenience, filtration, or purity. Bottled water companies sure make it sound refreshing and natural, but what exactly makes bottled water so pure? How do they get it just as nature once had it? If you learned that bottled water may not be as healthy as they portray it, would the other advantages still motivate you enough to buy it regularly? We didn’t think so. The bottled water business has become a billion dollar business, multiplying in popularity over the last few years. Second to soft drinks, bottled water has become a very popular beverage. With this popularity also comes plastic waste. There are mountains of it in our landfills which doesn’t easily biodegrade.

Similarly, it is stated that you are “basically spending 1,900 times more money for water by buying it in packages” which we could be getting for free. In fact, truth has it that bottled water may actually be worse for consumption than tap water. That turns the tables a bit, huh? According to this article, “in a poll taken in 2009, 84 percent of Americans said the availability of clean drinking water is their number one environmental concern and said some sort of action should be taken.” Well as the article continues, action should be taken based on these eye-opening, jaw-dropping facts; small “amounts of various contaminants are actually allowed to be in drinking water (both bottled and tap), as long as they do not exceed the legal and health limits. Some include nitrate, arsenic, haloacetic acids, lead, aluminium and trihalomethanes. A few other pollutants commonly found in drinking water include agricultural chemicals and pesticides from fertilizer and manure runoff, and industrial chemicals from products and factory discharge.”

So knowing that bottled water isn’t as safe as it should be, does it still seem so convenient? We don’t think so either. Consider our drinking water systems. Convenience means never having to worry about the safety or condition of drinking water whether from the tap or a water cooler. While drinking safer water, you will also be doing your part for the environment by reducing your plastic waste from bottled water. Reducing waste, improving drinking water quality, and saving money – now that’s some major motivation! To read more from this article, click here.

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