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Why Tap Water is Best

Why Tap Water is Best

Consumers are wasting billions of dollars a year on billions of gallons of bottled water in large part because advertising spin has led them to believe that water in a bottle is safer or better than tap water.

Truth is, tap water generally is just as safe, clean, and healthy as bottled water, and in many cases more so. In fact, the federal government requires far more rigorous and frequent safety testing and monitoring of municipal drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency requires that utility companies test municipal water hundreds of times per month, while the Food and Drug Administration requires only one water test per week by bottling companies.

Bottled water causes many equity, public health, and environmental problems. Beverage companies often take water from municipal or underground sources that local people need. As much as 40 percent of bottled water comes from the tap. Producing plastic bottles uses energy and emits toxic chemicals. Transporting the bottled water spews pollution into the air, adding to global climate change.

Taking Back the Tap Helps Your Health, Your Pocketbook, and Our Environment
By turning to your home tap, you’ll avoid the arsenic, microbes, toxins, and other pollutants that tests have found in various bottled water brands. What’s more, you’ll face less risk of exposure to chemicals that could leach from the plastic bottle into the water.

Turning to tap water could help you save money, as well. Tap water costs about $0.002 per gallon compared to the $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon charge for bottled water.

Giving up bottled water also helps our environment. Annual production of the plastic (PET or polyethylene) bottles to meet U.S. consumer demand for bottled water takes the equivalent of about 17.6 million barrels of oil, not including the cost of transporting the bottled water to consumers. That more or less equals the amount of oil required to fuel more than one million vehicles on U.S. roads each year. Worldwide bottling of water uses about 2.7 million tons of plastic each year. And in the end, about 86 percent of the empty plastic water bottles in the United States land in the garbage instead of being recycled.

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Food & Water Watch is an organization dedicated to the belief that the public should be able to count on our government to oversee and protect the quality and safety of food and water. For more information, go to www.foodandwaterwatch.org.

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3:31AM PDT on Apr 30, 2015

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4:22PM PST on Mar 3, 2015

must invest in a suitable filtration system and stop drinking mineral water ..Didnt know it took 4 bottles to make 1 THANKS FOR THE INFO

4:23AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Very interesting article

8:23AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

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12:14PM PST on Feb 9, 2013

First off, I am all for not drinking bottled water unless you are in a situation where you have no other choice(traveling cross country, etc.).

That said it is absolutely imperative that you run your tap through a filtration system. Straight tap water is loaded, loaded, with alot of garbage you don't want in your body.

According to Consumer Reports, the best and believe it or not the cheapest, is the Clear 2O pitcher filter. Way better than Britta and Pur(both which cost more).

The absolute ultimate filtration system is a Reverse Osmosis actually installed with your plumbing. But few people can afford this and it requires regular maintenance.

8:30AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

ty

1:28AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

thanks

9:22PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

On August 4th, 2012, the state of New Hampshire will become the first state to require fluoridating communities to warn their citizens about the fluorosis risk the additive poses to infants. This past week, Governor John Lynch signed HB1416, "an act relative to a required fluoride statement." The law will require the following notice on all consumer confidence reports, which must be mailed to all water consumers, be posted online, and available at city halls:



"Your public water supply is fluoridated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if your child under the age of 6 months is exclusively consuming infant formula reconstituted with fluoridated water, there may be an increased chance of dental fluorosis. Consult your child's health care provider for more information."



This new law is a proactive approach to reducing NH fluorosis rates by notifying parents about the risk posed to their infants by fluoridated water. Not only should the law cause more parents to take preventative action by reducing infant fluoride exposure, but it should also inspire them to question why this toxic substance is in their tap water in the first place if it isn't safe for infant consumption. This marks a point when the State of New Hampshire has officially recognized that fluoridated water poses a risk to NH infants; a risk backed up by countless studies and a growing fluorosis epidemic that afflicts 41% of U.S. adolescents.

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5:37AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Thanks for the info.

8:55AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Drinking raw tap water in Poland would be suicide, or at least it would result in a serious infection. We can only drink it BOILED.

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