10 Reasons to Avoid Bottled Water

Where do you get water for your family? Find out why the tap isn’t so bad.

1. Bottled water is NO safer than tap water—in fact, it is LESS regulated. Bottled water can be sourced from virtually anywhere. And much of the time it’s simply tap water that has been packaged in plastic and sold. Not a better product, just clever marketing. Companies don’t even have to disclose results of tests for bacteria in the water!

2. Tap water has the lowest water and carbon footprint of any beverage. Bottled water uses up to 2,000x the energy cost of tap! Talk about a waste of carbon!

3. Most of the plastic bottles from bottled water are NOT recycled. Only 25 percent are. The rest end up in our waterways, poisoning the environment and threatening wildlife.

4. Bottled water companies try to scare the public about the quality of tap water and are trying to privatize many public water systems, depleting local water supplies. In 2000, Robert S. Morrison, an executive from PepsiCo (which owns Aquafina) said, “the biggest enemy is tap water.”

5.  Public opinion is shifting about bottled water! 40 percent of people have switched from bottled to tap water. Just think about how much of a difference that is making for local water systems and the lessening of plastic waste.


dog drinking water from bottle


6. Filtering your water is far more cost effective and environmentally friendly than bottled water. Some options, from our friends at Food and Water Watch here. And click here for a guide from Environmental Working Group.

7.   Save money by drinking tap water. Here’s a great image to prove the savings from drinking tap add up!

8.  Teach your kids that (most) tap water is safe and healthy. Support water bottle refill stations in schools.

9.  Concerned about the quality of your water? Check out the Food and Water Watch guide to safe tap water to help you decipher what’s in your water here. The EPA also has some great state by state resources here.

10. You can make a difference in protecting public water for all. Pack and use refillable water bottles with your family.

Written by Katy Farber for MomsRising.

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Crystal G.
Crystal G3 years ago

Seriously Chris? People don't trust the FDA nowadays.

Angela K.
Angela K4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Chris H.
Chris H.4 years ago

Hi, as a representative of the International Bottled Water Association, I wanted to address some inaccurate information you provided about bottled water. Consumers can always visit www.bottledwater.org to learn more.

Your statement that bottled water no safer than tap water is not true. Bottled water is comprehensively regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a packaged food product and by federal law, the FDA regulations governing the safety and quality of bottled water must be at least as stringent as the EPA standards for tap water. And, in some very important cases like lead, coliform bacteria, and E. coli, bottled water regulations are substantially more stringent.

You might want to check out the Drinking Water Research Foundation's (DWRF) detailed study that does a side-by-side comparison of FDA bottled water and EPA tap water regulations. You can find that here: http://www.thefactsaboutwater.org/uploads/BW PWS Just the Facts 2011 rev 0314 Enc.pdf

In 2013 DWRF issued the report, "Microbial Health Risks of Regulated Drinking Waters in the United States," (http://www.thefactsaboutwater.org/uploads/CSA_FINAL_09302013protected.pdf) researchers estimate that more than 500 boil alerts occurred in the United States in 2010. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that waterborne diseases, such as Cryptosporidiosis and Giardiasis, cost the U.S. healthcare system as much as $539 million a yea

Michael O.
Michael O4 years ago

The current popularity of bottled water represents the greatest triumph of marketing over common sense in the history of the world. And I don't mean that as a compliment to the marketing people who worked on this file... :-(

Warren H.
Warren H.4 years ago

As for being a fad I can quote that sales of bottled water have been on the increase every year.

Warren H.
Warren H.4 years ago

Yes but bottled water doesn't have a high content of chlorine. It also depends where the water is sourced. I have worked in a business that produced bottled water and when tested by an independant source it was shown to be one of the puriest forms of water.

Valerie R.
Valerie R4 years ago

Bottled water is a fad, and it's running it's course. Because something is more expensive doesn't make it any better. It's amazing what the gullible public can be talked into believing and buying.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thank you for this very interesting article.

David W.
David W4 years ago


Bill Eagle
Bill Eagle4 years ago

We drink tap water filtered through our reverse osmosis filter. Tastes great and using our filter is lots cheaper than buying bottled water.