A Congressional investigation found that the FDA’s regulations for bottled water are significantly lower and have less oversight than the EPA’s requirements for the water that comes from the faucet in your home.
So what does that mean for me?
Bottled water is often thought to be cleaner and better for your health than ordinary tap water, but current legislation does not require companies that produce bottled water to provide any proof that their water is coming from a cleaner source, such as a natural spring or filtration plant. Further, there is a potential health risk to consumers drinking bottled water if DEHP, a chemical used in the plastic, leaches into the water.
But I like bottled water; it is convenient and tastes better than tap water.
Having clean, cool water to drink is great, but there are other ways to get your hands on a convenient and refreshing drink of water. Water filters can remove many particles from tap water and will even eliminate chlorine taste and any odors. Using canteens and other reusable bottles is a cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to buying plastic water bottles.
Where can I get filtered water?
Water filters are available for any home with running water. Many popular refrigerator models come with a built in water dispenser that uses a filter to help purify your drinking water. Some examples of common fridge filters are: the GE MWF, Whirlpool 4396710, and the Frigidaire WF2CB. If you do not have a refrigerator with a built in filtration system you can always try an under sink of whole house filter to remove contaminates from your drinking water. Water filters should be replaced about every 6 months to maintain the best quality drinking water. For more information on replacement filters please feel free to use our water filter guide to find the right filter for your home or refrigerator.
So what is the bottom line?
Bottled water is not guaranteed to be any cleaner than tap water, but if you filter your own water you can be sure that it is cleaner and safer to drink. Refilling canteens and other reusable containers is better for the environment and cheaper than purchasing bottled water.