Could tap water actually be safer than bottled water?

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

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.

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