Do you drink bottled water? Have you ever thought about why? People drink bottled water for many reasons including but not limited to: perception of safety and purity, taste, convenience, and, in my opinion, savvy marketing.
All right, I’ll come clean: yes, I drink some bottled water. I like having it in the refrigerator for those times when I don’t have my reusable “eco-friendly” water bottles ready to go; sometimes I am just not that organized. But otherwise I am a big fan of my filtered tap water. It is, after all, about 400 times less expensive than bottled water, which averages $3.79 a gallon (this is a budget tip).
Which water do I buy? Well let’s just say I have been called cheap before and this is one place I stay true to that description and buy whatever is on sale when we need more. Fortunately we don’t have to buy it often, as I take issue with the environmental effect of the plastic bottles in the landfills and the exuberant price as mentioned before.
Is bottled water safer than municipal water? Not necessarily. In fact, much bottled water is filtered municipal water. In addition, municipal tap water suppliers are required by law to produce an annual quality report that is available to the consumer. Do you think the bottled water companies are required to do so? No, they are not. Some of them do test for contamination, albeit not as rigorous as the municipalities.
To find out about the quality of your tap water, you can either call your supplier or look the report up on the Environmental Protection Agency web site www.epa.gov. In addition the Environmental Working Group has done some research on bottled water and has given different bottled water a grade which can be accessed on their web site www.ewg.org.
The bottom line: Water is a wonderful resource and the most important nutrient, so please do enjoy some everyday. The most cost-effective way to enjoy water is by drinking filtered tap water from a re-usable eco-friendly (BPA-free) container. If drinking bottled water is the only way to get you to drink water, then that is certainly better than not drinking water at all--remember to recycle those plastic bottles!