Bottled water is no better than tap water

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

water in a bottle
Just as good as tap water?

We all know water is super important for keeping your body in tip-top shape. It helps it function, carries nutrition to your cells, and gives you energy. However, what most folks don’t know is whether or not bottled water is safer than tap water. Can you just guzzle H2O from the sink and fridge, or do you need to be downing it from the safety of a sealed plastic bottle?

Well, apparently tap and bottled water both meet safety standards. See, people often assume that bottled water is healthier because it’s filtered to improve taste, odor, and color, while getting rid of nasty parasites and chlorine. However, American tap water is already treated to remove toxic chemicals and bacteria, and also has something called fluoride added that may offer dental health benefits for your teeth.

Back in 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act was put into effect to make sure drinking water was safe for consumption.  Bottled water basically follows the same standards set for public water, and neither one is required to be 100% free of bad particles, meaning the end result is that both are basically the same! So, before you spend more cash for the extra plastic, don’t be fooled by the illustrations of those flowing mountain springs. Tap water is perfectly fine, as long as your home’s pipes aren’t super rusty.

Featured image courtesy of Diego Torres Silvestre on Flickr. Image of bottled water courtesy of williami5 on Flickr.