Have you read about this recently? There seems to be an ongoing controversy regarding the following question, “is bottled water better than tap?”. I don’t know about you, but given the facts behind both these water sources, I’m surprised that the question wasn’t answered long ago. Unfortunately, when it comes to keeping your family safe from contamination, neither one of these sources makes sense.
Tap water is delivered via 100 year old treatment systems that utilize a chlorine-based disinfection process. Considering the extensive list of chemicals that have been detected in almost every water supply on the planet, it doesn’t make sense to rely on disinfection in a situation that clearly demands filtration.
You don’t have to take my word for it. Just read what The National Resources Defense Council stated about this problem: “Drinking water plants are old and out of date, and water supplies are increasingly threatened and contaminated by chemicals and micro-organisms.”
But don’t hold your breath thinking that our water treatment plants are going to be updated any time soon. It’s just too expensive for most municipalities to take on.
So for the time being, most households are stuck with tap water that can be unpleasant to drink, at best, and highly dangerous, at worst.
And what about the second part of the question, “is bottled water better than tap?”
Well, despite the fact that the bottled water industry has seen an explosive increase in sales due to peoples’ demand for safe water, there are no government standards in place to insure that the public is buying clean, safe water.
At least outdated municipal treatment systems are required to meet SOME safety standards. The companies that market bottled water are free to do what they like. This means that they can be filling the bottles with a garden hose and they don’t have to tell you.
And the problems don’t end there. The impact that these 60,000,000 plus plastic bottles, daily, are making on the environment is right up there with the worst offending industrial plants.
But if there is no winner in the question, “is bottled water safer than tap?”, then how are we supposed to keep our families safe from contamination?
This is a question that is simple to answer. We are fortunate to live in a time when effective home water filtration systems are as easy to own and operate as any other household appliance.
Breakthroughs in water filtration technology have eliminated the drawbacks of older systems like reverse osmosis and distillation. Systems such as multi-stage filtration are designed to cover a much wider range of filtration needs, while producing water with a pleasant taste and healthy mineral content.
There are other benefits association with multi-stage filtration appliances. They come in a variety of applications such as drinking, shower and whole house filters. These appliances are easy to install and maintain, and are portable if you need to relocate.
I hope that this article answered the question, “is bottled water better than tap?”, once and for all. Now you can spend your time looking into solutions that can truly keep your family safe from water contamination.