When it comes to getting your daily intake of good, old fashioned H20, are you drinking your water in bottled or tap form? Today tons of people are seen buying and carrying around bottled water, but is it really better for you and the planet? There's many debates which rage over why the bottled form is really no better than tap water. In this article we'll discuss some of the reasons you may want to avoid bottled water next time it's an option.
First off, most bottled water is exempt from the Food and Drug Administration's inspections, while our public water systems are very well-regulated. The Environmental Protection Agency regularly checks to make sure our water is free of bacteria and toxic chemicals. Overall, there's no real evidence or studies out that can truly say water sold by the bottle is any healthier than drinking tap water.
Another reason is that water in bottled form is considered to be bad for the environment. The more plastic containers that are bought and used, the more it contributes to our planet's abundance of trash. Just like other forms of trash, when people throw out empty water bottles into the open, they are polluting with plastic. These can present a risk to birds and fish who mistake the garbage for food. In addition to that, plastic water bottles have an extremely slow decay rate.
There also seems to exist a public perception that bottled water is safer than tap water, but there's no guarantee for this. As mentioned before, the EPA oversees public water supplies but not the bottled supply of water. There's been previous reported cases of people getting sick from drinking water in bottles, and also certain harmful contaminants being found inside the water. This isn't to scare people, but merely to suggest that tap water is just as healthy and safe as bottled water, and is better for our environment.