Bottled Water Vs. Tap Water

Posted on January 23, 2008 

Bottled Water Vs. Tap Water

Remember the drinking fountain, that once ubiquitous, and free, source of H2O? It seems quaint now. Instead, bottled water is everywhere, in offices, airplanes, stores, homes and restaurants across the country. We consumed over eight billion gallons of the stuff in 2006, a 10 percent increase from 2005. It’s refreshing, calorie-free, convenient to carry around, tastier than some tap water and a heck of a lot healthier than sugary sodas. But more and more, people are questioning whether the water, and the package it comes in, is safe, or at least safer than tap water—and if the convenience is worth the environmental impact.

Evocative names and labels depicting pastoral scenes have convinced us that the liquid is the purest drink around. “But no one should think that bottled water is better regulated, better protected or safer than tap,” says Eric Goldstein, co-director of the urban program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit organization devoted to protecting health and the environment.

Yes, some bottled water comes from sparkling springs and other pristine sources. But more than 25 percent of it comes from a municipal supply. The water is treated, purified and sold to us, often at a thousandfold increase in price. Most people are surprised to learn that they’re drinking glorified tap water, but bottlers aren’t required to list the source on the label.


2 Responses to “Bottled Water Vs. Tap Water”

  1. Ericho Communications on January 23rd, 2008 5:53 pm

    My self funded initiative sells a ton of reusable water bottles. DON\’T BUY MINE. Buy anyone\’s. But PLEASE get educated on the facts. The greatest marketing coup of my 25 year career in marketing is bottled water. And our environment needs all the help it can get. Your tap water and a filter will do just fine. Our site gives you resources and information so you can make an informed decision before you make your next purchase of bottled tap water.

    And please know that we really do not care if you purchase a bottle on our site AT ALL! Just get educated and I\’d be happy to tell you everyone who sells bottles so you can compare. You can feel free to e-mail me at to take me up on that offer.

    Eric Yaverbaum

  2. Nick & Alissa Phillips on February 7th, 2008 7:25 pm

    We are 12 and 8 yrs old respectively and are doing a science fair project for school. We chose the topic “Is bottled water healthier than tap water?”
    Our grandparents have told us about studies by
    “The Gerson Institute/Cancer Curing Society” in San Diego, Ca wherein they have concluded that harmful chemicals in plastic bottles infiltrates the water causing a potential for cancer when the water is consumed on a frequently used basis.Also, excessive flouride levels in bottled or tap water can be harmful to ones health. Would you please comment on these opinions which will provide additional research for our project.Thank you for your time and help. (Question was provided by grandparent)

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