Tap water and bottled water – what is the difference?
If you want to remain healthy then you need to make sure that you stay hydrated. Drinking water is one of the best ways to do this. On average, most adults should aim to drink around eight medium sized glasses of water each day, although the amount required to stay healthily hydrated does vary from person to person. So is it okay to drink water straight from the tap, or is bottled water better?
We are going to look at both of these types of water in this article. We are also going to explain why water purification might actually be your best option.
Tap water or bottled water – which is best?
The truth is that there is not a great deal of difference between the water that comes from your tap and the water you drink from a bottle. Although you can drink both, neither is ideal.
Tap water is treated by the water company before it ever reaches you. This treatment process involves the use of chemicals such as chlorine. After the treatment is completed, the water flows to your home through pipes. On the way it picks up contaminants which are not ideal for you to drink.
Bottled water is often not any cleaner than tap water. The added issue with bottled water is that it’s bad for the environment. The bottles you dispose of are often not recycled, but end up floating in the ocean, or buried in landfill, instead.
Why water purification is the best idea
You have a constant supply of water which comes straight from the taps in your home; so you should use it. Of course, you can drink water as it comes, out of the tap. Given what we have already told you about tap water, you can see that this is probably not a good idea.
To make best use of the tap water you have, the best idea is to invest in some form of water filtration system in order to purify the water before you drink it.
There are different types of filtration system available, so you should be able to find one to suit your needs. You may find that a counter top water filter is a good idea for you. It’s an affordable solution as no plumbing is required. It does take up precious counter top space though.
You may prefer an under sink water filter which is hidden away. This type of water filter does cost more up front, as it needs to be plumbed in, but you have the benefit of being able to filter more water at once than you can with the counter top version.
We have shown you that there is little difference between tap water and bottled water. There are negative aspects to each. If you want to have access to clean and fresh water for you and your family, your best option is to filter the water that comes from the tap.