Tap Water vs. Bottled Water

If you are on social media or read any type of news, you have probably seen reports about tap water and bottled water. It seems like every drop of bottled water comes from a fresh mountain stream, which makes consumers think that their tap water is straight from the toilet. This could not be farther from the truth. In fact, most bottled water does not come directly from mountains. The water that comes from your tap is highly regulated, so it is safe to drink.

When it comes to drinking water, bottled water is big business. People tend to believe the advertisements, so over half of Americans buy bottled water which puts the industry numbers at over $100 billion each year in the global marketplace. Consumers tout water safety as their number one reason for buying water in bottles. If they only read the reports from the agencies that matter, they would be able to save their money and drink water from their taps.

Local water sources need to meet strict regulations. They include testing for fecal-related bacteria at least 100 times each month - this means that your local water is test at least three times each day! The water needs to be disinfected and filtered based on federal regulations. Known carcinogens need to be completely removed from local water. Even the employees have to meet strict requirements, too. They include being certified to work with local water sources and to be sure to maintain up-to-date certifications based on the latest tests and measurements. Those employees also have to be trained to report the quality of their drinking water. They also have to be able to report violations.

Bottled water is not necessarily bad for you because it is regulated, too. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does require bottled water plants to follow their regulations for sanitation in the bottling plant. They also have to follow quality control and they have to test for contaminants. In many cases, bottled water is tested at least twice because many plants take water directly from taps in cities that have water that “tastes good.” Once you realize that your bottled water can cost over 5,000 times what you pay for from the tap, you will see how much money you are wasting on a regular basis.

The cost of tap water does not just affect your wallet. There are serious environmental issues raised with this industry. The plastic bottles are one concern. Another concern involves the conditions in which the water was sourced. In California, there are companies still taking water to sell in bottles when the rest of the state is under drought rules. Still another concern involves the fact that bottles of water need to be trucked from one location to another, which burns more fossil fuels to power the trucks. Tap water does have some environmental concerns, but most of them do not involve anywhere near the amount of plastic or fossil fuel consumption like bottled water does.

When it comes to sustainability, bottled water does not have much of a future. It is more important to maintain healthy water sources like rivers and wetlands so that tap water can continue to be used. As stewards of the planet, we should be sure that every person on Earth has access to clean water. While bottled water is easy to transport, the cost to the planet is too much to bear in the long term. It is more important to create running water sources for those who currently do not have that right.

If you are curious about the quality of water coming out of your taps, you have a few options. One is to investigate the practices of your local water source and the answers you seek are usually available online. Another is to have your plumber investigate the quality of your home’s pipes. Older plumbing can have buildup that could pollute your water. Contact us at Scott English Plumbing: 949-462-9773 or 714-987-9801 to learn more about your tap water and your plumbing system.