There is no reason to pit Bottled water vs. tap water. In some cases, it’s the same thing.
In the United States, companies are only required to supply something equivalent, not better than what is currently flowing out of your faucets. Companies like the Coke, Pepsi and Nestle try to provide something better by using reverse osmosis.
I have written many articles about the disadvantages of reverse osmosis. One of the big ones is that they don’t remove chemical contaminants. Pepsi actually adds charcoal filtration to their purification process, but charcoal only affects taste, not quality.
In 2007, Pepsi was forced to add a disclaimer to their Aquafina labels, because it comes from a “public source”. Coke’s Dasani also comes from local municipal facilities. Some Nestle brands do, too.
So, why bother to compare bottled water vs. tap water? To the industry leader’s, it’s the same thing.
How about those mineral waters? Perrier was recalled for benzene contamination. Benzene consumption will either kill you quickly or slowly, depending on the amount you consume. If you only consume small amounts over a long period of time, you’ll die slowly from cancer.
In the USA, there are more than 183 brands of mineral water. Luckily, they can’t use reverse osmosis, because it removes the naturally occurring minerals. So, what do they do to guarantee purity?
Most of them do nothing. They “hope” for the best and bottle at the spring or well. Some of them provide good sources of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium, but you can get that in your home, as long as you don’t use reverse osmosis to purify your water.
Some of the mineral waters come from California where perchlorate is a common groundwater contaminant. It’s a component of rocket fuel, but also a naturally occurring substance. You must realize that natural is not equivalent to safe.
Of course, when it comes to comparing bottled water vs. tap water, perchlorate may always be present, unless you have a purification device that removes volatile organic compounds. The chemical is not regulated by the EPA, even though it interferes with the function of the thyroid gland.
It is actually used to treat hyperthyroidism. If you have a normally functioning thyroid, it will create a condition known as “hypothyroidism”, affecting growth in the young and metabolic function in the old. It’s all kind of depressing.
Instead of looking at bottled water vs. tap water, let’s look for a moment at the advantages of a point-of-use or home purification system. You can filter the waters that you drink and those used for cooking.
You can filter the waters that you shower in and those that you brush you teeth with. You can create a safe haven within your own home, where your water has a natural mineral and electrolyte content, but none of the cancer causing chemicals that are normally present.
If you compare bottled water vs. tap water, you might decide to buy some bottles. But, can you shower with it? Can you make coffee with it? Can you cook with it? I thought not. Get a good purifier. It’s the only sane thing to do.