Tapped, Bottled, Filtered: Which is Best

September 9th, 2013

This is one way nature filters water.

natural water

Image via John Christopher (flickr)

Tapped, Bottled, Filtered: Which is Best

I’m asked this question all the time: Which is better? Tap water, bottled water, or filtered water? Filtered water gets my vote. Filtering your water removes impurities left by municipal and well water treatment and is the most cost-effective way to ensure your home’s water is safe. Let’s take a look at why this option receives my thumbs up!

Water from the Tap

Tap water comes from your local water municipality or water wells, and as I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Water is a breeding ground for algae, bacteria, and parasites. To make water “safe” and “healthy,” municipalities “treat” your water with chemicals such as chlorine and additives such as fluoride.

These treatments produce some nasty side effects: stomach irritation, the infamous shower eye sting, your dry, flaky, irritated skin… all of that can be attributed to your tap water. Plus, where do you think that unused prescription you just flushed down your toilet goes? (Don’t flush your prescriptions folks! There are recycling programs to use instead!) Yikes!

Water from the Bottle

Bottled water boggles my mind! People believe it’s healthier, and manufacturers promote their special formulation of water and electrolytes in that nifty plastic water bottle as even better. Okay, and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you, because the truth of the matter is, most bottled water is municipal water. That’s right, the bad stuff coming out of your tap is also in your bottle… and you don’t need added electrolytes unless your doctor says so!

Think about the water bottle itself, too. Water bottle plastic is known to cause cancer and the manufacturing and disposal of the bottles destroys our environment. And, how much do you actually spend monthly on bottled water? You’ll be surprised if you do the math. I can guarantee it!

Water from a Filter

You might be thinking I’m biased; after all, I do blog for a water filtration company. But scientists base water filter technology on nature’s water purification process: running water through natural elements, and I can’t help but think that if that’s how nature does it, that’s how I want to do it! And we need the additional protection filtering water provides against water treatment chemicals, added fluoride, and flushed pharmaceuticals. That is the primary benefit of filtered water. It removes all the nasties, including the nasties used to remove the nasties from our drinking water supplies.

Filtered water also prevents those shower eyes that make you look like you’ve been out partying all night. It keeps your hair and skin soft and healthy, and it removes the hard water minerals. And you know what? You’ll save a ton of moolah! So, yeah, I’m a little biased when it comes to filters!


Written By: Lynn Taylor

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