Bottled or Tap? – Facts About Water

There is a lot of information being thrown our way every day about the health hazards that surround us. Of course, we all want to be as healthy as we possibly can, but how can we differentiate between the actual health scares and money-grabbing scams? This debate is very common when talking about water. In some cities, it is safe to drink tap water, while in others you would probably be better off sticking with bottled. Both have their advantages, but how do we choose which one to opt for? Here are a few tips to help you decide:

The cost of it all

Bottled water is simply more expensive, and that is its main disadvantage. For a person to drink the recommended amount of water every day, it would add up and end up costing a lot. Check your sources and try to determine if there really is a dire need for bottled water, or if it is all just some marketing scam. If the water is truly unsafe, the information you find about it will come from legitimate government sources and it will be supported by facts.
If you do have to drink bottled water, buying big canisters and drinking from them is cheaper than buying individual bottles every day. You should never risk your health, but you shouldn’t let your money fly out the window, either.

Added benefits

Not all bottled water is the same, but the good ones will most often contain additional minerals. Bottled water is filtered, but not nearly as much as tap water, which makes it richer in essential minerals. Sometimes, even if tap water is perfectly safe, your doctor might recommend drinking bottled water if you are lacking some minerals, or if you need to regulate your acidity levels. If this is the case, ask them what brand they recommend, because not all bottled water is the same, and sometimes, it’s of the same quality as the one from your tap.

Alternative options

There are also ways you can process water yourself. By doing this, you’ll get water of the same quality as bottled water. It might require a bit of an investment, but it will pay off in the long run. There are many different filtration systems – from different kinds of pitchers to the small filters you install directly onto your tap. If you are filtering larger quantities of water, for a business or big private properties, than commercial UV systems are the way to go. They won’t only physically take out the filth from your water, but they will actually purify it and get rid of any bad taste and odor.
The filter you opt for should depend on your needs and there is no one-size-fits-all option. If you are constantly on the go, there are bottles with filters, so wherever you top off your bottle, you can be sure that you are drinking good quality water.

Water makes up the vast majority of our bodies, so we should certainly be picky when it comes to the quality of the water we take in. But, we must also be smart and realize when higher quality is needed and essential, and when it is simply unnecessary. But the most important part is to remember that bottled water isn’t the only way to drink healthier water, nor is all tap water bad and contaminated. The key is in balance and it is most definitely possible to drink healthy water without spending your entire savings.