There's a shocking answer to the question, Is tap water cleaner than bottled water sold at stores?
The answer is, bottled water from the store is often just tap water. In a fancy package.
Shocked and surprised? Then let me say it again.
Is tap water cleaner than bottled water sold at stores? Probably not, because bottled water is frequently just tap water.
I know that is almost unbelievable, but in two minutes I can explain exactly how this happens.
First, bottled water in the US is a huge $16 billion industry. From a time 30 years ago when drinking store bought water was a novelty, and Americans only drank an average of 1.6 gallons of it a year, we now drink more bottled water than we drink milk, coffee and beer. Nearly 29 gallons a year on average. One billion bottles of bottled water are being shipped around the US every week.
Second, just three companies control half the American market between them.
Nestle has 26 percent and many of the brands it owns pump water from springs and sell genuine spring water.
But Pepsi and Coke, which each own about 12 percent, take a shortcut - they just take water from the tap and try to clean it up a little! The packaging might make their water look pristine and pure, but it is barely different to the water running out of your own tap. So, Is tap water cleaner than bottled water sold at stores? No.
That raises two questions to which there are simple, quick answers - which will shock you.
One question is, how clean is tap water?
Answer - not very.
City water officials’ own records reveal more than 2000 different chemicals (including cancer-causing chemicals) have been found in municipal water after it had gone through the standard, commercial filtering and purifying systems which local government authorities use to clean up drinking water. The purifying equipment couldn't stop these dangerous chemicals.
And the same goes for the hundreds of pharmaceutical drugs that find their way into the local water supplies from the homes of people innocently discarding pain killers, sex hormones, heart pills and so on. Fish and earthworms living in these waters are undergoing sex changes. I hate to think what they would be doing to my children if I was not doing something about what our family drinks. (You can read about this at my web site. )
So, is tap water cleaner than bottled water sold at stores? I wish it was!
The other question is, how effective is the extra cleaning that bottling companies do to tap water before they package it?
Again the answer is - not very.
These water giants use the same industrial water purifying technology as municipal officials, and we've just seen these do not stop chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs getting into our tap water.
Sorry. But that is the truth of the science, and we have to reflect on this next time we look at the delicious packaging the bottlers use.
Well, if the answer to is tap water cleaner than bottled water sold at stores that neither are healthy, what should I do?
My own conclusion is to clean up the water from my tap myself. I can get affordable, proven filtering and cleaning equipment that really works and yet sits neatly under a bench, or on the main water inlet to my home. I'm in control.
So do some reading about home water purifying systems. Avoid reverse osmosis, distillation, plain filters, and electric (almost science-fiction) systems. These are all smaller versions of the industrial equipment that does such a poor job in our cities.
Rather, get a system that filters and yet leaves in the natural goodness of minerals that all water has. Getting one of these will bring your family budget back into shape. (For example, you'll be spending more on milk, coffee and beer, again. ) And your children will be drinking genuinely pure, safe water.
Len McGrane writes about home water purifiers and pure drinking water from his web site, http://www.pure-drinkingwater.com where he gives advice and helps visitors with the question is tap water cleaner than bottled water sold at stores ?.