Bottled Water vs. Filtered Tap Water

Water is something that every human needs to survive. Everyday in the United States people either purchase water bottles at there near by supermarket or simply just drink out of the tap. However, is bottled water even filtered; is it even regulated by the government?

Bottled water can be glacial water, purified water, and spring water. It is said that even most bottled water companies simply put regular ‘tap water’ in each bottle. Of course doesn’t that mean that bottled water isn’t filtered? In the year of 2007, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) had announced that they have carried out a four-year study on bottled water. The results were startling; it showed that one-third of the bottled water tested high for contamination.

Numerous corporations are making a large effort to promote tap water over bottled water, since tap water can be filtered unlike the average polluted bottled of water. It has been said that Americans purchase approximately 28 billion water bottles a year, and 80 percent of those bottles end up in landfills. The average cost in the U.S. for a bottle of water can cost between $0.25 and $2 per bottle; whilst tap water cost less then a penny. According to the NRDC about 90 percent of manufacturer’s costs is from making the bottle, label, and cap.

Even if you still consider to purchase a water bottle, recycling is something that everyone should take part in. Each water bottle ultimately becomes a pollution problem for our planet. However, not everyone takes part, or considers the well being of mother earth. So every time you or someone else buys a water bottle, ask yourself this one question…what’s in the water?