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Bottled Water Vs Tap Water

Updated on October 13, 2011

Is Bottled Water Ruining the Earth or is Tap Water Just Plain Vile?

Bottled Water vs Tap Water

Bottled water. Sounds clean, refreshing, and much better than the alternative coming from those old underground pipes, don't you think? You may want to think twice before you buy that mega economy pack of single serve Poland Springs water bottles. The facts are piling up in favor of tap water. Turns out it just might be a myth that's been marketed towards consumers that bottled water is cleaner. Here we'll add up some of the facts and let readers write in with their own responses.

The Facts Are Piling Up Against Bottled Water - Waste, Contaminants & Wasted Money

Here are some articles worth reading about bottled water testing and the impact bottled water has on our environment.

Facing the Truth About Bottled Water

Why these convenient bottles aren't so pure

It's hard to remember the day that bottled water wasn't popular, but it wasn't too long ago. However, bottled water had a huge marketing push and enjoyed huge growth in the last ten years, not to mention huge growth in landfills. Over 22 billion bottles of water were thrown away just in 2007.

Some of the Facts About Bottled Water

  • It isn't held to the same testing standards in some areas as tap water.
  • When heated, water bottles can leach BPA into the water.
  • Bottled water is often tap water! There's a difference between "filtered water" and "natural spring water." Natural spring water=from an actual spring. You'll find filtered water on the market for just as much as spring water, which is really just filtered tap water. Dasani and Aquafina are two "filtered water" products.
  • (see the article above) estimates that bottled water uses 6x the amount of water actually in the bottle to produce it! What a waste!
  • Another fact from Treehugger: bottled water production uses large amount of oil to produce the bottle.
  • Transporting the empty bottles to their filling destinations uses energy and releases harmful emissions. Then, transporting the heavy filled bottles uses even more energy. Just so you can twist the cap for some filtered tap water!

If you do drink bottled water, do you recycle the bottles?

If you do, you're in the minority. Sadly only 20% of consumers recycle the bottles. The other 80% throw them away. These bottles will take hundreds to thousands of years to decompose in a landfill and we're running out of room.

Tossed to the Curb: Water Bottle Waste Picture by Dsw4

Tossed to the Curb: Water Bottle Waste Picture by Dsw4
Tossed to the Curb: Water Bottle Waste Picture by Dsw4

Defend your Side! Love Bottled Water or Hate It? - Tell the world what you think about bottled water and tap water!

The facts are in! And you've made your decision. So tell us...

Are you a bottled water person or tap water person?

Bottled Water Poll

Which kind of water do you drink?

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Protect the environment! Don't buy bottled water of any type.

Protect the environment! Don't buy bottled water of any type.
Protect the environment! Don't buy bottled water of any type.

Brita Water Filters on Amazon - Make your Tap Water Taste Just Like Bottled

The removal of some minerals is the taste that bottled waters in some cases have. You can remove the minerals yourself by using tap water filters and you won't be wasting all of the bottles (or putting the strain on the environment!).

What Tap Water filter do i use?

I use PUR filters and the long fridge-friendly water unit. I'm very happy with it, though I'll offer this advice: buy two, and buy the filters in bulk! They're cheaper that way, and you'll never run out of cold water.

PUR Water Filters on Amazon - Easy Filtration for Tap Water

PUR makes an easy to use water filter that's highly recommend from users. The replacement filters are also sold everywhere.

Entirely Chemical Free Stainless Steel Water Bottles from Chartreuse

Entirely Chemical Free Stainless Steel Water Bottles from Chartreuse
Entirely Chemical Free Stainless Steel Water Bottles from Chartreuse

These Cool Reusable Water Bottles

are available from Chartreuse Products here!

Guestbook - Remember to take part in the debate up above!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      We haven't bought bottled water for many years. That results in a lot of savings.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I get my drinking water from a local artesian spring. So, in essence, I "bottle" my own drinking water (reusing water containers). Thank you for sharing the facts about bottled water and for encouraging green living practices. Appreciated!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Many bottled water companies have admitted that they use tap water and now the government has confirmed that on average there are over 300 toxins in our tap water supply. That is just plain gross!

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      it's very important to keep people aware about these arguments. Well done!

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      PrepareToBloom 6 years ago

      Informative lens, keep up the good work!

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      HealthBug LM 6 years ago

      Very informative lens, I myself love nature very much and do everything to protect it and protect this planet. I usually drink tap water and try to avoid everything that is processed and packed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      adding you to my blog roll and blessed by a squid angel ;)

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      Great job here -- I have almost stopped buying stuff in bottles -- and the 4 gallon jugs on fridges use up lots of energy too, plus need frequent cleaning (or...ugh).

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      AnnaleeBlysse 6 years ago

      I drink mostly filtered tap water, and don't buy bottled water for the cost more than worrying about that industry ruining the environment. Most people don't worry about how water gets to their tap in the first place, but for a huge percentage of our population here in the US, damming up waterways and creating reservoirs to get water to our taps isn't environmentally sound.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      When ever possible I drink tap water, I have both a Brita and a Pure water pitchers

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      Barbara Isbill 7 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Good informative lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Drinking tap water is an emergency last resort. Filled with fluoride and soon to be released other drugs. Its nuts to serve this to one's children.

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      Diana J. Limjoco 7 years ago from Puerto Princesa, Palawan

      Thanks for this great info! I've often wondered about the scam of bottled water.

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      ZablonMukuba 7 years ago

      i still prefer tap water,to bottled water

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      VincentEllis 7 years ago

      Those stainless steel bottle also help keep the watercooler for longer! Nice lens!

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 7 years ago

      Really good lens. Hope you had a happy day! Thank you for making me smile.

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      JeffreyTymczak LM 7 years ago

      Great collection of information and tips. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to your next lens, I will definitely be rating this UP!!! ;)


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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      Great duel. If we do buy water it's in the gallon jugs, not the bottles. We use Sig bottles, too.

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      daoine lm 7 years ago

      I've just bought a hand thrown ceramic water purifier with a fluoride filter.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great facts presented for bottled water vs tap water.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very Nice Lens! Personally I always go with filtered water, it saves tons of money. Its ridiculous how much money goes into the bottled water industry each day and than you top it off with the environmental fall out. Its such a waste.

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      Brookelorren LM 7 years ago

      I like the happy medium... bottled water that you buy out of the machines. Tastes good, but doesn't hurt the environment that much. Plus, I've been drinking a gallon a day. I drink too much for those little bottles. I go through 32 oz at a time.

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Great idea for a lens. I almost always drink tap water.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice lens! This is a very important issue that our generation really needs to deal with, and by dealing with, I mean, being proactive about it and educating ourselves about what plastic bottles are doing to our environment, especially the fact that more and more research is coming out about high-end bottled water companies, and finding out that their supposed "fresh bottled water" is merely bottled tap water. I have an article link on my lens Again, great lens!

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      HenryEgg 8 years ago

      I actually prefer the taste of tap water here in Florida. Also, when we moved into our current home we had a water test. Of the filtered refrigerator water, bottled water, and tap water the tap water had the least part per billion in it. I often let it sit for a day or two to let the chlorine evaporate from it, though. Thanks for the helpful information!


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Joan4] Verrry Funnnnny

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      Paula Atwell 9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Welcome to Living the Green Organic Lifestyle!

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Very interesting. We have the bottled vs tap water debate in our house quite often. Glad to see some discussion on the subject! lol

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks for the important lens. We need to get off plastic!