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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.
  • Treehugger.com (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?

Tap water, it's sensible, healthier and better for the environment!

Tap water, it's sensible, healthier and better for the environment!

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    • SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Most bottled water is tap water. The rest is a rip off.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Bottled water is a HUGE crime against humanity, no matter how you look at it

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I like tap water when i am sitting at home. I often go on mission trips to parts of the United States that needs to be rebuilt, and often, the water there is contaminated, so I will bring a case of bottled water with me.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i like tap water

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i use tap water i also use the brita filters

    • Jessica 5 years ago from Southern Indiana

      I use a faucet filter so my water is clean and tasty without wasting money or using so much plastic.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      tap water

    • somebodylied 5 years ago

      we are kind of in a crap situation. Both aren't great, with all these oestrogens in tap water these days, think its best to get water from sources like fruit. I done a post on water actually, you should check it out. http://www.somebodylied.com/how-much-water-should-...

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Tap water. If it's good enough for NYC's billionaire mayor, it's probably okay for me too.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I drink just bottled water because of the rust that in my pipes that makes me throw up everything. But after reading all kinds of information I am at a loss of interest with bottled water.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Just found out that tap IS batter!(:

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      tap water for sure!!!!

      I drink tap every week day and weekend. I wanna save the world!!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      tap!!!!!

    • pickled_cabbage 5 years ago

      I've always thought bottled water was a waste of money. Plus, tap water has fluoride to prevent tooth decay.

    • tcorbs 5 years ago

      I use a water filtration system to filter out the contaminants in my water. Great lens!

    • Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      I prefer a clear mountain spring when I can afford this luxury or un-polluted well water coming from a deep source of fresh water but I live in an area where the water supply has been contaminated so I indulge in more bottled water than I would like to presently.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Tap Water

    • Brownmole 6 years ago

      You're wasting your money on bottled water, and even though tap water tastes a TEENSY EENSY bit different, it doesn't cost a thing, and it doesn't use energy or plastic for a bottle.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Its more sensible to go tap water, but unfortunately not every city in the world provides drinking standard of water - Moscow, russia is one of them. So bottled water is the only option, as painful and guilty as it sounds.

    • JennySui 6 years ago

      Tap water person!!

    • Cinnamonbite 6 years ago

      We (Florida) have been having drought conditions since the late 80s (we no longer have daily subtropical rains) and have been on constant water restrictions for several years. Yet, our state government continuously sells the rights to bottle companies to pump out our aquifer and sell it as bottled water. Hey, the joke's on all of you. Florida water taste like crap. You need a filter on the tap if you want to drink it. Whatever happened to drinking water from the hose? How'd everyone get so spoiled?

    • articol 6 years ago

      Drink both, but I do recycle water bottles when I have them.

    • deanna6812 6 years ago

      I do not drink bottled water, period. We have great water quality here, and I just can't stand the thought of adding to our environmental decline.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      "A fool and his $$$$ is soon parted"... I'll have tap water , please.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Tap water. I come from a relatively rural area in which the tap water is very clean and doesn't have any odd tastes to it. I do not have a fliter for my faucet, but i drink it anyways. I do have some bottled water in my house though because it is very convienient if you are on the go or if you want to put some crystal light in it. Bottled water does have an awkward taste sometimes too.

    • MarkBentley 6 years ago

      I work a couple of blocks from the bottled water factory and they just use the city water supply. I just can not justify all the waste from bottled water for the little convenience that it gives.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      tap water

    • PrepareToBloom 6 years ago

      It's tough to pick a side because bottled water seems to be the only option when you're on-the-run. It is clear, however, that bottled water does get used far more often then necessary. I'm with filtered tap water.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      TAP, all the way!

    • DevBlue 6 years ago

      Tap water is by far better. Chemicals contained in bottled water, along with chemical reaction between the plastic and the water, is dangerous for health.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i like tap its awesome

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Tap water person!!! Alot of the bottled water taste like plastic to me. I would much rather drink tap water.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i think bottled water tastes better but i dont mind drinking tap water and it's better for the enivironment:)

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      tap water. chemicals from the bottled water bottle can leak into the bottled water.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Tap-water, I run it through my refridgerator so it's extra cold, but I don't use a filter. It's smarter. I'm studying Biology in college right now and there are very few reasons to drink bottled water.

    • aquamundo 6 years ago

      Bottled water is a rip-off and those plastic bottles littering the beach are ugly.

    • ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      Tap...tap...tap...I'm tap-dancing and slashing!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      tap! all the way

    • sanamionline 6 years ago

      Tap water all the way. I did a post about this on my squidoo thanks for writing this one

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Both, I do often refill my bottles with tap water so I don't just throw them out.

    • pyngthyngs 6 years ago

      Tap water in most places. Sometimes though it just tastes terrible.

    • JeffMcRitchie1 6 years ago

      Tap water is much more environmentally friendly and often healthier. Bottled water companies aren't held to as strict of standards as tap water, resulting in your tap water more often than not being purer than bottled.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I think tap water is better then bottle

      and if you are a bottle person try to

      recycle thank you.

    • starhorsepax 6 years ago

      Filter tap water. In the fridge, or attach a thing to the faucet. I do buy bottled for when I go out. But then I'll refill them at least twice. The taste and quality of tap water depends on where you are. Some places it's really nasty. Others it's as good as spring. But even bottled can be not so nice. I can't stand Dasani and I'm afraid to leave the bottles in a hot car. I don't want stuff 'leaching in' from the plastic.

    • howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      Tap water person.

    • Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

      Tap water by 60%. I think it depends on where you live. Big city living bottle might be better.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I say that it doesn't matter to me right now. of course we should use sink water because bottled water doesnt help the environment because you have to cut down our breathing resources(trees) to get the bottle. Im sure people use tap water to fill the bottle so your drinking the same thing. You just have to take time to do some resource and study and find information on the cycle of water!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      My beer comes from a tap, why would I drink water from a bottle? Both are environmentally friendly.

    • nebby 6 years ago from USA

      Tap water with a filter is the way to go. I have to admit though there are times when taking a reusable bottle is just not an option (like at concerts and sporting events), then I will buy a bottle of water

    • Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from Covington, LA

      We have well water from a well over 200 feet deep and we use a Pur water filter. The only time we buy water is for hurricanes.

    • Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Bottled water is such a waste of resources and money. It's tap water for me.

    • Surreymagic 6 years ago

      I take tap water in a bottle to the gym and to work- the energy required to bottle and transport bottled water at several thousand percent mark up is simply stupid.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I encourage everyone to watch FLOW: for the love of water

    • daoine lm 6 years ago

      Tap, but ours has to be filtered due to sediment. Plus the addition of fluoride to our water supply is another whole debate.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Yep, it is just better all the way around.

    • Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I filter our tap water to get rid of the excess chemical taste. Then it tastes better than most bottled water!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      tap water

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      We filter our water and use re-usable metal bottles we have wad for years and are still good ,we just clean them out.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      the nasty taste associated with tap water is usually caused by the chlorine in the tap. Chlorine evaporates given some time (about 8 hours in the fridge). after that try putting through a thirty dollar filter. it should taste just as good if not better than bottled, and for much less.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Bottled water=tap water in a plastic bottle. Get a reusable bottle. If your tap tastes funny, buy a filter. It'll save you money in the long run anyways.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Get a solid carbon filter, and refillable bottle. End of story.

    • Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      I like tap water with a slice of lemon and lots of ice, even when eating in posh restaurants.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      @sydeny It's an acquired taste

      Go tap go! :D

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      im a tap water person, it seems way nhealthier and im all for enviormentally safe products!

    • kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Tap water all the way. Plastic does not decompose so we really need to cut down on our use of plastic.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      bottled water person

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I am not a big fan of tap water but i do believe that if you don't drink tap water, at least buy a gallon instead of those 16 oz blottles which waste so much more plastic, but i try to drink from the tap as much as I can!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Want a treat drink Perrier, but don't pay high prices for what was freee a few years back.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Dump bottled water

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      tap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • CokePlaysSax 8 years ago

      bottled tastes bad... i like the taste of tap.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Tap water is much better. Do you know you spend more money on a gallon bottled water than on gas??

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      tap water is so much better

      bottled water is filled with to many chemicals and has to many downfalls to it for me to like it

    • HenryEgg 8 years ago

      Believe it or not I actually prefer the taste of tap water. It seems healthier to me also!

      Henry

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    • anonymous 8 years ago

      tap

    • Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      I love our well water ... when I drank city water I filtered it twice. Bless you Brita - refilled my own bottles, thank you.

    • Sheryl Westleigh 8 years ago from Maine

      I have delicious well water off the same aquifer as poland spring, not reason for me to buy bottled water. If I need to bring water somewhere I fill up a bottle or jug from the tap.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I saw a report on the News Hour about plastic contaminating our environment. It was scary. I'm doing my best to cut down on or avoid plastic.

    • greenerme 8 years ago

      Since switching to fitlered tap water, we really don't taste a difference at all between it and bottled water. It's much easier to go grocery shopping now as well. The bottles really weigh down the cart (and probably your car, too). The savings add up, too. Bottled water was costing around $10 a week, now we only spend money on filters occasionally. We noticed our recycling bin went way down, so we have to empty it much less often.

    Can't beat the convenience of bottled water. Sorry.

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Water bottle are healthier and you can go anywhere with them

      • Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

        We have had a boiled water warning in our area for the past 2 years. Everyone here uses the bottled water for drinking. The water that comes out of our taps in the springtime is muddy. The town is now in the process of building a new water system. Millions of dollars. Of course we, the tax payers, are paying for it.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Bottled water. I have my own stainless steel bottle as well

      • adamfrench 5 years ago

        Bottle, 12 a day

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        bottled water (Dasani) because it tastes better and I actually DRINK it. Water from any source is useless to me unless I actually DRINK it. It's not as much about convenience as it is about taste. And I do recycle my water bottles.

      • Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

        As one who lives off the grid, I don't currently have the option of tap water. However, the bottled water I consume is water that I get from an artesian well (and I reuse my bottles until it is time to recycle them). Many individuals in my area choose artesian water over tap water (after a salmonella scare in which the tap water was temporarily declared unsafe).

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        regular water is much better and cleaner

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        bottled water is better

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I can't stand tap water but next doors tap water tastes yumo..weird

      • Slimmyjimmy 6 years ago

        Even though tap is better for the environment, I choose bottled water. Sounds kinda clean though.

      • Lockerlover 6 years ago

        Sorry but I'd prefer bottled water. I know I know so sorry.

      • Lockerlover 6 years ago

        I'm sorry but I drink bottled water. It's just.... I... Nevermind.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        i prefer bottled water even though i find it makes me sick once in a while. I can't stand the taste of brita water my parents used that for years and died at 60years old, so who knows how safe any of it is..

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        well most of you say tap water but serious, you probably use bottled water.

        you say that we should use tap water but in a few days you'll probably still be bringing a bottle water and drinking from it.

      • GrinningFool 6 years ago

        Both. I try not to use bottled water much but I much rather have water than soda or something while traveling.

      • AnnaleeBlysse 6 years ago

        I don't use a lot of bottled water, but for vast tracts of our country the process of producing tap water is just as environmentally-troublesome. Dams and reservoirs are typically better for people and economic development than the environment.

      • TWOnline2 6 years ago

        in my opinion,it's not the water that is ruining the earth, it's man and his/her chemicals in many different forms. plastic bottles are not the way to go, but in many places neither is tap water. i say get a sink filter to clean your water and store it in healthy containers, sometimes glass if not traveling,

      • Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

        Love bottled water for the convenience. We just plain do not like the taste of our utility water. We use a lot of distilled water! Makes coffee and tea clear and delicious! My opinion.

      • VincentEllis 6 years ago

        I would love to use tap water all the time because it is a lot more cost effective but unfortunately where I live we have the threat of acid mine water and raw sewage contaminating our water systems because the authorities have not done regular maintenance hence I cannot trust the tap water 100%

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Recycled plastic bottles are reduced to pellet form and eventually become, for example, sports wear.. they may not decrade naturally but the empty bottle has become a commodity and its value will increase.

        I live in a large city where the tap water is sharply metallic in flavour but also where serious recycling is in operation...bottled water is the only option (and it's fluoride free)..

        no contest!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Bottle water just seems to taste soooo much better than tap water, even if it is more expensive!!! Volvic all the way :)

      • jenms lm 6 years ago

        Guilty! Bottled water, but ONLY spring water. I won't buy purified water because it is just filtered tap water, and is a waste of money. If I'm at a restaurant that only has Dasani or Aquafini or something similar, I go either opt for the tap water or if they have it, fresh lemonade. Yeah I feel guilty about all the plastic bottles I'm using, but spring water tastes so much better than tap water and water is mostly all I drink. I try to make up for my use of plastic bottles in other ways.

      • ssuthep 6 years ago

        I live in Thailand and I would be crazy to drink water from the tap here. Bottled water for sanitary and health reasons. Eventhough we use a heavy-duty filteration system at the house, bottled water just seems to be cleaner. I would love to drink clean water from the tap though but it is just not possible.

      • missbat 6 years ago

        As much as I wish to use the tap water where I live, I just can't stand drinking it.

      • websage 7 years ago

        (reposting due to glitch on submission feel free to delete the first version if received - thanks)

        Currently I do bottled mineral water, due to poor tap water quality here in Spain. I would also mostly avoid tap water without the following precautionary strategies, but would choose tap water in preference to bottled water when I can take these steps:

        Tap water is actually laden with small amounts of various disinfectants by-products, disinfectant residues, inorganic and organic chemicals and natural and man-made sources of radiation: (See the US Government's own figures:http://www.epa.gov/safewater/contaminants/index.ht... The one thing it is generally free of is bacterial, and other natural microbial contaminants -- thanks to the disinfection process.

        Natural bottled waters MAY have higher levels of microbes -- but frankly we are 'supposed' to be able to deal with these normally minute levels (the world should not be sterile!) BUT we are NOT supposed to have to deal with synthetic chemical residues and by-products that are found in tap water -- many of which are known to be carcinogens, or potentially causative of other chronic and/or serious health issues.

        We are only just learning how sensitive the body can be to low levels of regular doses of toxic chemicals.

        The only real solution from an ecological and personal standpoint is to use tap water that has been properly purified, as far as possible, of any remaining chemical contaminants OR drink water DIRECTLY from a natural source (water mine; bore-hole, possibly a natural stream) that has likewise been effectively filtered and purified.

        Any bottled water that costs more than a few pence more than the cost of the bottle for a 'fair' profit is a rip-off, and that accounts for perhaps 95% of brands.

        Any tap water that has been dosed with chlorine and especially also fluoride (about 50% of US water) requires further filtration before being fit to drink.

        This is not a simple comparison or choice. But tap water drinkers should stop fooling themselves that their water is OK to drink as it is! IF they do not filter using a purifier system (not a simple, virtually 'useless' filter system â your filter must be classified as a purifier), or else distil their own water and then add back some natural minerals (in the form of a small pinch of natural sea salt and maybe a very little Sodium bicarbonate). This of course carries the ecological disadvantage that it may require the use of considerable electrical energy to do this... So most options have their additional drawbacks.

        I believe that we should not underestimate the impact of daily intake of even small quantities of known, harmful chemicals. The health statistics tend to imply that public health issues (especially cancers) are rising without 'obvious' causes, and without much progress in finding cures, AND we are often encouraged to drink at least 2 liters of water a day which means that a healthful hydration protocol actually leads to increased bodily contamination UNLESS we further clean the water we are drinking.

      • Brookelorren LM 7 years ago

        I buy three gallon bottles and have them filled at Wal-Mart. I can't stand tap water... blech. I know that the water that I buy comes from the regular water supply, but it is filtered, goes through reverse osmosis, etc., and tastes really good.

        So I say, the bottled water with reusable bottles :-). We keep a cooler in our house. One of the best things we've ever done.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        tap water taste nasty even though bottle doesn't save the earth it tast good

      • greenerme 8 years ago

        jcgarner- This debate is not about alkalized water, so it is framed correctly. The subject we're talking about here is bottled vs tap -- that's it. What you're trying to promote on my lens is a separate issue. This isn't relevant to the bottled water vs tap water debate. Distilled water comes in a bottle, does it not? :)

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Distilled and or alkalized water for me. Bottled is not one homogeneous category. Sorry this debate is not framed correctly. See my lens http://www.squidoo.com/best-water

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        BOTTLE WATER 4EVER!!!

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        i am a vodka person. but when i drink water once a year,its from a bottle

      • Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

        The taste and convenience of bottled water or filtered water is what I like. Can't drink tap water.

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      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.

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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 6 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 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

          Good informative lens!

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          anonymous 6 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 6 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 6 years ago

          i still prefer tap water,to bottled water

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          VincentEllis 6 years ago

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

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          Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

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

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          JeffreyTymczak LM 6 years ago

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

          Jeff

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          Yvonne L. B. 6 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 6 years ago

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

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          anonymous 6 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 http://www.squidoo.com/bottleyourownwater. 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!

          Henry

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          [in reply to Joan4] Verrry Funnnnny

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          Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          Welcome to Living the Green Organic Lifestyle!

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          Joan4 8 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 8 years ago

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