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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?

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.

    • 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!!!

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    • 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

      Tap water person!!

    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 5 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 5 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!

      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!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

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

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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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          Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          Welcome to Living the Green Organic Lifestyle!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          [in reply to Joan4] Verrry Funnnnny

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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 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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          Andy 7 years ago from London, England

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

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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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          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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          daoine lm 6 years ago

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

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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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          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!!! ;)


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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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          VincentEllis 6 years ago

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

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          ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

          i still prefer tap water,to bottled water

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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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          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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          Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

          Good informative lens!

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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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          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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          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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          anonymous 6 years ago

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

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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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          PrepareToBloom 6 years ago

          Informative lens, keep up the good work!

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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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          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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          Renaissance Woman 5 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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          SteveKaye 5 years ago

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

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