Cheers to Water: Bottled Water or Tap? and the winnner is…

by carko on January 12, 2015

I’ve never been super big on coming up with a list of short term New Year’s resolutions. I believe in keeping a long list of attainable Life Goals that I work at all year round. Having said that, when pressed by numerous people to come up with one New Year’s goal . . . the only thing I could come up with is Drink More Water! I must admit, I am the worst offender and really don’t like drinking plain water. Some call me a camel but I need fresh lemon juice (squeezable organic juice works) or some flavoring in it to swallow it. I am also super picky about what is considered flavoring so sometimes my choices are limited. Often times, I will forgo the water if it contains anything chemical or artificial. I do however know how crucial water is to our overall health. It makes up, on average, 60 percent of our weight. Every system in our body depends on water.

There are several rules of thought on how much water is enough. Some follow the 8 glass a day approach which is fine. However, we must take into consideration activity level, climate, and health status. For an average healthy adult not experiencing any dehydrating conditions, I suggest consuming half your body weight in water a day. So do your own math: For a 150 pound healthy adult, 75 ounces of water or the equivalent of about 9.5 eight ounce glasses of water or 4.5 water bottles is recommended.

So what are our choices? I was as confused as the next person as to whether bottled water is safer than tap.

Hands down the winner is filtered tap water. I love my Get Clean® Water Pitcher. It’s an easy water filtration system certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) to reduce up to 99% of lead as well as dozens of other nasty contaminants that can turn up in your water and may be harmful to your health.

If you must buy bottled, Nestle Pure Life Purified Water ranks the highest in terms of source, purification, testing and treatment … (and I don’t currently own any Nestle stock.) You can read more information about their testing, pre-treatment, demineralization and water storage in their Purification Report.

When you want to know what’s in your tap water, you can look at your local water utility’s website. It will tell you the source of the water and any chemical pollutants remaining after treatment. It’s the law. Click here for my Water Quality Report. Many utilities also volunteer their treatment methods and mail out periodic water quality reports. If they don’t; next time your bill comes in… give them a call.

So with the high price of bottled water you expect more right? WRONG: An 18-month Environmental Working Group (EWG) investigation of bottled water labels and websites has found that most bottled water brands don’t disclose information about Source, Purity and Contaminants! Only 2 bottled waters disclose water sources and treatment methods on their labels and offer a recent water quality test report on their websites. Just 18% of bottled waters disclose quality reports with contaminant testing results. None of the top 10 U.S. domestic bottled water brands label specific water sources and treatment methods for all their products.

Until the FDA cracks down on water bottlers, use EWG’s What’s in My Bottled Water Guide to find brands with high scores for disclosing full water source, treatment and quality and that use advanced treatment methods to remove a broad range of pollutants.

So get yourself a reusable water bottle and fill it with Filtered Tap Water. It saves money, it’s purer than tap water, and it helps solve the global glut of plastic bottles.

Cheers to water!

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