Which Is Safer to Drink, Tap Water Or Bottled Water?

Which is safer to drink, tap water or bottled water?

It depends on the tap. If it is a public tap, or the water is off-colour, go with bottled water. If you are worried about tap water in your own house, go to your chemist and see if they sell a "universal indicator", which will tell you if your water is safe to drink or not

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What is your favorite bottled water brand?

nah they are not SUPPOSED to taste the same or else there would be no competition, they use different methods of filtrations, sources, etc etc... h20 = h20 but human = human, ya dig? and for people who say bottled water is a waste, continue drinking the crappy water utility companies provide for you which has been tested to have so many different chemicals in it from people flushing their pharms down the toilet among many many many many other things... now, in my long experience of drinking bottled water i always thought dasani was kinda awkward tasting, someone mentioned voss is okay, fiji is okay, aquafina meh, smart water actually is good and seems to make me pee quick (which i take to mean it is hydrating me quicker) but the best tasting water i have found honestly... evian...good shiznit. also perrier with lime is fun.

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Consumer culture - Bottled water?

Consumer culture is extremely wastefull. The plastic, bottling and transport, all requires energy. If the water is safe to drink out of a tap, do it.

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Water Poll: Is drinking bottled water a healthy alternative to tap water?

i drink bottled water because my tap water has an awful after-taste

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what's the deal with bottled water specifically for baby? what makes it different?

Nothing. It is filtered water with vitamins and minerals such as flouride (for baby's teeth) added. Unless your water is well water, the faucet pours out the same stuff. I did not buy bottled water for my daughter and would not when my new babe comes either. (waste of money)

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What happens to bottled water that grocery stores leave outside in the sun?

Nothing, really.I suppose that animals, insects and birds could contaminate the outside of the bottles more.But as far as the purity of the water, there should be no problem. Iu2019ve assumed that you are talking days not years. Bottle manufacturers would be more knowledgeable about long term exterior storage of their bottles.What happens to bottled water that grocery stores leave outside in the sun?.

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Water filtration devices. Do they save money in the long run over bottled water?

neither placed tap water in a pitcher jug or bottle interior the refrigerator. drink interior of a few days. the concern about bottled water is that chemical substances interior the plastic get into the water. at the same time as they say such issues as "an perfect factor", I initiate to pressure about who comes to a decision what factor of toxins is optimal for me to drink.

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Is it okay to give a cat bottled water?

Yes - but why go to the expense! My cat is happy with tap water, and also drinks from my little garden pond

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Do you drink bottled water or tap?

bottled water.... most of the time..... and tap water .....rarely

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Bottled water vs filtered tap water?

filtered water is way better. stay away from bottled water my doctor even told me to stay away from it it is not good at all for your health. if you can always drink filtered water idk why water taste so differently i guess its the way the clean the water or what solvents they use

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Can Bottled Water Go Bad?

Yes the plastic can begin to break down

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is tap water REALLY that bad for you in comparison to bottled water?

I drink only tap water, filtered (I have no idea whether the filter does any good or not). I keep bottled water in the refrigerator for visiting family & friends who swear by it. That way everybody's happy. One daughter in law only drinks Perrier. OK Perrier in the refrigerator when I know she is coming

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New Puppy! Bottled Water??????

no it is not weird i give my dog only bottle water

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Does our increasing demand for bottled water also drive up the cost of oil?

Of course it does. And why is there such a demand for bottled water? Talk about bogus marketing

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Summary: No, says a nutritionist who advises people to take a few seconds to read the labels before quenching their thirst By Mary AchkhanianStaff Reporter Dubai: When thirst kicks in, we tend to reach out to the closest mineral bottled water we have at hand, without taking a single glance at its composition.Most of the time, people are not very much concerned about the components of bottled waters, and are less likely to choose one brand over the other, unless it was the packaging or temperature of one bottle that was favored more during that particular moment.Taking a second to scan the labels on a bottle of water does make a difference, said Nadine Aoun, a nutritionist and dietitian at Medcare Hospital. Drinking water has lots of benefits and is important for our survival, but not every bottled water is the same in its composition."People never tend to read water composition since we all know the importance of water and that a person can live 40 days without eating but never without drinking," she said.Each element in different brands of bottled water is important for the body, she adds. "One must read carefully the composition of water, and especially look for the amount of sodium content." Excess sodium consumption increases the risk of hypertension, heart diseases and strokes, which is why a very few residents pick bottled water with low sodium content. According to Nadine, even though sodium in drinking water contributes only a small fraction of a person's overall sodium intake, it is highly recommended to drink water low in sodium content."Sodium is the main positively charged ion outside the body's cells," said Nadine. "It attracts water, and this is why too much sodium raises blood pressure and aggravates hypertension. It is rare to find diets that lack sodium." As per the recommendations by Dietary Reference Intake (DRI), the recommended intake for people between the ages of 19-50 is 1,500mg of sodium per day, for those between 51-70 it's 1,300mg per day and those 71 years and older it's 1,200mg per day."It is for nutrition's best sake to choose water rich in calcium and magnesium but low in sodium. Since our diet is very high in salt, it is recommended to drink water with sodium content lower than 20 mg/L. If you drink two liters of water containing 20 mg/l of sodium you will reach 40 mg that is about five per cent of the total intake," she said.However, to actually reduce daily intake of sodium and follow proper sodium restricted diet, in case one suffers from hypertension or any other medical condition, it would be more logical to change one's nutrition, said Nadine.Gulf News looked at the composition of six different brands of bottled waters sold in the UAE and found that each contained a certain level of sodium. Most of them had sodium that was less 20mg/L. Only one of the six bottles contained the highest level of sodium, which was 110mg/L.Another brand had recently introduced the sodium-free version of their bottle as healthier water option. While the second lowest sodium volume found in one brand was 2.5mg/L. Nadine recommended such volumes for those who want to reduce their sodium intakes. One brand Nadine explained that water rich in calcium and magnesium has various benefits for the body."Most of the body's magnesium is in the bones and can be drawn out for all the cells to use in building protein and using energy.Those who lack magnesium suffer from cramps, fatigue, low stress resistance, and heart beat irregularities." As for calcium, it makes up the bone and tooth structure and plays roles in nerve transmission, muscle contraction, and blood clotting, she added. "Calcium absorption rises when there is a dietary deficiency or an increased need such as during growth. Calcium helps prevent osteoporosis and reduce hypertension, and is important for growing children." Nadine added that A PH of 7.4 and 7.6 is ideal in drinking water as it matches the PH of the tummy. As for other elements like sulfate, Nadine said water naturally contains small quantities of Sulfate, which are transferred in water bodies from the atmosphere. "There is no recommended intake, but too much sulfate in drinking water, either naturally or through contamination, can cause diarrhea or can damage the colon." Nitrate water content of about 10mg/litre is considered normal and natural, she said. "The maximum admissible content of fluoride in water, on the other hand, which stabalises the bones and makes teeth resistant to decay, is 1mg/Litre because an excess can cause fluorosis.This water is recommended during growth and for those affected by osteoporosis but is not intended for long periods." "Bicarbonate in mineral water is natural coming from the rocks through which the water filters and the levels have little effect on health." Tap Water in the UAE Tap water in the UAE is suitable for consumption, she confirmed, only when there's a proper sanitation of the tanks in their buildings once in every six months and a utilization of filters."Some tap water contains bacteria that may cause many diseases. This especially happens when the tanks and pipes are poorly maintained and not cleaned regularly. Bacteria can accumulate and cause stomach upsets and other health problems especially for children and elderly people on the long term." As for the sodium content found in tap water, a few years back when Gulf News tested four samples of tap water from four different areas in Dubai - Deira, Bur Dubai, Silicon Oasis, and Jumeirah - the sodium levels found were quite high with the lowest containing 46mg/liter and the highest 65mg/liter.Does bottled water with higher sodium affect weight?This is a misunderstood concept said Nadine. Excess sodium consumption from eating a meal high in salt can increase the body's water content which can show up on the scale, but the body sheds the excess over the next day or so as the sodium is excreted."Gaining or losing water weight does not reflect a change in body fat. Fat weight takes days or weeks to change noticeably, whereas water weight can change overnight. If blood sodium rises, as it will after a person eats salted foods, thirst ensures that the person will drink water until the sodium-to-water ratio is restored. Then the kidneys excrete the extra water along the extra sodium." She said dieters think that eating too much salt or drinking too much water will make them gain weight, "but they do not gain fat of course. They gain water but a healthy body excretes this excess of water immediately." Excess salt is excreted as soon as enough water is drunk to carry the salt out of the body. So to keep body salt under control is to eat salt in moderation and drink more water.[c] Al Nisr Publishing LLC 2017. All rights reserved. Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. ( Syndigate.info ).
In Morocco Even Bottled Water Can Be Dangerous
Faucet and sometimes bottled water in Morocco is not of high quality. The water is the reason of many intestinal diarrheas, from which not only tourists suffer but also natives. There are no cities in Morocco, where you can drink pure faucet water: sewage of big cities of the country and industrial flowing are thrown down to the area of rivers and to the sea without preliminary purifying.The Morocco authorities are worried about the ecological condition of basins and, as a result, low quality of faucet water. By 2008 building of new purifying constructions and 35 km of a sewerage drain in the city of Tetouan is planned in Morocco.We remind that this year the World Bank loaned to the Morocco authorities US$ 100 million for water sector development. The close date of this program is the 31st of December 2007. The program is designed to provide annual budget support and sustain the incremental implementation of a broad program of reforms in Morocco's water sector towards more efficient and sustainable water management and service delivery. Guided by principles of integrated resources management, demand management and performance management, the program tackles central sector governance and financing issues while supporting sub-sectoral reforms in resource management, irrigation, and water supply and sanitation.Till that time guests of Morocco are recommended categorically not to drink water from basins and water-pipes without preliminary boiling. You should better buy bottled water of factory packing, at the same time paying attention to impermeability and safety of bottles. You should remember that Morocco natives practice swindling with water: they can pour faucet water in a used bottle and put it for sale. Usually small stores and street shops sin with it.Besides you should not order drinks with ice at bars: nobody guarantees that the ice is not frozen faucet water. Juices with ice, which are offered everywhere, you should also drink with big prudence: many bartenders add to juices either not very pure ice or faucet water.Travelers recommend the following local sorts of mineral water: "Sidi All", "Sidi Harazem", "Ulmes", the main thing is safety of packing!At many hotels faucet water is quite safe because of water filters, but it has an unusual for European or American stomachs composition of micro elements, so it can also cause digestive disorders.
Bottled Water and Why Aussies still Drink It
With one of the most stringent governances of tap water in the world, you would think developing a booming bottled water market in Australia is akin to selling ice to Eskimos.But despite publicity about plastic waste, effective marketing is not the only force steering consumers to a bottle.Age, gender, culture, and lack of trust in water utilities all contribute.Sydney Water last year commissioned research to understand the decline in trust of tap water, and confirmed bottled water marketing had an influence.Western Sydney University's Professor Gay Hawkins, who worked on the project, said the bottled water companies promoted purity."Even though the bottled water markets don't explicitly criticise tap water, they undermine it by creating a new set of values around water in bottles," she said.The chief executive of the Australian Beverages Council, Geoff Parker, said strong labelling and consumer laws ensure what appears on labels is true, particularly with respect to spring water claims.He said the industry - which now generates over $700 million annually - had expanded in the past five years largely due to consumers' preference for convenience, taste and rising health consciousness.A Queensland Urban Utilities survey found 35 per cent of people preferred bottled water over tap water, while 29 per cent thought it was better for them than tap water.Blind testing in South Australia revealed many people cannot tell the difference without packaging.Australia's governance of tap water is extremely strict and bottled water is not subject to the same checks.Water utilities follow about 250 rigorous guidelines, developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council, which cover everything from metals to microbiology.Adam Lovell, the executive director of peak body Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), said when the World Health Organisation set up guidelines, it used Australia as a model.Most people have only a basic understanding of water services, Mr Lovell added.Professor Hawkins thinks many take the system for granted."They don't understand it and they certainly wouldn't take it for granted if they knew what it was like to live in a country where bad governance means there is unsafe water." A national report monitoring outcomes shows nearly 100 per cent compliance."You won't see that in many other countries, believe me," Mr Lovell said.Mr Parker believes bottled water is not an alternative to tap water, but to all other packaged beverages - and with Australia's expanding waistlines that alternative is important."Water is also a great choice for people who want fast and easy hydration without worrying about calories, and bottled water provides those benefits away from home," he said.According to a WSAA survey, 60 per cent of people drink tap water and under 40s are far more likely to drink bottled water.Women represent a higher proportion of bottled water drinkers. Professor Hawkins said the industry was built up by initially targeting fitness-conscious females, but there are also fitness arguments about the need to be "constantly sipping".Sydney Water focus groups also revealed Mandarin-speaking communities demonstrate "profound cultural resistance" to drinking from the tap.Professor Hawkins said there was an "absolute ingrained habit" to boil drinking water, but also different cultural meanings around drinking."That community liked to drink tea more than water," she said."You can't say everyone has the same relationship to water utilities." According to the National Waste Report (2016), Australia produces about 64 mega tonnes of waste a year, or 2,705 kilograms per capita.About 58 per cent of it was recycled and a comparison by Planet Ark suggests Australia's recycling rate is relatively on par with northern European countries.The ABC's War on Waste this year highlighted the impact of single-use plastics, with more than 666,000 tonnes of plastic waste produced by Australian households every year.Mr Parker said bottled water has one of the lowest environmental footprints of any commercial beverage and the industry is taking steps to tackle the waste problem posed by plastic bottles."Australian bottlers lead the way in new technologies designed to minimise the environmental impact of their product, including light weighting of plastics used, world leading water use ratios, blow fill bottling technology," he said.The industry has also been supporting governments that want to introduce container-deposit schemes.Professor Hawkins believes the waste problem does sway some consumers, but water bodies need to encourage people to celebrate being lucky enough to live in a country where good governance leads to a safe supply."The challenge is to manage it carefully so it's protected and distributed fairly," Professor Hawkins said."Water utilities do that in the name of population health, economic growth and environmental sustainability."They need to promote that." 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Where Can I Buy a Good, Cheap Water Filter so I Can Stop Buying Bottled Water?
walmart has the brita option its great !we used it for while1. Water filter for Well water...whole house?here in louisiana we have plenty such wells,, I started with a $25 filter,, then the water table changed and I was getting cloudier water so I went to Lowes and bought a $60 filter and added it in line with the first one.. I used fine filters in the large one and then use a charcoal filter in the second one!! works great!!! sizes?? I would say the first was about a quart sized and the second about a gallon sized globe!!2. What house water filter and reverse osmosis systems for the sink are best? When are they needed?RO is needed for a house when the water being consumed is sourced by a borewell / bought from an unknown source. This type of water generally has high TDS which is to be removed. Pl ensure the RO is followed by a UV for your safety. If you are being delivered surface (river) water(government supplied water are generally sourced through a surface source) RO is not necessary since the TDS is generally low. Only a UV will suffice thenWhat house water filter and reverse osmosis systems for the sink are best? When are they needed?3. How can one make a safe inexpensive water filter to make tap water safer and better tasting?I would just buy one.. they should be only a thousand dollars and you will get fresh tasting water!4. What is a good company to use when putting your home on a water filter in the Dallas area?My favorite is WATER EVENT. We've used their reverse osmosis filters for more than ten years. In the process we've moved house twice; they've promptly reconnected and serviced the filters. A great filtration system, and a company with great service.5. Can a Brita water filter make urine safe to drink?Purina Water Filter6. How often do i chang the water and filter bag the in my tank? ?if you dont have much fish (6 guppies is small) dont change your water too often. I woudl suggest once in 2 months - even if you do it more often dont change more than 15%. Every time you cange water you are affecting teh equilibrium of teh tank enviornment. Changing filter should can be done when you feel that speed of the water flowing out of the filter has reduced. Buy one of the 30Ft pipe with a siphon - you get it for $30 or some at pet stores. This should help you get water out & in (from a tap) to teh tank.7. Water filter in fishtank is too loud?If its noisy because its dropping water into the tank then you need to make sure the water levels are high enough. The farther the water has to fall the louder its going to be8. Do i really need to change the filter on my britta water filter? Cant i just wash it out and keep using it?Crack it open (filter) and see how dirty it is.. You will find out for sure if your tap water is clean9. Do I need to change the water filter if not used frequently?If you are going to drink the water, either change the filter or remove it. The gunk accumulated even with low use will sit in the filter and multiply on it's own (if bacteria or virus) and most communities claim drinking water to be healthy. I suggest you consider your local water supply, and if you would not drink the water directly from the tap without filtration, then change the filter. bottled water is not a great alternative, cost, ecological damage, and no control on water quality.10. Using a water filter to drink water from streams and lakes?OMG can you not make up your own mind???11. Design an experiment to test drinking water filter cartridge?Oh yes, I would be interested, too....! I assume you are talking about those expensive cartridges which you attach to the spout, and which look like mini-oil filters? I am using these, for my well water, to filter rust and limestone solids out, and I found, whenever the green LED changes to yellow, I just take the cartridge out, and the SAME one back in, and I can repeat that several times, and it still seems to function perfectly...But then again, I only check for solids (because I use a separate ultraviolet biological filter). The first thing we would need to do is establish what is "good" and what is "bad". Or in other words, what does Brita actually guarantee? I have not seen that kind of detail, especially things like e-coli count or such....
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