When it comes to picking water, there doesn’t seem to be one, definitive answer to the question of which kind is better for you.
Bottled water providers claim their water is more pure and put pictures of pristine snowy mountains on the bottles to prove it.
Others claim bottled water is not regulated as carefully and therefore might be bad for you. So how do you choose? That’s really up to you and your taste buds to decide.
The most important thing is to pick your water and then drink it. Our bodies need water to stay healthy.
Coffee, tea and all the other things we put in our water to add flavor just mess up the pure water that our bodies require to keep our systems in balance and our skin hydrated and soft. So let’s dive in to learn more about both kinds of water.
The good news is that both bottled water and tap water are tested to be sure they are safe.
Lou Savant, President of Kiwaii True Spring Water says, “Bottled water is tested to the same standards as tap water. Reporting regulations are different, but that does not mean that bottled water is less regulated when it comes to standards. In fact, any water brand that is considered ‘natural’ such as spring water or artesian water must prove the water does not come from surface water, or contain any contaminant typically found in surface water. Most public water supplies come from surface water.”
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates bottled water while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees public drinking water or tap water. As the FDA website explains, water bottlers must keep the water and bottles under sanitary conditions before, during and after bottling.
The water source must be protected from chemicals, germs, and other contaminants, and water must be tested for contaminants both before and after its bottled.
According to the EPA website, the EPA sets safety levels on contaminants in tap water and regulates how often tap water must be tested.