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Is it healthier to drink sink water or bottled water?

By August 13, 2014 - 11:40am
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I drink bottled water a lot, but it adds up having to buy water bottles all the time. Is it safe to drink sink water or should I stick to bottled water? What's the healthier option?

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Hi Lauren!

Welcome back to the EmpowHER community and thank you for sharing your question with us!

Americans are fanatics about bottled water and I agree, it can really get expensive!

If your tap water comes from a public water system that treats the water, generally you are safe. There are still contaminants in the water even when it is treated and monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The good news is that the levels of contaminants don't pose any major health risks if you choose to drink a glass of water from your kitchen sink. 

Just be on the alert- your city will issue an alert if there is any possibility of contamination. Also, your public water supplier by law has to mail you a report about the quality of the water. This is called a consumer confidence report or CCR. Keep an eye out for this in your mail or contact your local water supplier to check into the quality of your tap water.

As for bottled water, the FDA oversees bottled water facilities, but there are also risks of bottled water getting contaminated as well.

Lauren, both choices are safe, but both are susceptible to contamination. I would go with the one that tastes better. My tap water doesn't taste as good as bottled water. There are even certain bottled waters that I don't like. I typically buy large jugs of purified water and refill our water bottles at home for on the go. When it comes to taking my medicines or getting a quick drink of water from my bathroom, I simply go for the tap.

I think both are fine, it's a personal preference.

Hope this answers your question!



August 13, 2014 - 12:24pm
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