There is a constant debate between mineral water companies that claim bottled water is the safest and healthiest option and municipal water providers who argue that tap water is not only as good as the bottled variety, but it is also much fresher. Indeed, bottled water is stored in plastic recipients for months on end in warehouses or supermarket shelves before they reach the end users, who often believe they are buying water that is much purer and safer than ordinary tap water. All this begs the question: is tap water as good as bottled water? Is tap water safe to drink?
The good news is that UK tap water is one of the safest in the world with an impressive 99.87% of samples passing the purity tests of the Drinking Water Inspectorate. But of course tap water can contain certain chemicals that may not be safe for your health on the long run. Luckily there are ways to get rid of chemicals, parasites, nitrates or other potential health treats. Water filters are one of the most effective ways to get rid of a wide spectrum of contaminants that are typically present in tap water.
Drinking tap water is in many ways a superior choice compared to bottled water. It is certainly cheaper, it is more environmentally friendly, and if purified, it also outranks bottled water on any and all safety concerns.
When comparing prices for tap water and filtered water, filtered water is the cheaper alternative. Even with the initial investment costs of purchasing a water filter system to which yearly maintenance costs are added, filtered tap water comes out as a winner in the cost-effectiveness category. Bottled water is not only expensive, but is a troublesome burden on the environment. The packaging and distribution process of bottled water comes with a hefty carbon footprint. In addition to this, the disposal process of bottled water does not paint a positive image either. According to one estimate, each year enough plastic is thrown away to circle the Earth four times. Although recycling is an option, unfortunately most plastic bottles don’t end up being recycled (only 25% of the plastic bottles produced in the US is recycled). Instead they are often improperly disposed of ending up in landfills and oceans.
Water filters that combine more types of filter media are known as multi-stage filtrations systems. For example, the Puricom Proline Plus 6-Stage Pumped Reverse Osmosis System with Alkaline Filter employs a 6-stage filtration process and uses several types of filter media to remove virtually all contaminants that are a hazard to your health.
Based on the above considerations, drinking purified tap water is indeed good for you from an environmental, safety, and economic standpoint.