Water...what should we be drinking?


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    When you are looking for a refreshing glass of water, a lot of the time you will grab that plastic "Aquafina" bottle and dump it into your glass of ice cubes. No one really thinks about it because we all believe that these manufactured bottles of water are better for us then the H2o right out of the tap. So, when looking more into this I found that tap water is actually better for us to drink then the bottles of water sold in the stores.

   Studies have shown that bottled  water is not any safer for us to drink then just regular old tap water. Why? In a study done by the Natural Resources Defense Council they found that you are more likely to know what is in tap water then in bottled water because of the different regulations with bottled water. Bottled water comes from the same places that tap water comes from; lakes, springs, aquifers. The only difference between the two when it comes to the water is that bottled water companies are filtered and treated to make the taste better.

   Overall, though, bottled water and tap water are just about the same. Yes, the price of bottled water way more than just drinking tap water. But when just looking at health benefits there is nothing different. So if you are looking to save some money go ahead and drink the tap water, it's just as good!

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I wonder, how can they make sure this holds completely true since there are so many differing types of tap water around the world? I found many supporting articles concerning the idea that tap water is just as healthy as bottled water, but what tap water samples are they testing? The quality of tap water varies greatly from place to place. I have known many people who were unable to drink their tap water because it was so full of different minerals that it would make them sick. Even my current residence has brown water coming from the faucet from time to time. How do we determine if our tap water is just as safe to drink as bottled water?

I wonder, how can they make sure this holds completely true since there are so many differing types of tap water around the world? I found many supporting articles concerning the idea that tap water is just as healthy as bottled water, but what tap water samples are they testing? The quality of tap water varies greatly from place to place. I have known many people who were unable to drink their tap water because it was so full of different minerals that it would make them sick. Even my current residence has brown water coming from the faucet from time to time. How do we determine if our tap water is just as safe to drink as bottled water?

According to this Mayo Clinic article, tap water and bottled water in America are relatively the same when it comes to safety, although they are regulated by the EPA and FDA respectively. Despite this, the two agencies use relatively the same guidelines for determining the safety of the water. One thing that can always be heard in common conversation about bottled water is that the plastic bottles they are stored in can cause cancer. While many people have looked into this question, I always have wondered about bottled water in that is it possible that the bottles aren't always properly sealed in order to keep harmful bacteria out of the water? This article reports of previous findings of higher bacteria levels than usually recommended found in bottled water in Canada. Perhaps the bacteria that can be found in bottled water is harmful considering that it is relatively confined to one area (the bottle), giving it room to multiply? Is it safe to say that what water we chose to drink is a matter of preference like the Mayo Clinic suggests or is it possible that both types of water hold their own risks that we need to weigh when making a decision?

According to this Mayo Clinic article, tap water and bottled water in America are relatively the same when it comes to safety, although they are regulated by the EPA and FDA respectively. Despite this, the two agencies use relatively the same guidelines for determining the safety of the water. One thing that can always be heard in common conversation about bottled water is that the plastic bottles they are stored in can cause cancer. While many people have looked into this question, I always have wondered about bottled water in that is it possible that the bottles aren't always properly sealed in order to keep harmful bacteria out of the water? This article reports of previous findings of higher bacteria levels than usually recommended found in bottled water in Canada. Perhaps the bacteria that can be found in bottled water is harmful considering that it is relatively confined to one area (the bottle), giving it room to multiply? Is it safe to say that what water we chose to drink is a matter of preference like the Mayo Clinic suggests or is it possible that both types of water hold their own risks that we need to weigh when making a decision?

According to this Mayo Clinic article, tap water and bottled water in America are relatively the same when it comes to safety, although they are regulated by the EPA and FDA respectively. Despite this, the two agencies use relatively the same guidelines for determining the safety of the water. One thing that can always be heard in common conversation about bottled water is that the plastic bottles they are stored in can cause cancer. While many people have looked into this question, I always have wondered about bottled water in that is it possible that the bottles aren't always properly sealed in order to keep harmful bacteria out of the water? This article reports of previous findings of higher bacteria levels than usually recommended found in bottled water in Canada. Perhaps the bacteria that can be found in bottled water is harmful considering that it is relatively confined to one area (the bottle), giving it room to multiply? Is it safe to say that what water we chose to drink is a matter of preference like the Mayo Clinic suggests or is it possible that both types of water hold their own risks that we need to weigh when making a decision?

Your blog post reminded me of what I used to believe was an urban legend but have now discovered to be true after looking into it: water bottles should not be drank from after being exposed to heat for an extended period of time (such as sitting on the floor of a car). This is true regardless of what the water bottle is filled with: tap water or bottled water. According to this article: http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/plasticbottles.asp

This article says: "There is a group of plastics, called phthalates that are sometimes added to plastics. Phthalates are environmental contaminants that can exhibit hormone-like behavior by acting as endocrine disruptors in humans and animals. If you heat up plastics, you could increase the leaching of phthalates from the containers into water." Therefore, these bottles should definitely be kept away from excessive heat in order to prevent the phthalates from leaking into the water. I thought that this connected with your discussion of which water is "better" for us...there are other factors that can affect this discussion as well!

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