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Bottled water vs tap water

Bottled water vs tap water

There are a lot of myths related to bottled water vs tap water. Here are the top 3 myths debunked:

1. Bottled water is better than tap water

Bottled water vs tap water

Thanks to decades of myth-building, the common belief is that bottled water is better than tap water.

This is not true.

In North America and Western Europe about 99% of public tap water is potable (drinkable according to EPA and WHO guidelines). The only drawback in some places is poor taste and smell, mainly due to hardness, minerals and a higher concentration of chlorine (used for disinfection purposes). There is no scientific proof that bottled water is healthier than tap water.

2. Bottled water is safer than tap water

Bottled water vs tap water


Tap water is strictly regulated. In New York, for example, the Department of Environmental Protection performs more than 900 tests daily, from up to 1,200 sampling locations throughout the City. This work is in addition to 230,000 tests performed in the watershed. There is once again no scientific evidence that bottled water is safer.

3. Bottled water is fine as long as bottles are recycled

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The issue is not just the plastic waste but the entire value chain of water bottles. From production to distribution, the process of generating plastic bottles for water is unsustainable. 3 liters of water are needed on average to produce one liter of bottled water when including the production of plastic, transportation, filtering and filling up the bottles.

Summary: Bottled water is not healthier or safer. In addition to this, the value chain of plastic water bottles has a big environmental footprint. 

Why filter tap water?

Despite tap water being safe in the USA, Canada, and Western Europe, old building infrastructure (lead) might be an issue in some areas, mainly for young children. Tap water has also been accused of having a foul taste in some places, due to the chlorine added for disinfection. A recent study by ORB Media, also found that both tap and bottled water contained microplastics.

TAPP 2 – is a faucet mounted water filter, which filters out lead, chlorine, microplastics as 80 other contaminants while letting healthy minerals through.

Read about how water filters work and why you need one.

Bottled water vs tap water

Conclusion – bottled vs tap water

There you go. Hopefully this article has helped debunk the myths of bottled water vs tap water and convinced you to drink tap water or filtered tap water.

Here’s more about why filtered water is healthier than bottled and tap water.

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2 thoughts on “Bottled water vs tap water”

  1. I would like assistance with understanding if this also takes ALL micro plastics out of my tap water with your TAPP 2.

    1. Hi Jacquueline,

      TAPP 2 will filter out all known microplastics that have been identified by research reports such as State University of New York on behalf of Orb Media. So yes, this means all microplastics.

      TAPP Water Team

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