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Follow-Up: Why Do You Drink Bottled or Tap Water?

2008 August 26

About the Author: Dominic Bridgers was a summer intern in the Office of Public Affairs.

I usually drink whatever is convenient for me. If I’m in the house I will fill the glass up with tap water, but if I’m on the go I think bottled water is more convenient.

Tap: easy 113, cheap 97, taste 63.  Bottled: convenient 63 taste 33, health 23I collected data from the July 7th Question of the Week, “Why do you drink bottled or tap water?” The majority of the bloggers responded that they drink tap water primarily because they have easy access to it, you think it’s healthier, it’s cheaper than bottled water, and it tastes just as good as or better than bottled water. However, some of you prefer bottled water over tap water because it is more convenient, it tastes better and you think it’s healthier.

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  1. bmer permalink
    August 27, 2008

    My favorite is reverse osmosis water. For those of us that prefer contaminant free water from the tap, I find using a refillable glass bottle and a bottleless water cooler with reverse osmosis is a very smart solution. It purifies tap water at the point of use. This eliminates any elements of tap that are contaminants or objectionable. It is the future of modern drinking water service and the green alternative to bottled water.

  2. California health insurance permalink
    August 29, 2008

    I would have to agree with bmer. With health in consideration, purified water is preferred over tap water. But then, bottled water produces tons of garbage plastics a year. California’s waste management laws promote the management of all materials to their highest and best use, and protect public health and safety, natural resources, and the environment, in partnership with all Californians. Thus, we encourage waste prevention and reuse. So instead of the plastic bottles, thermos and glass bottles are preferred. There are low cost home water purifiers (carbon filters, reverse osmosis) that will turn most tap water sparking fresh at a fraction of bottled water’s cost.

    California health insurance

  3. Leah permalink
    September 5, 2008

    I prefer tap water.

    The amount of plastic that is generated from all those plastic bottles and the pollution caused from transporting the bottles is ridiculous. I don’t see the point in buying bottled water unless the water where you live is literally undrinkable…

    When I was in Rome in Europe on my holidays this summer ( I noticed everywhere that there were public drinking fountains on literally every corner… I thought this was really good and now I’m wondering why we don’t have more public drinking fountains. If people know they can get free and frequent access to water when they’re out and about, maybe they won’t feel the need to buy so much bottled water…

  4. Donna Hoffman permalink
    September 3, 2009

    Tap water is still the better option than bottled water but the latter could be used as an alternative. There a lot of options on how you want to filter your tap at home. It’s just a matter of choosing what’s right for you without contributing too much to trash buildup. With regards to cost, its obvious that bottled water costs more since you have to pay for bottles you’ll have to throw away.

  5. Nostradamus permalink
    March 18, 2011

    I can’t agree more with you. This seems a delicate situation.

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