Tap Water – The Benefits and Why You Should Drink It

Tap Water or Bottled Water?

Tap Water

There has been enough news now about the general harm of bottle water that you would think more people would drink tap water. Yet many people still seem to have missed the boat on this one. Just look at recycling bins and trash cans in any major city and you will see scores of those little clear plastic bottles. Tap water is a resource that we are lucky to have a quality supply of, why would you buy bottled water with that in mind?

Tap water, though, still seems to have a bad rap so let’s talk about the benefits of drinking tap water over bottled water.

First and foremost, drinking tap water is good for our environment. Plastic bottles are made from petroleum products and the amount of energy used in producing, transporting and recycling these bottles is wasteful and harmful to the environment. Many more bottles end up in the landfill where they slowly degrade, leeching their chemicals into the soil.

Secondly, tap water is often better for you. Water management regulations require frequent testing of tap water for bacteria such as E.coli and Cryptosporidum and other harmful contaminants. In Canada, Health Canada inspects bottled water. Far more parties are involved in determining local tap water management and look at a broader range of contaminants.

Another benefit of drinking tap water is that it’s probably what you’re drinking out of a bottle anyway. Bottled water is often simply just treated tap water. There is no requirement that bottled water manufacturers disclose the source of the bottled water unless it is mineral or spring water. So, that costly bottle of water might be the same thing you could have had right out of your own kitchen sink.

So do the earth, yourself and your wallet a favor. Start drinking tap water today and start seeing the benefits immediately.

  • Get out your latest water bill. Find the charge for the actual water used, be it a minmimum charge, or actual per M3 used charge. Take your M3 and multiply it by 1000 to get the number of liters used. Now double that and you have the equivalent in 500 ml water bottles. Let’s say a 500 ml bottle of water costs just $1.00. great deal right? Wrong! If you use 25 M3 of water per month, that’s the equivalent of 50 thousand bottles of water at a cost of $50,000.00. Makes one think about the cost per 500 mls of water from the tap. Still think your water bills are too high? Still think that bottle or case of bottles at the Superstore is a great deal? Also, how many equivalent bottles of water are wasted by running the tap for colder water, rinsing veggies or shaving under a running tap, teenager length showers, uneccessary toilet flushes, etc. Hmmm… Brent a Water Utility manager.

    • Hi Brent,
      Thank you for the input, it does give a good point of looking at what water actually costs us. Most people do not look at the real costs of consumables until someone highlights it. Thank you for sharing.

  • kathy

    I agree that bottle water is no better than tap water but key is to ensure the water you are drinking is alkaline. This is accomplished by using proper filters ie: alkaline machines. If people would get educated and understand that dis-ease cannot grow in an alkaline body and purchase proper filters as opposed to filling the coffers pockets to find a cure when its already proven that prevention is the cure it would solve a ton of health issues and our landfills. Thats my rant.

    • Hi Kathy, thank you for the feedback. Happy that the article got you involved in the conversation because I think that is the only way we can make the change.

  • Kale Wolski

    no sorry i have to disagree with the second argument tap water has so many chemicals in it that it really isn’t safe to drink please to show my evidence look up what chemicals are in tap water however this helped me a lot thank you.