Tap water has it all over bottled water.
- First, it's significantly cheaper, pennies per gallon as opposed to more than $1 per bottle.
- Second, tap water undergoes more - and more extension - testing. Tap water is disinfected, filtered to remove pathogens, and tested for E. coli, fecal coliform, bacteria, cryptosporidium, giardia, viruses most synthetic organic chemicals. There is no requirement that bottled water be disinfected or filtered or that it be tested for those elements.
- Third, less than 30% of water bottles are recycled. The rest end up on roadsides, in landfills, and in our lakes and river.
It makes sense for financial, health, and environmental reasons to kick the bottle.