Why pay $1,400 When You Can Pay Just 49 cents?

It’s Green to drink tap water – but how good is your tap water?

 

drink tap water to reduce your water footprintI had a great comment yesterday about how bad the water was in a particular part of the USA.

One much-publicised report listed the Top Ten Best and Worst American cities for tap water.  (Remember of course that this is all relative.  America has excellent tap water in general.  Some states are better than others, but the base is good).

So, suppose your city isn’t one of the top cities for the best tap water.  Should you not drink tap water?

No.

But you might want to consider a quick, small action first – just to be absolutely safe.

Drink Tap WaterExperts still agree that its better to drink tap water than waste money buying bottled water.  Bottled water is hugely more expensive, it’s not as well regulated as tap water, and it’s bad for the environment because of the vast quantities of plastic involved.

The New York Times calculated the cost of your 8 glasses of water per day, for a year. If you buy bottled water, it will cost an average of $1,400 per year. If you drink tap water?  A mere 49 cents.

So, what can you do, if you’re worried and reluctant to drink tap water?

Two simple steps:

First, find out what’s in your specific tap water.  As with most things, knowledge is important.  And it’s easy if you live in the US!  Simply go to the Environmental Working Group’s listing of Water Content for all major cities.

Then, once you know what you need to get rid of, choose a filter that removes precisely those things – again, it’s easy – just go to this review site which compares water filters.

Yes, your water filter will cost money.  But less than buying bottled water for the next several years.   Not to mention the savings to the environment.

To end, here is a quote from the New York Times: “The more the wealthy opt out of drinking tap water, the less political support there will be for investing in maintaining America’s public water supply. That would be a serious loss. Access to cheap, clean water is basic to the nation’s health“.

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  • Dewayne Chriswell 23rd May 2011, 5:10 AM

    Biggest contaminent for Albuquerque. Mining contaminants (arsenic) Live in the mountains above where water testing is required semi-annually and I’ve been pretty pleased with the results.

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  • Bryan 22nd May 2011, 5:58 AM

    Great list of cities…Chicago has some goos clean tap water…

    Sales Expert

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  • Neil Dhawan 22nd May 2011, 3:19 AM

    $1,400 a year for 8 glasses a day – I could well double or even triple that. Way back, it was said that we would be paying more for a gallon of water than a gallon of gasoline … that has been far exceeded, even with today’s prices of petrol.

    Looking forward to the next article.

    Best, Neil

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  • Eva Palmer 22nd May 2011, 12:55 AM

    I think there are very different kinds of bottle water. I remember when I was in te States bottle water was very expensive, and now that I know that it is just processed water…terrible!

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  • Kevin Bettencourt 22nd May 2011, 12:09 AM

    Now that I live in Vegas I can’t believe how bad the water is compared to Jersey. However, I surprised Phoenix didn’t make the worst 10. That was even worse.

    Las Vegas Air Conditioning Repair

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  • Covert Hypnosis 21st May 2011, 8:29 PM

    Ha!
    I wonder if close to the city counts!??!
    Closest city was #10 on the good list.
    But then I wonder if the next city over can be a disaster
    if the good city is good?
    Covert Hypnosis and Conversational Hypnosis

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  • Sonya Lenzo 21st May 2011, 5:14 PM

    Glad to be living in Minneapolis-St Paul!Our tap water however smells like chlorine, but we have found that if you get it from the tap and let it sit, the chlorine evaporates.
    Sonya Lenzo
    http://www.facebook.com/smlenzo

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  • texting tips for women 21st May 2011, 11:54 AM

    Hi Green Goddess,

    We use Brita Filters and Pitchers. The water in Las Vegas is atrocious!

    And I refill bottles for drinking. In fact, with being in Las Vegas, I never travel without at least 64 oz of water in my car at all times. Dehydration is a potential health risk.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Texting Advice Tips for Guys

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  • Persuasive selling abilities 21st May 2011, 9:18 AM

    For some it does make sense to drink tap water, for some it may not.
    Scott Sylvan Bell
    Persuasive selling skills

    Now go implement!

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  • Dewayne Chriswell says:

    Biggest contaminent for Albuquerque. Mining contaminants (arsenic) Live in the mountains above where water testing is required semi-annually and I’ve been pretty pleased with the results.

    >

  • Bryan says:

    Great list of cities…Chicago has some goos clean tap water…

    Sales Expert

  • Neil Dhawan says:

    $1,400 a year for 8 glasses a day – I could well double or even triple that. Way back, it was said that we would be paying more for a gallon of water than a gallon of gasoline … that has been far exceeded, even with today’s prices of petrol.

    Looking forward to the next article.

    Best, Neil

  • Eva Palmer says:

    I think there are very different kinds of bottle water. I remember when I was in te States bottle water was very expensive, and now that I know that it is just processed water…terrible!

  • Kevin Bettencourt says:

    Now that I live in Vegas I can’t believe how bad the water is compared to Jersey. However, I surprised Phoenix didn’t make the worst 10. That was even worse.

    Las Vegas Air Conditioning Repair

  • Covert Hypnosis says:

    Ha!
    I wonder if close to the city counts!??!
    Closest city was #10 on the good list.
    But then I wonder if the next city over can be a disaster
    if the good city is good?
    Covert Hypnosis and Conversational Hypnosis

  • Sonya Lenzo says:

    Glad to be living in Minneapolis-St Paul!Our tap water however smells like chlorine, but we have found that if you get it from the tap and let it sit, the chlorine evaporates.
    Sonya Lenzo
    http://www.facebook.com/smlenzo

  • texting tips for women says:

    Hi Green Goddess,

    We use Brita Filters and Pitchers. The water in Las Vegas is atrocious!

    And I refill bottles for drinking. In fact, with being in Las Vegas, I never travel without at least 64 oz of water in my car at all times. Dehydration is a potential health risk.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Texting Advice Tips for Guys

  • Persuasive selling abilities says:

    For some it does make sense to drink tap water, for some it may not.
    Scott Sylvan Bell
    Persuasive selling skills

    Now go implement!