It’s Green to drink tap water – but how good is your tap water?
I 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?
But you might want to consider a quick, small action first – just to be absolutely safe.
Experts 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“.