Is bottled drinking water safer than my tap?

Most bottled drinking water are from public water sources including the tap. However, bottled water sold in stores is actually less regulated than your tap water at home.

Many bottled water brands depict pristine mountains and lakes on their plastic packaging but the reality is most are from public water sources. When buying bottled drinking water, we trust it to be highly regulated however, it must only meet the minimum guidelines set by the FDA. These guide bottlers on the chemical, physical and microbial contaminant levels allowed, the weekly water quality tests are not independently verified by the FDA nor is the equipment maintenance and facility cleanliness. Bottlers are not required to list what has been added to their water and weak regulations mean they may contain trace minerals, disinfectants, heavy metals and fluorides at higher levels than tap water.

“When we buy bottled water we trust that it is safe and highly regulated - however this is often not the case.

While bottled water and tap water share similar sources, the EPA has more stringent water quality standards than the FDA. Consequently, while some bottled water may be treated it could also have the potential to have higher levels of contaminants. Leading bottled water brands may seek higher certifications such as USFDA, however even these standards allow companies to bottle water with small levels of water contamination.

Consumers are increasingly concerned about their water quality given the importance of water as the foundation of human health. More people are losing their trust in the safety of tap and bottled water and so they seek to invest in purification solutions. These often include household water purification systems such as under-counter reverse-osmosis or carbon-based filter faucet or water pitcher and filtered water bottles. While many of these purification systems can yield higher quality drinking water than both tap and bottled water, they too also vary in quality and convenience.

Households often find kitchen based water filtration systems useful for family members to easily refill their glasses, pitchers and reusable bottles with safer water. Water quality largely depends on the type of filtration used and its maintenance. Sediment and carbon based filtration reduces impurity levels and chlorine up to NSF 42 which focuses on the aesthetic and taste/odor properties of water. To achieve an EPA certified NSF 53 which purify water to safe levels from pathogenic contaminants such as bacteria, virus and cysts a more comprehensive multi-stage water filtration system. In the past only larger, more costly household systems could achieve this stringent NSF 53 standard.

Fortunately the water industry has changed dramatically over the past decade, people have experienced poor water quality at home and see the negative global impact single-use bottled water has had on our environment. This has helped drive advancements in the technology and portability of fill-and-go filtered water bottles. While some brands may still rely on dated carbon based filtration, most higher end bottles and straws utilize other technologies including hollow membrane and Nano-technology. Hollow membrane systems while effective, are prone to clogging, slow flow rates and require the inclusion of carbon to reduce the medicinal taste of the purified water. Nano technology is relatively more advanced, it works through positive charges  that effectively filter your water without delay, need for servicing and change to its taste.

Destiny Water filters utilize Nano technology and are the highest rated filters on the market, they are the only Nano water filters to have exceed the stringent NSF 53 standards and be independently tested at the leading EPA and Department of Health certified BCS laboratory in the USA. In addition, Destiny Water is committed to helping solve the environmental plastic crisis by developing the world's first filtered water bottle made from plants! Their bottle and filter are made entirely from plants, which helps consumers stop buying single-use bottled water with their carbon neutral bottles made from plants.

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