What is the difference between tap water and bottled water ?!

Question: because on the news there was been agurements over this that we should drink more tap water and also its better forthe environment instead of transporting water half way around the world.

Answers: because on the news there was been agurements over this that we should drink more tap water and also its better forthe environment instead of transporting water half way around the world.

tap water has been recycled again and again, filtered and chlorinated so that we can drink it again and again. bottled water is pure, filtered through the earths natural minerals and bottled by companys. drink bottled water if you can, its healthier and fresher than tap water. also you might notice a slight difference in taste :)

there you go, hope its what you wanted :)


if they really thought that transporting water was so costly they would take a leaf out if thier own books and pay for all the water leaks around the country. thames water looses so much water,daily and th only reason they dont epair the massive leaks and relay the pipes is because of the share holders and thier investments. so you decide what is more costly, the massive leaks that are springing up(sorry about the pun) all over the place or the transpotation of decent and clean water around the world. plus these days there are more ntural springs bieng tapped so the distance from which the water has to come is ever decreasing :)


about 1.95 a litre?

about 50p -£1.50 and bottled is far more damaging to the environment.

Tap water (in the USA at least) is treated with chlorine to kill bacteria and floride for tooth decay prevention. Bottled water is supposed to be natural and without the chemicals.

Most bottled water says on the label that it comes from a municipal source. Your tap water comes from a municipal source, unless you have a deep well. Some bottled water comes from a natural spring; it's usually the more expensive bottle. All bottled water tastes like plastic. Yuck.

tap water is tested about every 10 minutes,bottled water is not regulated so good luck drinking it

A few quid

Bottled water is a con, a fashion.

The amount of bottled water wasted and thrown away is a disgrace to society, especially when so many human beings are going without clean drinking water,

bottled water is more expensive.........

Because the bottle costs the Earth we all need to use tap.
Come on some child is drinking out of a worm filled puddle. If your gonna give your money away at least give it to the child via a water charity.

About £800.00 a cubic metre.

The only difference is bottle water tastes like plastic, and tape water tastes like rust, lol, I prefer to drink from the tape, I do not waste money on bottled.

I live in Spain the tap water is so highly chlorinated it is virtually unpalatable, so I always buy bottled at 9 cents a litre for still water and 11 cents con gas it is very good value for money, a price I am happy to pay.

tap waters pure

I can't stand our tap water. It's smells like rotten eggs and tastes awful. If I don't have bottled water, I'll let myself get dehydrated untill I have some. I can't remember the last time I had tap water.

Tap water in the United States has to meet certain water quality standards (that is the technical term) through the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Because bottled water is considered to be a beverage and so a food item, it is regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by different standards.

The FDA explains this here:

The FDA also mentions that because usually bottlers have a good reputation, they aren't a high priority for checking (they essentially have to regulate themselves). On the other hand, anyone producing tap water has to frequently check the quality of their own water and report that to their State who holds them accountable (and keeps a better eye on them as well).

What I'm not sure about, and would take me more time that I want to spend here, is how the FDA and USEPA's standards of water quality compare. For example, USEPA does not regulate MTBE in their water, but I'm not sure if the FDA does either.

All in all, I'd trust the USEPA and State's tap water over the periodic checking of the FDA's bottled water. The USEPA develops the standards, and so in my opinion, should be more familiar with them.

One note I would like to make is that both tap water AND bottled water can contain fluoride. Assuming there is no fluoride added to bottled water is incorrect.

Another note I would like to make is that the environmental impacts of plastic bottles and shipping water all over are known to be bad. I would think for that reason, in the US, tap water should be used. I do want to say that I do use a Brita or Pur filter for taste, because I don't care for the taste of my water.

Ideally if you want the purest water, I'd go for reverse osmosis water. I just drink filtered tap for taste, if I make tea or something though, I use tap water straight...

Many years ago my mother was walking in a Dublin shopping area. There was someone promoting a brand of bottled water and inviting passers-by to try it.

My mother tried it and said 'This tastes like the water from back home'. The promoter asked my mother where she was from and astonishingly it turned out that the water was in fact from my mother's home town. More incredible was that it had been over thirty years since she had left!

Interestingly, the suppliers were bottling all the water from my mother's home town and the residents were being supplied with another water source, which tasted nowhere need as good.

So after hearing that - I go for taste, regardless of whether it's bottled water or tap water!

about £2

Gee...Err....I guess bottled water is in a bottle?

I watched a programme about this recently.

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