Bottled vs Tap

ABC News - Study: Bottled Water No Safer Than Tap Water

Bottled water is the world's fastest growing beverage, but consumers would be better served by simply turning on the tap, asserts an environmental group. Bottlers of water generally capitalize on consumer concerns about municipal water supplies, creating demand for their product via an association with pristine environs. Some bottled waters, however, differ from tap water merely by being distributed in bottles rather than through pipes, according to a report commissioned by Switzerland-based World Wildlife Fund International. 

Mayo Clinic - Is Tap Water as Safe as Bottled Water?

Tap water and bottled water are generally comparable in terms of safety. So the choice of tap or bottled is mostly a matter of personal preference. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees bottled water, while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates tap water. However, they use similar standards for ensuring safety. 

National Geographic - Why Tap Water is Better Than Bottled Water

Not only does bottled water contribute to excessive waste, but it costs us a thousand times more than water from our faucet at home, and it's likely no safer or cleaner, experts say. A 2008 investigation by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group found some bottled water is sullied with untested industrial chemicals and may not necessarily be cleaner than tap water.

Scientific American - Should You Drink Tap or Bottled Water?

Bottled water, a multibillion dollar industry, costs up to 2,000 times more than tap water, but is it really more healthy and safe? Let's find out why medical professionals often recommend tap water over bottled water, the answers may surprise you.