Myths about bottled water vs tap water

There are a lot of myths related to tap water and bottled water. Here are the top 3 myths about bottled water vs tap water debunked:

1. Bottled water is better than tap water

Thanks to decades of myth-building, the common belief is that bottled water is better than tap water.

This is not true.

In Western Europe and North America about 99% of public tap water is potable (drinkable according to EU, EPA and WHO guidelines). The only drawback in some places is poor taste and smell, mainly due to hardness, minerals and higher concentration of chlorine (used for disinfection purposes). There is no scientific proof that bottled water is healthier than tap water.

2. Bottled water is much safer than tap water


Tap water is strictly regulated. The water in Barcelona, Spain for example, undergoes 527 checks every day, and that’s actually more than bottled water. There is once again no scientific evidence that bottled water is safer.

3. Bottled water is fine as long as bottles are recycled


The issue is not just the plastic waste but the entire value chain of water bottles. From production to distribution, the process of generating bottled water in plastic is unsustainable. 3 liter of water is needed in average to produce one liter of bottled water when including production of plastic, transportation, filtering and filling up the bottles. And then we have the microplastics problem.

Summary: Bottled water is not healthier or safer. In addition to this, the value chain of plastic water bottles has a big environmental footprint.

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Computer geek and entrepreneur. Spent the last 5 years learning everything about tap water, water filters, bottled water and everything else you can imagine. Believes in radical transparency and writes a lot about myths and surprising facts. Drinks a lot of tap water, usually filtered.

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