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October 15, 2008

Which is safer Bottled water vs Tap water?

Water is vital for good health and a long life. Although you can live for days without food, your survival depends on drinking water. Each and every cell needs water to perform its essential functions.
(source: Doc. Maoshing secrets of longevity).

Looking back at our ancestor's time, they were able to reached the age where the present generation cant, tap water plays a big part to the persons longevity of life. But when the hazards about tap water is getting out, bottled water gains tremendous popularity.

Choosing between tap and bottled water is ultimately a personal decision. You may not want to base your decision only on the taste.Bottled water is not necessarily cleaner or safer than most tap water - from the conclusion of Bottled Water: Pure Drink or Pure Hype"- of the Natural Resources Defense Council's new study on contaminants in bottled water.

Most bottled water is okay, says NDRC attorney Eric Olson, some brands may present threats to vulnerable subpopulations because they contain microbial contaminants. According to the report, bottled water consumption has tripled in ten years, with sales reaching $4 billion annually. Yet, bottled water is required to meet standards that are different than those for tap water.

Bottled water quality is regulated by the Bureau of Food and Drug Administration (BFAD) while the drinking water system follows Philippines and Environmental Protection Agency regulations.(for further information please do some research on community water.

We suggest that you take an empty water bottle or your favorite sports bottle, rinse it thoroughly and fill it with tap water. If you object to the chlorine taste, just keep the bottle in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. The chlorine taste will dissipate.

So is bottled water safer than tap water? Tests have discovered that some bottled waters contained more chlorine by-products than surface and ground waters. And the pesticides, herbicides, and pharmaceuticals that are found in household tap water are appearing in bottled water with alarming frequency.

The Natural Resources Defense Council report on the subject concluded that, "there is no assurance that bottled water is any safer than tap water." Throw into that mix that plastic containers contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which leach into your water. Skip the plastic bottles for storing. Instead store in glass bottles, and for water-on-the-go, get a reusable thermos.

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