Is bottled water safer than tap water? In a word, no.
July 14, 2009

A public misconception exists that allows many Americans to think that bottled water is somehow safer than tap water. Branding supports this misconception, with bottled water companies calling their products "pure" and "natural". But a report from the GAO says that tap water is held to a higher standard for quality and safety with more stringent regulatory oversight than bottled waters. We encounter this regularly in our work within the municipal water industry; water quality is regulated on several layers, and water-quality monitoring at municipal sources involves a range of parameters for safety and purity. It's only because we have become accustomed to taking tap water for granted that Americans are not more reasonably aware that the product they receive for pennies a day via municipal water lines is also generally the safest water they can buy.

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