The Truth: is Tap Water Good For You?

Published: 18th November 2008
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Every cell in the human body contains water. No cell can live in the absence of water. Every human should drink a generous amount of water each day. So you, the reader have reason to ask there two questions:

1) Are there any particular requirements concerning the nature of that water?

2) Is tap water good for you?

More than ten years ago, a steadily increasing number of consumers began asking that second question. One environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, has shed light on the answer to that question. That Council has issued this statement: "...there is no assurance that bottled water is any safer than tap water."

The Council took the question "Is tap water good for you?" and reformed that question. Then the Council offered an answer to the re-structured question. The Council asked questions much like there: "Are the benefits of water diminished by drinking tap water? Are they diminished by drinking bottled water?"

The same Council then said that while a human did assume a certain risk by drinking tap water, a human had no reason to feel safer, if he or she chose to drink bottled water instead of tap water. The Council pointed to the uncertainty surrounding the quality of any case of bottled water. At the same time, the Council issued a reminder, a reminder that formation of new cells demands the availability of water.

That water can come from either the tap or a plastic bottle. Both water sources deliver water with the same level of purity. Bottled water is usually no cleaner, and no safer than tap water. Bottled water does not have to meet a long list of new recommendations. Whenever bottled water has not been shipped out-of-state, then that water does not have to satisfy any specific group of federal regulations.

In fact, The Natural Defense Council has implied that the question "Is tap water good for you?" could be replaced with several other questions: "Is water that contains certain forms of bacteria good for you?" "Is water that contains the carcinogen known as phthalate safe to drink?" "Is water that that has been filtered considered good for you?"

A human should not feel comfortable about drinking water that contains bacteria. A human has no reason to reach for a glass of water, if that water contains a known carcinogen. A human need not hesitate to drink water that has passed through a well-made filter. Those three answers put a different perspective on the question "Is tap water good for you?"

The message that this article hopes to get across is this: Bottled water normally meets standards that fall well below the standards that have been met by filtered water. Bottled water can contain trace elements of certain contaminants. Filtered water lacks those same contaminants.

A well-designed filter can create tap water that has the same mineral content as spring water, but that filtered water does not contain any chemicals that might leak into spring water from the ground water. The ideal filter is an activated carbon filter, one that is used in combination with ion exchange filtration and micron filtration.

When a homeowner or a business owner invests in such a filter, then he or she should not loose sleep by worrying about the safety of the water. The chosen filter allows residents, guests and employees to enjoy safe, great-tasting water. Moreover, that water comes from a reasonably-priced filtering device.

Laurel Tevolitz is a dedicated researcher of critical issues that affect health and well-being. Visit her water purification blog now at to discover which water purification system she recommends after extensive research.

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