One question which has puzzled individuals for decades is. “How much water should I drink every day?” The Institute of Medicine, suggests adult men consume approximately 3.0 litres of water. They suggest adult women drink approximately 2.2 litres of water daily. These figures coincide with the popular myth that individuals consume eight glasses of water, per day. This translates to 1.9 litres of water.
Now that there is a guideline for water consumption, the bigger question looming is, “Should I drink bottled water or get it straight from the tap?” “Is one better than the other?” With water industry reports indicating over $100 billion spent on bottled water worldwide, there’s no denying the public thirst for bottled water. In the United States alone, consumers shelled out nearly $12 billion dollars for bottled water.
While a matter of convenience for most, bottled water is the prime delivery source in third world nations, where potable water is not readily available. Propaganda from bottled water producers makes the consumer believe their products are better than tap water. They contend it passes through several filtration processes that eradicate foul taste, smell, appearance and removes contaminants. But, the Food and Drug Administration does not require bottled water to be 100% free of contaminants.
Mayo Clinic dietitian Katherine Zeratsky commented, “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.” While the FDA oversees bottled water, the EPA oversees municipal tap water supplies. They require water utilities to give consumers, upon request, an annual report of the levels of contaminants in their drinking water.