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40. Know The Pros And Cons Of Bottled Water

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Is bottled water any better than tap water? Not necessarily. As an indication of how good the tap water from municipal supplies can be, about one-quarter of all bottled water originally comes from municipal water wells. However, there are two good reasons for considering bottled water.

If contamination has been detected at higher than acceptable levels in your water supply, you may wish to turn to bottled water—at least until the problem is solved. If your tap water is not contaminated, the decision may boil down to personal taste. For instance, some people have problems with the taste or odor of chlorine in their tap water.

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However, bottled water isn’t the only way to deal with a chlorine taste in tap water. Either install an aerator cap on your faucet or put tap water in a bottle, loosen the cap, and store it in the refrigerator. After a few hours, the chlorine gas will evaporate. Another option to remove chlorine from tap water is to use an activated carbon filter.
water test results

The best way to compare your tap water with bottled water is to look at water test results. If your tap water comes from a rural, private well, have the water tested by a lab approved by your state Environmental Protection Agency. Your local health department or Extension office should have a listing of EPA-approved labs in your state.
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If your tap water comes from a municipal water supply, you can request water test results from your supplier. Public water supplies are required to monitor for certain contaminants on a regular basis. When a problem occurs, suppliers must notify their customers and take whatever measures are necessary to correct it.
bottled water

To determine the level of contaminants in a specific brand of bottled water, request water test results from the company. Trace amounts of contaminants may show up in bottled water, but if they exceed health standards, the product can’t be sold. When a contaminant exceeds health standards in a public water supply, the water may keep flowing while the problem is being corrected.
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Bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which requires manufacturers to submit samples regularly for testing. Individual states must enforce these regulations, but they can also pass stricter standards. In addition, the bottled water industry regulates itself through the International Bottled Water Association.
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Make sure bottled water doesn’t become contaminated after you bring it home. After you break the seal, store the bottle in a refrigerator at temperatures above freezing but less than 50 degrees F. Also, avoid any type of buildup in the bottle cap. And if your bottle is refillable, make sure it is well-cleaned and rinsed before refilling. If possible, recycle the old bottle and obtain a fresh, sterile sealed bottle.
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