Earlier this year, reports were released about the contamination of tap water. Traces of pharmaceutical prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs were found in the water. Even though the presence was minimal, it still left scientists concerned about long term harmful effects.
After this information was revealed, you would think the better choice is to reach for bottled water.
Almost 25-30 % of bottled water is filled with tap water and may also be contaminated with harmful substances. Regulations on bottled water are not as harsh as tap water, leading to just as much threat as regular tap water.
According to USA Today, the Environmental advocacy group tested major brands of bottled and revealed shocking results:
The lab found 38 pollutants in 24 samples from 10 major brands purchased by the group in California, Washington, D.C., and eight other states.
Giant foods and WalMart contained the highest amounts of chlorine byproducts which have been linked to birth defects.
Contaminated tap and bottled water are supposedly only a threat to young children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems. Long term effects are unknown at this time, so until then we should limit the intake of tap and bottled water.
Investing in a carbon filter for your home is a smart and efficient way of eliminating toxins from your water supply.
Be safe and stay smart!