Bottled Water

Though more and more people are switching to bottled water as they are safe, calorie-free and convenient to carry, it is being increasingly questioned whether packaged water is safer than tap water.

Main claims

  • Bottled water passes through complex processes of purification. This makes bottled water safe for drinking and prevents the entry of harmful substances and organisms into the body.
  • A major benefit of bottled water is convenience and quality standard. Tap water quality varies widely from one geographical region to the next.
  • Bottled water is worth the extra money as it is safer and healthier than filtered drinking water.

Is bottled water better than tap water?

Though it is popularly believed that bottled water is better than tap water, it is not always so. Bottled water does not contain fluoride which is essential to proper oral health and hygiene. Reading the labels of bottled water you will see there is sodium added to it.

Is bottled water worth the extra cost?

Tap water is hundreds or thousands of times cheaper than the bottled variety. In fact, bottled water is as safe as tap water. Tap water is tested far more frequently than bottled water, and consumers who drink from community water supplies receive an annual water-quality report. Bottlers, on the other hand, are under no obligation to reveal the results of their tests. Also, while bottled water manufacturers test their water only at the plant, utilities test water throughout the distribution system. The longer that water remains in warehouses and on store shelves, the more likely it is for chemicals to migrate into the water.

How to know if our water is healthy?

Before buying check the mineral content of the bottled water. Ideally the water you buy should contain 90mg magnesium and 180mg calcium. Some manufacturers do not provide the mineral content details in the label. Avoid buying such bottles. Getting bottled water tested is difficult. Check the label and if it doesn’t give adequate information call the bottler and ask.

Any special precaution required for children?

In order to buy the best bottled water for your infant, you should check the fluoride content of the water. If the amount is low, it is then distilled water.

How to select a brand of bottled water?

Go for brands which are certified by the International Bottled Water Association. The labels of the bottled waters normally specify the source of water. The labels will mention whether the brand meets the federal regulations or not.

How important is it to check the containers?

When buying bottled water look for high grade containers such as glass or PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic. HDPE (high-density polyethylene) are low grade plastic containers and can give a 'plastic' taste in water. Even PET can contaminate in water over time. So it is advisable to consume the water immediately or to store it for a short period of time. Always keep bottled water out of bright light and away from sources of heat.