The evidence suggests that buying bottled water only benefits those who sell it. If you think giving up bottled water means sacrificing taste, there are ways to achieve that bottled-water taste – without enduring the personal, financial, and environmental health risks.
Refrigerate your tap water – Simply refrigerating your water will help remove the chlorine taste that bothers many people.
Use a filtered water bottle or pitcher – Some water bottles and pitchers (e.g., Britta include an activated carbon filter that removes chlorine and other common contaminants.
Add a water filtration system – According to research reported by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, adding a filter to your faucet, using a filter-equipped refrigerator with water dispenser, or incorporating a whole-house filter can get rid of unwanted and unregulated chemicals that may come from your faucet, such as arsenic or nitrates.
Buy a water dispenser and have recyclable, 5-gallon jugs delivered to your home or workplace. While this costs more than water from your tap, it’s far less expensive than purchasing individual bottles. AND, you can be certain the bottles will be reused.
If You Buy Bottled Water, Know What You’re Buying –
If you plan to continue buying bottled water, it’s important to understand the terms used on labels.