Is Bottled Water Better Than Filtered Water?

Lynn Keiley discusses the pros and cons of safe, quality water. Is bottled water better than filtered water?
June/July 2003
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Is bottled water better than filtered water?


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Is Bottled Water Better Than Filtered Water?

There's no denying that bottled water can be convenient when you're on the go, and it's certainly a healthier option than most soft drinks. But if you're buying bottled water because you think you're getting better quality for your money, you may be disappointed. Many brands of bottled water are nothing more than filtered municipal water, hailing from cities such as Houston, Orlando, Florida, and Fresno, California. Bottled water, considered a food, is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Tests conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that while most bottled waters are of good quality, about a quarter of the bottles tested contained levels of bacteria and chemicals that exceeded levels allowed by the state of California (which in some cases has more stringent regulations than the EPA). Considering that bottled water can cost up to 1,000 times more than tap water, that's not much of a bargain.