The great debate: Bottled water vs. Tap water

The debate of normal tap water versus bottled water has been a topic of conversation for years now. In a recent article from Upworthy, researchers examined a few different criteria when com-paring a bottle of Fiji Water to tap water.

In one of its first talking points, the article refers to the fact that bottled water is more expensive than tap water. Cost is always a concern no matter the scenario, and when it revolves around water, free is usually an ideal option.

If cost is not a concern among the masses, then quality should be. At CUDRC, our water is un-der the watch of numerous staff members 24 hours a day. It meets all of the EPA’s health standards and meets or exceeds all state and federal requirements for drinking water. The State and EPA require us to test and report on our water on a regular basis to ensure its safety.

Sarah Goodman of the New York Times explains in the article “bottled water manufacturers are not required to disclose as much information as municipal water utilities because of gaps in fed-eral oversight authority. Bottom line: The Food and Drug Administration oversees bottled water, and U.S. EPA is in charge of tap water. FDA lacks the regulatory authority of EPA.”

Among cost and quality, other factors to consider in the great debate border on the conservation aspect. If water conservation and protection of the environment are important to individuals, then buying a plastic bottle each time should be of equal importance as they are either recycled or deposited into the trash. On the same note, it requires energy and a work force to produce the plastic bottles which will affect the cost of the water bottle in some manner.

Whether you are Team Bottled Water or Team Tap Water, keep in mind the processes that it takes to get the end result – water. At the end of the day, tap water is just fine for anyone and remember that you live in a community where the ability to have water each day is not a con-cern. And if you want to simply alter the taste of tap water, throw some ice cubes or fresh fruit such as a lemon or cucumber and fresh mint into your glass as they are great choices in the summertime.