Bottled water vs tap water
Keeping hydrated by drinking water, whether it’s tap, bottled or filtered, is an essential daily need. Bottled water is a popular choice mainly due to convenience and time. But is it healthier for you?
Tap water is delivered through a valve, and can be used for various purposes include drinking, washing and cooking. Tap water is sourced from controlled environments such as reservoirs and lakes and before it reaches our taps, it is treated by adding disinfectants such as chlorine. However, adding chemicals alters the taste and cannot stop lead or copper pipes leaching into our water. Drinking water pipes may also harbour bacteria such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Legionella or E. coli. Other contaminants found in our drinking water are pesticides, nitrate and products from the pharmaceutical industry such as hormones. These are all reasons to be wary of drinking water straight from the tap.
Bottled water has become increasingly popular and fashionable in recent years, yet many people don’t realise tap water has to meet much stricter regulations than bottled water . Other than the perceived convenience, there are no huge advantages to taking bottled water over its tap-related equivalent. Bottled water tends to be incredibly expensive and the industry has a somewhat detrimental impact on the environment due to the fact so many plastic bottles used to store it aren’t recycled. Bottles that aren’t sent to recycling will normally end up on landfill sites and in the UK 15 million are not recycled . There are also fears that the chemicals in the bottles could leak into the water and cause life-threatening illnesses.
There are many different types of bottled water on the market. Natural bottled mineral water must come from an officially recognised underground spring, be bottled at source and cannot be treated or filtered. Spring water must also be bottled at source, but it can be treated or filtered. Sourced from rivers, boreholes and springs, tap water is treated and put into supply or held in storage reservoirs . Mineral water is also sourced underground but flows around rocks before it is collected. Sources need to be continuously tested and protected from all pollution. Table water is generally tap water which has been filtered and bottled.
Triflow Concepts’ Systems
Triflow Concepts’ filtration systems are the ideal solution for those concerned about impurities in tap water and offer a valuable alternative to bottled water. The tap offers hot, cold and filtered water. All Triflow Concepts’ systems contain Katadyn filters which significantly reduce the levels of impurities and contaminants from mains water, providing clean filtered water.
More and more people are enjoying the clear, healthy and refreshing water they deserve after investing in the Triflow tap.
Tap into a healthy lifestyle by calling 0800 999 3959.