Putting your water to the test: Determining the quality of both bottled and filtered water

The problem with determining the quality of the water you consume is that it often looks, smells and tastes perfectly fine. Because your senses may be deficient in properly evaluating the purity of water, it’s important to evaluate its quality in other ways.

Following are some important points to consider, when evaluating water quality.

Where does your bottled water come from?

The picture on the bottle features an exotic spring and a flowing waterfall in a tropical area, but is this really the source of the water you’re drinking? Unfortunately, advertisements can often be misleading about how pure your water truly is. In fact, “spring” water often comes from an underground source, while other bottled water can even come from a municipal source or community water system. Look for water bottles that are “bottled at source spring water” to be sure you’re actually getting what the advertisements promise.

Where does your tap water come from?

In addition to the bottled water you drink, you’ll want to know where your home’s tap water comes from. Talk to a professional to determine whether or not the pipes in your home or apartment are made of lead or contain lead solder. Lead can easily contaminate your water and can be highly dangerous to ingest. If you want to test the purity of your water with extreme accuracy, send samples of your tap water to a local Environmental Protection Agency-certified laboratory for testing. You can also purchase a water test kit and perform this test yourself.

Another way to further investigate the quality of your tap water is to obtain a Consumer Confidence Report of your water from your public water authority. You can also ask your water supplier directly about how your water is treated and what types of chemicals and parasites they test for.

Filtered water versus bottled water: Which is better for your health?

Although you might think of bottled water as being more luxurious than the water you simply run through a filter in your home, the reality of the matter is that tap water is often more pure than bottled water. In fact, the EPA reported that more than 90 percent of water systems in the country meet its standards for water quality. With the sophistication of modern water filters, you can ensure the safest possible water. Remember that water bottles can go through harmful treatment processes and still not be completely rid of contaminants. And this doesn’t even begin to address the dangerous substances that may be present in the bottle itself.

We all drink water from a number of different sources on a daily basis without even thinking about where it came from and what exactly it contains. A clean appearance and a pleasing taste isn’t always indicative of the water’s purity, which is why you’ll want to go through the steps necessary to verify the quality of what you’re putting into your body. Doing so can allow you to take full advantage of this essential, life-sustaining element and contribute to better health and well-being.

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