If you’re lucky enough to live in a country that has clean, potable water coming out of your tap, you probably don’t think twice before filling up that water bottle straight from the faucet.
Water is life, and it truly is a blessing to have it so readily accessible and free. That being said, your tap water might not be as clean as you think.
Steady on before you go hastily reaching for the bottled water, though!
In the United States, tap water is still the most tested and regulated source of water you can find, even more so than bottled water. Not to mention the toll bottled water takes on your health, as well as the environment.
Despite being some of the cleanest drinking water on earth coming out of the faucet in the US, there's still some pretty compelling reasons why we’ll always filter water before we drink it and pour it for our families; and we’re sure you’ll want to too.
Here are five reasons you should invest in a tap water filter:
5. It’ll get rid of any possible contaminants
Depending on where you live, your tap water may contain chemicals you wouldn’t necessarily want in your system.
Some of these nasties that can be found lurking in our water supplies are chloramines, fluoride, and potentially even hazardous pollutants like petrochemicals, pesticides, and even pharmaceuticals.
4. It’s safer than bottled water
In fact, a study by The Environmental Working Group found 38 contaminants in 10 popular brands of bottled water, including disinfection byproducts, industrial chemicals, arsenic, fertilizer residue and pain medication.
The truth is, bottled water often slips by with more relaxed standards and regulations for reasons we won’t go into here.
3. It’s better for the environment
A staggering 91% of plastic still ends up in our oceans and landfills.
If you’re still not convinced to ditch your bottled water habit, think about where every single one of those used up bottles are going.
And if you’re still thinking all those bottles are being recycled, we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but unfortunately they’re not.
2. It tastes better
Perhaps the reason you’ve been shy about the tap is a simple matter of taste?
I mean, who can pass up crisp, refreshing spring water straight from the (rapidly melting) glaciers of the Adirondacks that bottled water’s labels suggest?
First of all, there’s a good chance that “exotic” water is actually coming from the same source as your tap, it’s just filtered.
That’s where your money’s really going, so why not filter it yourself?
Speaking of which…
1. It will save you money
There are many different routes you can take in water filtration, but the cheapest options are a water filter pitcher or a faucet filter, each running you about the same amount as a case of name brand bottled water would.
Seriously, the choice is yours.
Hydrating your family properly takes a lot of water per day, and we’re passionate supporters of filtering the good stuff that comes out of the tap to keep up with our thirst.
Skip the bottled water, and invest in a faucet filter in your kitchen. That way, you’ll have an endless stream of fresh, pure water ready to fill your Greens Steel cups and bottles and hydrate you whenever you need it!
Here’s to healthy hydration habits for us all,
Greens Steel Wellness Contributor