Photo courtesy of Steven Depolo

Water is essential for life. It makes up 60% of our body weight and plays a vital role in practically every body system. Despite its importance, most Americans do not drink enough water. The standard recommendation of  eight 8-ounce glasses per day is a good place to start, but some may need more to avoid dehydration. The question, then, is what is the best source of water?

The water/soda aisle of the grocery store has no shortage of bottled water choices, nor is there a shortage of health claims the bottled water companies make. Some companies claim their product is better because of the water source; however, most bottled water companies do not disclose the source. In a recent study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), they found that many companies surveyed would not answer these three questions:

  • Where does the water come from?
  • Is it purified? How?
  • Have tests found any contaminants?

While this study by the EWG was more about company transparency than water quality, over half the 173 companies failed the transparency survey. This should make all of us question what they may be hiding.

The laws and regulations surrounding tap water are much more stringent than the bottled water industry. Seattle, for example, gives full disclosure about the quality of their drinking water. So, if you are one of the many Americans who needs to drink more water, your money might be better spent buying a water filter and drinking from the tap.

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