Tap Water: The Safe and Healthy Choice
Tapwater. It's safe for you and your family, and it's healthier for the environment than bottled water. If you like the taste of some brand of bottled water, then go right ahead and enjoy. But if you have been misled into thinking that you need to buy bottled water or filter your tapwater to protect your family, learn the facts about tapwater and reconsider.
Hey Mom! Have you ever looked at all those bottles of water at the supermarket that are competing for your hard earned dollar and wondered how they got there? It wasn't that long ago that we all drank tapwater without a second thought. What's changed?
Well, when it comes to the safety of your tapwater here in the Washington metro area, the answer is not much! Water utilities in the city and surrounding suburbs test their product – tapwater – every day. Tapwater in this part of the country routinely meets federal safety standards for various concentrations, including lead. With the exception of a few brief and well publicized periods, tapwater in this part of the country was safe to drink when you were a kid, and it's safe to drink now!
Here are a few things you should know about tapwater:
Tapwater Meets Stricter Standards
All tap water must meet the uniform standards set by the federal Safe Water Drinking Act (SWDA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies enforces the SWDA and establishes minimum standards for all public water utilities. Bottled water companies know that tapwater is safe – that's why so many of them simply take tapwater, put it in a bottle, and sell it to you for hundreds of times what they paid for it
Tapwater Problems are Publicized Better
But with bottled water, it's a different story. Inspectors don't drop by very often.
We're all counting on the bottled water companies to let us know if they uncover a problem at their bottling plant.
Tapwater is Healthier for Kids
Tapwater is safe and healthy choice for your family. It's safe because it's tested often and any problems are communicated immediately. It's healthy for your family because it is treated with flouride and it's healthy for the environment because it avoids the problems of plastic bottles.
If you like the taste of some brand of bottled water, then go right ahead and enjoy. But if you have been misled into thinking that you need to buy bottled water or filter your tapwater to protect your family, learn the facts about tapwater and reconsider.
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