We all know how important it is to stay hydrated and get in our 8 glasses of water each day. But have you ever stopped to think about the quality of the water you’re drinking?

From tap water to bottled and filtered water, there are some pretty big differences between each one. It’s important to consider not only the quality of the water itself, but also the potential implications on our health and the environment.

If you’re wondering what kind of water is best for your family, keep reading for a full breakdown as we compare each one.

Tap water

Tap water is cheap and readily available from our very own home, making it the most common source of water for many families. However, tap water can actually contain potentially harmful pollutants that increase the risk of health problems when consumed in large quantities.

In Australia, our tap water is known to contain small traces of chemicals such as aluminium, nitrate and chlorine – even elements of heavy metals and pesticides. Our tap water can be contaminated through both natural and man-made sources on its journey to our kitchen sink, from industrial pollution to pipe contaminants and chlorine-resistant bacterias. So although it might be easily accessible, it’s definitely not the purest.

Bottled water

For those who don’t like the taste or quality of tap water, bottled water is seen as a convenient solution. However, around 40% of bottled water is actually just rebottled tap water, and may still contain small traces of the chemicals and pollutants mentioned above.

Bottled water also increases your exposure to BPA – a synthetic hormone disruptor used to create plastics. If you are opting for bottled water, be sure to look out for bottles labelled as “BPA-free” as an alternative.

Putting the health risks aside, bottled water can also have a devastating impact on the environment, falling under the umbrella of “single-use plastic” that is often discarded after consumption. With the current war on waste movement in Australia, it’s become more important than ever to reduce single-use plastics where possible.

Filtered water

If you’re searching for the purest, healthiest and most eco-friendly water solution, filtered water would have to be the winner. Drinking pure filtered water can have countless benefits for our health and wellness, from improving digestion to maintaining healthy skin.

Introducing a water filtration unit into your home helps to remove all of the contaminants from your everyday tap water, ensuring the water you consume is pollutant-free. A water filtration unit also allows you to conveniently refill your drink bottle each day from home, without having to waste plastic (and money!) on purchasing bottled water again and again.

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