Tap vs Bottled vs Filtered Water: What is the Difference?

by Janice FERGUSON on Jan 14, 2020

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated each day. But have you ever considered the quality of the water you’re drinking?  There are some pretty big differences between tap water, bottled water and filtered water - not only when it comes to our health, but also when we consider the environmental impact. If you’re interested in learning more, keep reading as we compare the differences between tap, bottled and filtered water below.

Tap water

Tap water is cheap and readily available, making it the most common source of water for many families. But did you know tap water can actually contain potentially harmful pollutants?  While our tap water in Australia is much cleaner than many other countries, it can still contain small traces of chemicals such as aluminium, nitrate and chlorine – and in some cases, even elements of heavy metals and pesticides. Although tap water is easily accessible, it 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. 

Bottled water 

Bottled water is seen as a convenient solution for those who don’t like the taste or quality of tap water. But it might surprise you to learn that bottled water is not necessarily any cleaner than tap water, and may still contain small traces of the pollutants mentioned above.  Bottled water also increases your exposure to BPA – a synthetic hormone disruptor used to create plastics. This is why you always want to look out for bottles labelled as “BPA-free”. With this being said, bottled water also has a devastating impact on our environment. Bottled water is often discarded after just one use, making it the least eco-friendly choice. In today’s climate, it’s become more important than ever to reduce single-use plastics, and bottled water is one of the main culprits.

Filtered water

If you’re searching for the cleanest, 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 and protecting our body from disease to maintaining healthy skin. So how can you enjoy filtered water at home? It’s as simple as using a water filtration uni to remove any potential pollutants or contaminants from your tap water. You can use your water filtration unit to refill a reusable drink bottle throughout the day, instead of purchasing (and discarding!) plastic bottles. A water filtration unit can not only save you money in the long run, but also reduce your environmental impact. Our water filtration units are the perfect addition to a healthy, mindful and eco-friendly kitchen. See our full range of water filtration units online, with AfterPay and ZipPay available. Don’t forget we offer free shipping Australia-wide on all purchases.

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