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Tap water vs. bottled

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 21, 2013 at 3:35 PM

I'm thinking about switching from tap water to a spring water that comes in a big jug (with all the recent talk about fluoride in tap water). BUT I'm confused because I thought plastic was very bad, and leaches chemicals into the water. Is this only true for small water bottles that sit on a shelf for months? Are the big jugs of water safer?

Also, what should I look for when purchasing said jugs of water? There is a supplier near my home but they have lots of different water choices.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on July 07, 2013
at 10:48 PM

what country?..

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on July 07, 2013
at 10:45 PM

yeah, but how much fluoride in spring water? You need to check the particular water's test results. It could be none, or really, really low.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on February 21, 2013
at 06:44 PM

The downside is the low mineral content tho.

E687b5eb51456c9a0205aff406f44ca3

on February 21, 2013
at 06:37 PM

no, and neither do ceramic filters (brita is activated carbon). to remove fluoride you need reverse osmosis, distillation, or an "Activated Alumina" defluoridation filter.

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on February 21, 2013
at 05:41 PM

i have been drinking distilled for over 20 years. i bought a home system way back then. if i were going to buy something new, i think i would go with an reverse osmosis with an electric pump on a stainless steel reservoir because i have no idea what the bladders inside those pressurized storage tanks is made of.

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

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on February 21, 2013
at 05:06 PM

I am also from Ontario (Hamilton). So I guess the safest thing would be to buy spring water.

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on February 21, 2013
at 03:48 PM

Does filtering water at home (Using a Brita filter for example), remove fluoride?

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 21, 2013
at 03:39 PM

If you have access to a spring, then simply get a glass carboy. This is what I did when I lived near Saratoga Springs, NY.

If you are getting from a distributor, you may want to see if you can provide your own containers. If you, you basically have to take what you can get.

Safety-wise, it is important not to re-use or reheat plastic water bottles. If you are subscribing to a service like one that you'd see in an office where they deliver plastic carboys for a water fountain/machine, you may want to ask what plastic (or non-plastic) materials the containers are made from.

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on February 21, 2013
at 05:01 PM

Spring water has fluoride in it too. I buy distilled which has much less. Alternatively, you could buy a distiller and do it yourself but I have not invested in one yet.

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on July 07, 2013
at 10:45 PM

yeah, but how much fluoride in spring water? You need to check the particular water's test results. It could be none, or really, really low.

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on October 30, 2013
at 01:11 PM

This is probably a little late to respond, but there is a difference between natural fluoride in purchased spring water and Hydrofluorocillic Acid which is placed in the water....not to mention the concentration is likely different. I personally ended up getting a filter from this company http://www.pureeffectfilters.com/#a_aid=Ultrawater

It removes Fluoride, prescription drugs, pesticides, etc etc ...even Radiation... great small company with great reviews. Just in case somebody comes along and is looking for something. I think its more convenient to just get it from your tap than always going off to the store and purchasing.....you actually are still in the same boat that you don't know what it is you are getting in the water you buy. At least this company's filter was independently tested with the results posted. I was able to contact the lab and was able to verify the company was reputable and wasn't just putting up a fake lab report or making whatever claims they wanted....so it all checked out. At least that way you know what you are getting.

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on February 21, 2013
at 06:25 PM

I am lucky to live in a country where tap water is cleaner than most bottled water (less bacteria), and has no fluoride. Completely neutral flavour too.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on February 21, 2013
at 06:44 PM

The downside is the low mineral content tho.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on July 07, 2013
at 10:48 PM

what country?..

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on February 21, 2013
at 04:34 PM

there are far worse things in your tap water than fluoride. very few water treatment plants have the ability to remove pharmaceuticals from the water system. i live in ontario and the provincial government's 2010 report on drinking water lists drugs such as carbamazepine (anticonvulsant), gemfibrozil (lipid-lowering), ibuprofen and bisphenol A; yes its not just in bottled water. if you consider the wide spread use of homones and blood thinners, one has to believe they are in the system as well. the levels of contamination are said to be very low and that a person would have to drink thousands of glasses of water to exceed the safe limit, but who knows how many swallows it take to hit the dosage that begins to effect your body?

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

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on February 21, 2013
at 05:06 PM

I am also from Ontario (Hamilton). So I guess the safest thing would be to buy spring water.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on February 21, 2013
at 05:41 PM

i have been drinking distilled for over 20 years. i bought a home system way back then. if i were going to buy something new, i think i would go with an reverse osmosis with an electric pump on a stainless steel reservoir because i have no idea what the bladders inside those pressurized storage tanks is made of.

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on February 21, 2013
at 03:40 PM

Have you considered a water filter? I have a jug at home which I just fill up and put in the fridge. It's very easy to do, you don't need to go somewhere to buy water and it must be cheaper too.

Unless it's some very fancy water you're buying I will assume the difference in health benefits is insignificant.

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

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on February 21, 2013
at 03:48 PM

Does filtering water at home (Using a Brita filter for example), remove fluoride?

E687b5eb51456c9a0205aff406f44ca3

on February 21, 2013
at 06:37 PM

no, and neither do ceramic filters (brita is activated carbon). to remove fluoride you need reverse osmosis, distillation, or an "Activated Alumina" defluoridation filter.

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