Most people have consumed bottled water during their life. It’s convenient and many of us consider bottled water to be safer than tap water. The truth is that bottled water is not safer. In fact, bottled water is not regulated by the EPA, whereas tap water must adhere to strict guidelines set to protect consumers from water contamination. In addition, many bottled waters are drawn from the same water source as tap water. So that water you are drinking is nothing more than filtered tap water packaged to sell for a fee. That’s right, it’s not all water coming from that beautiful waterfall or spring illustrated on the label. To add more fuel to the fire, that convenient, single-use bottle could be a health risk.

Of the 259 total bottles analyzed, 93% showed signs of microplastics.

This does not mean that tap water is free of issue. As a matter of fact, most tap water samples do have traces of microplastics according to the Consumer Affairs Article. The catch is that the concentration of plastic particles in tap water is much lower. Another study mentioned in Martyn's article, conducted by scientist Barbara Ingham from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, found that bottled water is most likely no better for human consumption than tap water, and tap water is significantly less expensive.

So, what’s the solution to this water problem? Consider installing an in-home water filtration system to remove contaminants from your water. You can install a specialty solution, or a drinking water filter attached to one tap in your home. By doing this, you put the power in your own hands to remove contaminants from your water and you reduce the plastic waste in the environment by eliminating bottled water from your life. When you take this step, you can have peace of mind about your health and your environmental footprint.