Tap Vs. Bottled Water Facts

Updated July 19, 2017

The debate of bottled water versus tap water has many people on either side. Before deciding which way is your preferred method to drink water, check out the facts on both bottles and tap water.


Bottled water is made from plastic which creates additional waste, while tap water comes with no packaging. Fossil fuels are eliminated in the creation of bottles, and gasoline is burnt while driving the bottles to retailers. While some people recycle plastic bottles, many do not.

Cost Factors

While using tap water may slightly affect your utility water bill, bottled water is essentially more expensive. Food and Water Watch reports that over £6 billion was spent on bottled water by Americans during the year 2009.


Tap water and bottled water are both similar in terms of health factors despite public perception. Tap and bottled water must meet standards set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and are tested for quality. In addition to the FDA regulations, tap water is also overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Brian Vaughan is a freelance writer based in Springfield, Mo. He has been writing short stories, reviews and essays for over eight years and is currently pursuing a degree in professional writing at Missouri State University.