Bottled Water or Tap Water?

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Last year, bottled water overtook carbonated drinks as the world’s best-selling soft drink, largely due to public concern about added sugar and additives prompting consumers increasingly to ditch fizzy-pop.

There are many mixed views about drinking water from plastic bottles. There always seem to be claims going around about harmful chemicals in the plastic packaging used for some food and drink. Then there is the cost issue; bottled water costs so much more than tap, without taking into consideration the manufacturing costs.  And does bottled water taste preferable to tap?

“The bottled water industry is very largely a scam, and a very expensive one at that, in terms of both money and extravagant carbon footprint,” says Professor Paul Younger of Glasgow University

It is estimated that Britons spend about £1.5 billion on bottled water each year. Experts say that we drink 33 litres of bottled water annually, whether ordinary mineral, fizzy, or “purified’ tap water”.

So how do you like your water?  Running from the tap, or bought in a bottle? Do you drink tap water from a refillable bottle or would you buy bottled when it comes to water on the go? Do you prefer carbonated or still water?

Do you drink Bottled Water or Tap Water?

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major red
19th Aug 2016
0
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not plain i have to add juice
MorrisandDoris
9th Jul 2016
0
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Tap water in Dorset is very high in lime content so we buy bottled water to drink.
Joan Fraser
27th Feb 2016
0
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I far prefer our lovely cold fresh tap water, but do drink bottled water when out or at work - it's handy. I know I should drink more water though....it certainly does help with energy levels and avoid some headaches
jentie51
24th Feb 2016
0
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I always drink tap water. We are fortunate in the UK in that we have safe, clean drinking water on tap. If I'm out & about, I always carry a refillable bottle of H20 in my bag.
moi57
23rd Feb 2016
0
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Always drink tap water. However I always remember an interview with a very young African girl who walked miles every day to collect horrible looking water, being incredulous that we westerners were paying astronomical amounts for bottled water when clean safe water came out of a tap in our homes!
Kes
23rd Feb 2016
1
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I drink tap water. If I am out and about, I carry a small refillable contained with my tap water. I always ask for tap water in pubs and restaurants. I buy bottled water when on holiday abroad. My tap water comes from the Elan Valley Reservoirs in Mid Wales and it tastes good and soft. The elixir of life!
patrington
14th Feb 2016
1
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Wife just bought me a soda stream for valentines day. Just the thing to help me lose weight. Fizzy water fills me up.
shortyshah
29th Jan 2016
2
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I drink boiled water in the UK and drink bottled abroad.
Pussk2
29th Jan 2016
1
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Tap water at home does not taste very nice. It is even worse at my workplace. I drink bottled water most of the time but if I am having a little squash with it I use tap. I buy 12 bottles of water for £2.29. I am prepared to pay this as the water really is that bad!
ann chick
25th Jan 2016
2
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tap water in Great Britain is fine to drink, just run the tap a little to get it nice and cold. However, we do buy bottled water in sunny countries where the supply is not as clean in the taps.
Pam1960
22nd Jan 2016
2
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If we follow health advice and drink 2 litres per day - 4 bottles per day at £1 each - £28 per week - £1456 per year. Its tap water when at home and save the £s fir my next holiday
bluemoon239
22nd Jan 2016
1
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Tap water at home and bottled when I'm out and about.
Mags 55
22nd Jan 2016
2
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I much prefer tap water but I'm fortune to live in an area where our water is very good - also I'd grudge the price of bottled water & of course you've got the bottle to dispose of!
lizfid3
21st Jan 2016
1
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The water which comes from my tap is often cloudy with floaters, and as this is a comparatively new house I doubt it is down to old pipe works, plus it was the same in my old house not far from here. I did try drinking the tap water a couple of times but it really upset my stomach. If I drink water from my filter jug it's better. I don't know what the water companies add to the water supply but it obviously doesn't agree with everyone.
Pam1960
21st Jan 2016
1
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Same as Suzij64 I drink both bottled and tap water, with the amount of water I drink per day I don't think I could afford bottled all the time besides my tap water tastes fine
Wilf
22nd Jan 2016
2
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Bottled water is such a rip off as well. £1 for a plastic bottle with some water. they really are having a laugh!
suzij64
19th Jan 2016
1
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I drink both really. Tap water at home and bottled if I'm out.
wiffler
16th Jan 2016
1
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Water from the south of Leeds ie. Birstall, Liversedge is quite pleasant but that from North Leeds, MOORALLERTON in particular is awful. First thing you can smell bleach from the tap. Awful.
shunter
16th Jan 2016
1
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I Suppose ANY water is better than no water: Bottled- or- tap! after seeing some of the stuff the African people have to survive
on ! But I wonder -- Do many of us give a thought to how many
sets of kidneys the stuff we obtain from the tap has been through
before we drink it?? or where the Water company actually obtained the stuff from??
Wilf
13th Jan 2016
4
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I have read that plastic bottles "leach" the plastic into water so for that reason alone I don't like drinking out of plastic bottles
JohnHerb
13th Jan 2016
4
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Never plastic bottled water! Its not good for you-how can it be when its been in a plastic bottle for ages-maybe 6 months. Tapwater is fresh and clean.

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