You’re making healthy choices by choosing to drink water. That’s great! But it shouldn’t come with a high price tag. When you get down to it, there really are “right” and “wrong” ways to hydrate throughout the day.
The Cost of Plastic Bottled Water
Plenty of organizations have run the numbers comparing the costs of plastic bottled water vs tap water. The general consensus is that bottled water is at least 2,000 times more expensive that your city tap water. We think that’s ridiculous. It’s way more cost-effective and rewarding to spend that money somewhere else. Why not buy a great cup of coffee instead? Or pick up some cookies from a local bakery?
Sure, you might find that bottled water tastes better than tap water from the faucet. But there’s a smarter solution, so there’s no reason to throw your money away. It’s actually super-easy to get the best of both worlds. You’ll delicious water that’s safe to drink and it will still affordable! (More details on that soon.)
Another problem with plastic bottled water is that it comes with environmental costs. Our landfills are brimming with literal tons of plastic waste from “disposable” bottles. Americans go through about 50 million plastic bottles every year, and a good portion of that is bottled water. Unfortunately, the estimated recycling rate of plastic water bottles is only around 31 percent. That means we’re sending more than two-thirds of those bottles to the garbage. Part of this is because some areas don’t recycle the “crinkly” water bottles. But that’s really no excuse. We can help stop the problem altogether by avoiding disposable bottled water in the first place.
Filtered Water—Straight From Your Tap
Obviously we all want our drinking water to taste good. You can’t assume that all bottled water is clean “spring water.” This is where water filtration comes into play. And why water filters are so important! They make your water taste good and they can get rid of any lingering water contaminants. The catch with bottled water, though, is that some companies are selling you tap water that’s been filtered—which you can easily get at home.
Getting a home water filter means you can stay hydrated for pennies. Not dollars. If your bottled water is just expensive, filtered tap water, then what’s the point? Point-of-use water filters give you delicious water right by your kitchen sink. You get true convenience. They filter and “polish” your city tap water right before it comes out of the faucet. The result? Filtered water ready whenever you’re thirsty. It’ll also be there when you want to fill up a fun, reusable water bottle before heading out the door. Even better, these solutions make filtered water affordable.
You could potentially end up saving hundreds of dollars every year by making the switch to in-home filtration. Buying plastic bottled water simply isn’t the answer. But drinking plain tap water isn’t either. If you want the best benefits of drinking water, you’ll want to switch to point-of-use filtration.
What Makes Home Water Filters Better?
Bottled water and tap water are often one and the same. In a lot of ways, plastic bottled water is even worse. You’re basically paying a premium because of what they spend on their marketing. Then again, our city tap water has its problems too.
Drinking unfiltered tap water can expose you to chlorine. There’s also the risk of getting lead in your drinking water if you live in an area with an old plumbing infrastructure. Grabbing a plastic bottle of water of water might seem convenient at first—and when it’s filtered water, it’ll definitely taste better—but filling up your own reusable bottle is the best approach. You don’t have to feel guilty about adding more plastic waste to the landfills. Plus, you’ll be saving money along the way!
Some people decide to go with a reverse osmosis water filter because it runs their tap water through multiple stages of filtration. Others prefer water filters that are more efficient and clean their water all while keeping the tasty minerals. Whichever direction you take, it’s bound to be more cost-effective than paying for plastic bottled water. If you’d like to figure out which home water filters are best for your family, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Indy Soft Water team! We’d love to help you find the right fit.