Bottled water VS tap water

Bottled water VS tap water
The key issue, whether bottled water or tap water, is security. The filtration from which bottled water passes eliminates potentially infectious elements, but that does not necessarily mean that bottled water is better for our body. What, finally, is the issue of drinking bottled water or not? 


 
Public health issues related to drinking water, bottled or tapped, are rare in Europe and in our country as standards of quality, production and water packaging are high. Tap water in most Greek cities (excluding cities and networks with old and damaged water supply systems) is of very good quality, as there are constant and systematic controls. Consumer taste tastes seem to be the main factor for the final choice when the quality of tap water in the area where you live is given. 

Worldwide, in recent years, the increasing pollution of surface and groundwater resources has resulted in water degradation from the tap and has given rise to the creation of large bottled water companies. However, with the development of water purification technology, there are cases where water in the water network is good or better than bottled water. Generally, tap water contains a variety of natural and relatively harmless contaminants, such as iron and magnesium metal ions and calcium carbonate. Apart from these, chlorine is added for disinfection and protection against bacteria, which makes many people make tap water dangerous for our health. However, according to national and Community legislation, all drinking water - and bottled, 

First of all, we must read on the label the species, its physical chemical composition and the other information on the bottled water we drink. Important information that is directly related to our health is, among other things, Sodium, Calcium and Magnesium. There are three categories of bottled,recognized by the European Union: table, natural mineral water and spring water. Table waters are common drinking water packaged for human consumption and in the food and beverage industries either after or without prior treatment. They may be of surface or underground origin and may be subjected to disinfection treatments. Natural Mineral Waters are obligatory of underground origin, contain more than common drinking water, minerals, trace elements or other components, and no decontamination treatment is permitted. Source waters are of underground origin, exploited in natural or artificial outlets of a source or well, are bottled at their place of origin on site and no decontamination treatment is permitted.

Bottled water is not only economically expensive but environmentally friendly too . The excessive consumption may lead to excessive concentrations of sodium, as well as various toxins including benzene which had been detected previously. Bottles made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) was found to contain even low levels of heavy metal antimony. It is possible, also, some toxic substances found in the environment during dialysis or during transport and storage of bottled water to penetrate the plastic and enrich the water. Particular attention should also be paid to the conditions and manner of storage and transport of the bottles. 

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