A Reverse Osmosis water filter is in our opinion better than most bottled water. The best brands of bottled water use reverse osmosis filters to purify their water, but many bottlers do not. Be sure and check the label..often you'll see that the water source is city water! (see NRDC report below)
Water produced by RO systems plain tastes better..without the strange taste of some bottled or distilled water.
Should we trust bottled water?
Well, the truth is that bottled water sold in the United States is not always filtered and not necessarily cleaner or safer than most tap water, according to a four-year scientific study recently made public by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
The NRDC's study included testing of more than 1,000 bottles of 103 brands of bottled water. While most of the tested waters were found to be of high quality, some brands were significantly contaminated.
About one-third of the waters tested contained levels of contamination including synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic (at least one sample exceeded allowable limits under either state or bottled water industry standards or guidelines).
As mentioned above, about a quarter of all bottled water is actually bottled tap water, according to government and industry estimates (some estimates go as high as 40 percent).
The NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) has some very important information on other potential problems with bottled water.
Apparently another case of, "if you want it done right, do it yourself...
We strongly recommend buying your own water filter to ensure that the water you're drinking is the safest.