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Is Filtered Tap Water Healthier Than Bottled Water?

More than $4 billion worth of bottled water is purchased every year in Canada. Not only does it create a lot of plastic waste, there are also no health benefits. In fact, bottled water can negatively impact your health. That’s what makes tap water preferable, especially when it’s been run through a Big Berkey water filter.

Read on to learn why filtered tap water is healthier than bottled water.

Drawbacks to Bottled Water

Plastic bottles are made from petroleum products, which create a negative environmental impact. Discarded plastic bottles turn up almost everywhere on the planet and take up space in landfills.

Additionally, some plastic used to make the bottles contains bisphenol A, an endocrine disruptor. Commonly called BPA, these chemicals change the way your body uses hormones. They have been linked to higher cases of breast cancer and other health problems. And since there are no testing programs in place to determine the quality of plastic bottles, you can’t know what ingredients are included in the bottle you select.

Finally, bottled water is more expensive than tap water. Even if you factor in the cost of a Big Berkey water filter, the cost savings over bottled water are tremendous!

Advantages of Filtered Water

One of the biggest advantages of tap water is that it’s filtered regularly. Public utilities must test the tap water and report results to the proper governing bodies. That means you know the water you’re drinking is safe to consume. Even then, a minute amount of impurities can sneak through. Aging pipes can let contaminants enter the water supply more easily, and cryptosporidium, a parasite that can impact people with immunocompromised systems, can be found in tap water.

That’s why filters are so important. Systems with an absolute 1-micron filter can remove even the smallest pathogens that could make you sick.

What Makes the Big Berkey Water Filter Different?

To ensure the tap water you drink is safe and healthy, make sure you have the right filter system. The Big Berkey system is equipped with the Black Berkey filter, which is classified as a water purifier. The filter removes 99.9999999% of pathogenic bacteria and 99.999% of viruses, greatly exceeds NSF/ANSI Standard 53.

The Big Berkey removes or significantly reduces:

  • Viruses
  • Pathogenic bacteria
  • Trihalomenthanes including bromodichloromethane, bromoform, and chloroform
  • Inorganic minerals
  • Heavy metals
  • Pharmaceutical drug contaminants
  • Pesticides and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Arsenic
  • e. Coli bacteria

These contaminants are bad for your health, but they can also make your water taste and smell bad. The Big Berkey also improves the way your water smells and tastes.

The Big Berkey holds 8.5 liters of water and it has a five-to-six-year life span before the filters needs to be changed.  The food grade solid stainless steel chambers last for generations.  It’s a great option for everyday in-home use. Learn more about the Big Berkey and how it will save you money and provide a healthier alternative to bottled water.

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