Water - Is it safe to drink?

Drinking water quality in the U.S. is generally good. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates water systems to ensure they comply with state and federal standards. Enforcement of very small water systems in rural or remote areas is not as strict, but in more than 90% of the country, you can safely drink water directly from the faucet.

Even though you might notice a difference in the water taste, depending on your part of the country, that does not indicate the water’s quality. The water’s source, delivery method and any treatment necessary to make it comply with EPA standards can affect the taste.

You will notice that a lot of Americans drink bottled water. Over the last 10-15 years, the bottled water industry has exploded. Some people choose to drink bottled water because they do not like the taste of the water in their area. Others choose to purchase bottled water because they feel it has higher quality than tap water. For others, they consider bottled water a convenience, and still others like to add a flavor package to their bottled water to give it a flavor and encourage them to drink it more.

Bottled water companies have relied heavily on marketing the image of clear, clean water drawn from a pristine lake or river high up in the mountains. This visual image can convince the consumer that their water is actually more pure and better for them than drinking what comes out of the faucet. But that conception may or may not be true.

The U.S. has also issued Recommended Daily Allowances of nutrients, vitamins and food groups to help guide citizens how best to maintain good health. One of the recommendations that many Americans try to adhere to is the advice to drink at least 64 oz. (about 1.9 liters) of water per day. Due to the mobile and fast-paced American lifestyle, often the best way to keep track of and remember to drink is to carry a water bottle along with you. It also provides a sanitary solution to germs that one can encounter using public drinking fountains, etc.

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