Tap Water vs. Bottled Water: What Is Better for Your Health

When it comes to water, there are many variations: electrolyte-rich, alkaline, spring water, charcoal-infused, etc. But let’s take it back to the basics: tap water vs. bottled water. Read on to learn all about the differences between the two.

Differences Between Tap and Bottled Water

Although Both Are Water, Tap And Bottled Water Are Very Different. Tap Is Used For Drinking, Showering, Washing Dishes, And Cleaning; Bottled Water Can Be Used For Drinking, Humidifiers, And Cooking. 

Tap water comes from lakes, groundwater, and rivers. The water flows from the sources to a treatment plant, gets purified, then gets sent to a storage tank. From there, pipes carry it to people’s homes.

Bottled water comes from the same sources. It is purified but then typically enhanced in some way. Then, it is bottled and shipped to retailers to sell.

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Here is a more in-depth look at the differences between bottled and tap water:


Bottled Water

Regardless of the source, the FDA has standards for bottled water manufacturing and shipment to ensure that it is safe to drink. 

Tap Water

According to the CDC, U.S. tap water is one of the safest drinking waters in the world. The Environmental Protection Agency regulates tap water in the U.S., which means that tap water sources, treatment, and distribution are constantly monitored to ensure safe and healthy quality. Overall water quality can vary based on local factors.


Bottled Water

Oftentimes, it is said that bottled water tastes better than tap. This can depend on the brand of bottled water you purchase. Unlike the variability you might experience with drinking tap water from different localities, bottled water brands provide consistent taste.  Common types of bottled water include:

  • Electrolyte-fortified water

  • Purified water

  • Distilled water
  • Spring water
  • Alkaline water
Tap Water

There is a common consensus that bottled water tastes better than tap water. However, bottled and tap water frequently taste the same. Similar to safety, the taste of tap water can depend on the region you’re in because of the mineral content in the soil where the water is sourced from. Pipes may also affect the flavor of tap water. 


Bottled Water

You don’t always have access to tap water—especially when you’re in your day-to-day activities. Whether you’re at work or at the gym, bottled water can come in handy. Of course, the tradeoff is that you pay for this convenience.

Tap Water

It’s convenient to be able to turn on a faucet and have water ready to drink. Although there aren’t faucets everywhere, a reusable bottle can help keep you hydrated with tap water when you’re out and about. Another convenient factor: you don’t need to head to the store every time you’re out of water. Simply open the tap, and you’re good to go!

Pros And Cons Of Each

Bottled Water


  • Choose the taste of your water based on brand

  • Enjoy it without fear of contamination due to FDA regulations

  • Convenient to take on the go


  • Additional cost

  • Storing and properly maintaining your “inventory”

Tap Water


  • Free and readily available in homes everywhere

  • Can be filtered with a sink attachment to provide even higher quality water (for additional upfront and maintenance costs)


  • Taste can range towards metallic depending on where the water is sourced from

  • Often less convenient for on-the-go lifestyles

The Bottom Line

Not sure which is best? The answer is that they’re both great options depending on your situation. But if you’re looking for Deliciously Smooth™ taste, premium quality, and a variety of bottle sizes to match any occasion, look no further than Alkaline88®.