City water is bad for you, it is a great percentage of the time filtered sewer water, srry. Bottled water is of the same kind. Actually if you buy spring water it is better for you than the water you get out of you're tap if you live in the city. :)
The entire "bottled water vs. tap water" debate is essentially a pointless debachle because bottled water quality varies from brand to brand and tap water quality varies from city to city. On the whole, however, most bottled water is safe. In fact, some bottled water is simply tap water put into a bottle with little or no additional filtering. Personally, I attach a filter to my tap water outlet. It gives me a steady supply of clean water and is much cheaper than buying expensive bottled waters. After all, when you buy bottled water, you aren't paying for the water, you are paying for the plastic.
Its only bad for the environment if you don't recycle but otherwise its not bad for you because it's cleaner than tap but if you freeze it then thaw it yes it can get plastic chemicals in it and then its bad for you.
Any water you choose to intake from known sources is safe. Bottled water is tested and regulated by the FDA. Tap water is routinely tested by the municipalities providing it, however it sometimes can have a taste or odor that may be unpleasant to you.
Scooping up water from a roadside stream...well...you are on your own.
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Last edited at 6:37PM on 4/17/2012
Well, if the water isn't enough to worry about, then consider the plastic bottle. Some plastics contain bisphenol-a (BPA) which can leach into the water especially if the bottles get too warm (loaded in a hot truck, sitting in the sun on a store shelf, in your car, etc). Here's a link with more information about BPA: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/22/health/22well.html
A recent study testing bottled water showed that no bacteria is found in any brand of bottled water, however, higher levels of salt were found in some bottled water such as Aquafina (They do this to make you drink more). Also, many times, water does not come from the place where the producer advertises the water to come from. Mostly, bottled water comes from the place where it is mass packaged, so really, bottled water is just city water that has been filtered. If water really does come from a natural spring, it will blatantly say so on the bottle. In this study, new york city water from a drinking fountain was discovered to be just as clean as bottled water, and it was even rated in the top 5 category for best tasting water, while Evian, the most expensive bottled water, was determened to be the most awful tasting. Perhaps what you have heard to be unhealthy is the bottle you are drinking your water from. First time use of plastic bottles is fine, but after that, you should toss it. Plastic can carry bacteria that can be harmful to you if used for too long.
It's not the water, it's the bottle. Bottled water has been linked to possibly cause cancer if left out in extreme temp. change. Singer/songwriter Cheryl Crow believes her breast cancer may be related to drinking the bottled water she left in her car. Who knows.
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The way that bottled water is worst for you is in the pocketbook area! For what you pay for a year's worth of bottled water, you could buy a pretty decent water filtration system. My hub and I recently bought a pretty decent filtration system at our local Farm store. It takes out dissolved minerals such as lead, spores like cryptosporidium, and other nasties. If I recall correctly, it cost under $300.