Using tap water can enhance your health, save you money and help protect the environment. There are many reasons to turn to tap water over bottled water, including the RWA’s watershed land that acts as a natural filter and buffer to pollutants and protects our drinking water supply reservoirs. Here are a few of them:
- Tap water is inexpensive. It is available from the faucet for less than a penny a gallon.
- Tap water is regulated for safety by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH). It must meet stringent quality standards.
- Water must be tested multiple times per day. Every water provider in the nation, including the RWA, is required to provide consumers with a detailed water quality report each year to ensure its compliance with federal standards. Year after year, our water tests are conducted in accordance with state and federal regulations and show that RWA water meets or is better than all requirements related to quality.
- Water is the best choice for hydration. It is recommended that you consume at least eight to 10 glasses of water each day. Medical experts agree that in hot and humid weather, you need to consume extra quantities of water because of dehydration through sweat.
- Most plastic disposable bottles are never recycled. According to the Container Recycling Institute, 85 percent of plastic water bottles end up in the trash even though they are made of recyclable materials. Americans throw away an average of 38 billion water bottles a year, which won’t biodegrade for at least 1,000 years.
- Using refillable bottles, stainless steel or plastic, can inspire the next generation of environmentally conscious consumers.