In conversations about hydration, chances are you’ve encountered the age-old question of whether it’s safer to drink bottled water or tap water. While both forms are treated and have regulations surrounding their production, there are many misconceptions about the safety of tap and bottled water. We’ve already discussed how tap water makes it to your home, but there is still a wealth of information concerning tap water available. Here are ten interesting facts about tap water that you may not know!
- 47% of Americans get their tap water from surface water sources, while 53% get their water from the ground. Tap water taken from the ground is generally considered to be safer than surface water, because of the natural filtration processes that occur there. However, pollution can counteract this form of natural purification.
- In America, the pipe systems that allow tap water to travel to our homes are comprised of about 600,000 miles of pipes. Combined with the pipes that transport water throughout Canada, this is enough to circle the Earth 40 times!
- There is a Museum of Tap Water in Beijing, China. It’s built atop the grounds where the Zhongzhimen Water Plant once stood, the first water plant built in China.
- It is theorized that one reason cats may find household water unpleasant is because they are capable of smelling chemicals and contaminants in it that humans can’t detect.
- In blind taste tests conducted all across America, people generally preferred the taste of tap water, or found it indistinguishable from bottled water, even though most expressed a disgust or aversion to it.
- As long as the water hasn’t been contaminated by saliva or dirty hands, a glass of tap water left out for days is still considered safe to drink. Of course, the longer water is left uncovered, especially in a dusty or dirty environment, the less safe it becomes. But if covered and sealed, water can last for a thousand years!
- More than half of the tap water used by homes in the U.S. goes toward outdoor activities, like watering the grass. Indoors, the largest percentage of water usage goes to toilets, washing machines, and showers.
- 34 billion gallons of water are processed in the U.S. every day, by approximately 26 thousand water treatment workers.
- In America, more than 1 billion glasses of tap water are consumed every day.
Though there are upsides and downsides to both tap and bottled water use, having access to clean, fresh water is vital for everyone. If you live in Monmouth County, Ocean County, Mercer County, Atlantic County, Cape May County, or Cumberland County, we can deliver fresh bottled spring water, as well as home filtration systems, right to your door! Just call us at 800-624-0081 to place an order.