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Is It Really Necessary To Buy Bottled Water?

For years people have been drinking the water that flows out of the tap. And how often did people get sick from drinking tap water that city municipalities regulate? Not too often. Yet Americans spent some $10 billion on bottled water last year. Is it really worth paying a dollar for a bottle of water out of the vending machine rather than filling up a cup at the water fountain?

According to an article by Gregory Karp of the Allentown Morning Call featured in, the dirty secret about clean water is that regulation of bottled water is weaker than regulation of tap water. These include leading brands like Coke's Dasani and Pepsi's Aquafina. Tap water can actually be beneficial because most cities require the water to contain fluoride to prevent tooth decay with its citizens. Bottled water often does not contain fluoride, according to a report from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The bottled-water industry does not state or advertise that their water is much safer to drink than tap water but they do show images of young, healthy people exercising, mountain glaciers, crystal clear streams and water falls. These advertisements are intended to make consumers think that bottled water is the way to go. However, consumers need to consider that the United States has one of the cleanest drinking-water supplies in the world, stated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

If you are still thinking twice about drinking water out of the tap, another alternative is to purchase a water filtration system to attach on the end of the faucet. (Others are containers that filter the water in them.) Among the best known brands are PUR and Brita. Purchasing these products may seem unreasonable because they can be costly, but in the long run you will definitely save. According to Brita, its high-end faucet filter provides water for 18 cents a gallon. That is much cheaper than paying a dollar for a 12 ounce bottle. You can also purchase pitchers that filter your tap water.

Besides the cost of bottled water, the hassle of having to stop at a convenient store and waiting in line to buy a bottle of water can be annoying. As you can see, you can save a lot of money by not buying bottled water. Although, certain situations still require buying bottled water; in times of natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes where the water supply to your home are cut off or polluted, it is smart to stock up on a few cases of bottled water.

Fun Tip: Put a three quarter full bottle of water in the freezer and let it freeze. When you are going out for the day, take out the bottle and add water to it and you will have refreshing ice water for the rest of the day.Pete Glocker is employed in the Education and Charitable Services Department at Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp. ("DMCC"), a 501c(3) non-profit charitable organization located in Boca Raton, Florida. Pete graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Multimedia Journalism and was a web producer Intern for Tribune Interactive products and DMCC provides free financial education, personal budget counseling, and debt management plans to consumers across the United States. Debt management plans offered by DMCC help consumers relieve the stress of excessive debt by reducing credit card interest rates, consolidating and lowering monthly payments, and stopping collection calls and late fees. DMCC financial counselors can be reached for free education materials, budget counseling and debt management plan quotes by calling 866-618-DEBT or by visiting Pete Glocker can be reached by email at

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Is it normal to have black specks in your Brita water?

I got a new Brita. I followed all the guidelines of soaking a new filter and rinsing it and letting it filter water a few times before actually using it. But there is black specs floating in my filtered water that I know is coming from the filter. Is this normal? And what is it?

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