Many British people may be hesitant to get rid of their plastic bottles. Yet, they are nothing but a waste of money and an environmental issue. According to DiscoverWater.co.uk, UK tap water is rated among the best in the world in terms of quality.
Tap water in London, that is mainly supplied by the River Thames, does not make an exception. It meets all the European quality criteria and it is safe to drink. However, lot of Londoners don’t appreciate it.
I drink it, but I don’t like it. I even make soup with the water from the bottles.
Says Silvia, an Italian girl that has been living in London for three years. Michela adds:
I drank it until two months ago. Then I moved to a different house. The water tastes bad here.
Why are people sceptical about tap water?
One of the reasons why Londoners turn their nose up at tap water is its bitter taste. As The Evening Standard points out, this is mainly due to the water’s hardness. When rain falls on the ground and runs throught the rocks, it takes on natural minerals, such as calcium, potassium and magnesium.
These minerals, alongside with chlorine, give tap water its peculiar taste. Yet, they don’t make it unhealthy, as some people believe.
In the UK, as almost everywhere in Europe, faucet water is subject to strict controls. Companies carry out regular checking and draw up annual reports.
Talking about health, there are some myths to dispel. One is that chlorine in tap water is dangerous. Researchers declared that the amount of chlorine contained in two liters of water a day – that is an average dose – is so small that it has no effect on our physical wellness.
Other people think that kidney stones are a consequence of drinking tap water. The World Health Organization clarifies that calcareous water can certainly contaminate household appliances but it is not dangerous for the body and does not cause kidney stones. Doctors even advise people who suffer from them to drink abundantly and repeatedly throughout the day.
Drinking tap water is safe, but what if you still don’t like it?
Instead of buying bottles, you can opt for a carbon filter such as TAPP 2 or ask for information when you are at the restaurant or at the pub. Some venues, in fact, have a water filter system.
Definitely, going for some tap water at the restaurant or at home can be a good way to reduce plastic waste and save money, while still being healthy.