The Water Cooler – Bottled Water -vs- Tap Water, Which One Is Better?

January 10, 2019 12:00 pm · 36 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

Give us your opinion: Is bottled water really better than tap water?

Talk about it….

Not Sure January 10, 2019 at 12:20 PM

Since a 500ml bottle water costs more per gallon than gas, tap is WAYYYY BETTER.

Future Catlady January 10, 2019 at 12:23 PM

It depends on your local tap water. When I lived in San Francisco the tap water great. When I came to the east bay and was under East Bay MUD the water was also good. Once I got to the central part of Contra Costa I really needed to get a water filter or purchase bottled water.

Simonpure January 10, 2019 at 12:43 PM

Agreed…when I lived in Hanford (central cal) the water taste like sulfur. I wouldn’t drink it even though they said it was harmless.

Will January 10, 2019 at 12:38 PM

All depends on your local water source. Tap water where I am in CCC is very good. But when we lived in Southern CA it was barely drinkable and I preferred bottled water over their tap water.

Roz January 10, 2019 at 12:44 PM

Not sure,…but bottled water from Water Depot in Concord is 50 cent a gallon, and tastes much better than our tap. We started with using this water over 25 years ago, after doing some research, since my Hubby’s family history of heart problems. He is the only one who hasn’t died or has not had major by-pass surgery.
Hummm,…Or maybe it’s the 2 bottles of beer a night that is helping. 🙂

AnonZ January 10, 2019 at 12:45 PM

I prefer my tap water over most bottled waters. They have a chemical after-taste. The only bottled water I will drink is Fiji or Ethos.

Silva January 10, 2019 at 12:58 PM

I miss the deliciousness of EBMUD an awful lot. Now I drink Concord tap water. I don’t like to ingest anything that comes in plastic, so bottled water is just used for emergencies here.

Carl Spakler January 10, 2019 at 1:03 PM

Beer is better!

Kentucky Derby January 10, 2019 at 1:03 PM

Tap. Bottled water is convenient, but pricy. We have a water pitcher with a filter that we keep in the fridge, so filtered tap water tastes just fine.

Mir24 January 10, 2019 at 1:06 PM

I agree that SF and EBMUD have great tasting water and I hate the taste of CCWD water so I buy bottled water (gallon size).

Mountainside Jay January 10, 2019 at 1:07 PM

EBMUD water is delicious. Not so much at home, I usually drink bottled.

Concord Grape January 10, 2019 at 1:13 PM

how about filtered water from the refrigerator?

Original G January 10, 2019 at 1:17 PM

Believe most bottled water comes from municipal water systems and is filtered before bottling. Shows how effective massive advertising can be.

We opt for home filtered water. Will eventually go with an RO system for drinking and cooking water.

Simonpure January 10, 2019 at 1:48 PM

Reverse Osmosis is good. You lose many minerals but at least you can make up the lose with the food you digest. Depending on the size of the system it can be very wasteful. Some use the reject water for plants but you must obtain plants that are tolerant to higher levels of sodium.

Stove January 10, 2019 at 1:40 PM

I use a RO water filter at home, tap is pretty good, but the taste is much better after the RO filter. Bottled is too expnsive and just for emergencies and middle of nowhere camping.

Donk E. Dong January 10, 2019 at 1:49 PM

Diamond pure in the ross shopping center in clayton is all I ever drink

ChampagneKitty January 10, 2019 at 2:29 PM

I use tap water all the time to make other beverages with (i.e. coffee, herbal tea, Crystal Light, etc.) but when I want to drink plain water, I prefer bottled.

Kirkwood January 10, 2019 at 2:41 PM

I also use Diamond Pure for drinking and cooking, it goes through a multi step process that includes charcoal, RO, and UV. It’s delicious. Before Los Vaqueros, CCWD would get so salty in summer it violated federal standards. You could smell it.

Silva January 10, 2019 at 5:32 PM

Is that what mad the difference, Kirkwood? When I was here in the 1970s I wouldn’t drink it, and I’m a lifelong dedicated water drinker. It was terrible. You really could smell it, and it wasn’t all that clear. It was too salty to quench your thirst, and 3x as bad during the drought. I think I remember it came from the Delta(?). Though I wish it was from the Mokelumne River or Hetch Hetchy, at least it is no longer undrinkable.

The Mamba January 10, 2019 at 2:44 PM

I only drink Perrier, I only drink it with my pinky extended.

Cowellian January 10, 2019 at 3:22 PM

National Lampoon once had an ad for Terrier Water, from deep inside a little dog. A product of France, where everything is considered potable.

Dawg January 10, 2019 at 2:49 PM

I’ve never been much of a water drinker, but when I do drink it, I use tap. I also use tap in all my cooking. If I was to buy bottled water, it would be natural spring water which picks up a lot of minerals from the earth.

anon January 10, 2019 at 3:18 PM

tap water through a berkey filter in my own reusable glass bottle.

ClayDen January 10, 2019 at 3:49 PM

We used to drink a lot of bottled water, then we got a new refrigerator with a built-in water filter that works great. Now, that is mostly what we drink, unless we go someplace and need to bring water.

PO'd January 10, 2019 at 4:56 PM

CCWD tastes horrible, and since it comes from the delta, how good can it be?
I buy Crystal Geyser because they don’t use chlorine to purify, instead they use ozone and UV. 89 cents per gallon plus the state fee=almost 1 dollar.
It is Mt Shasta snow melt bottled in Weed CA.Watch out for bubbles in the summer, as it indicates gassing out from the container from being in a hot truck.
Fiji is the best water I’ve ever tasted, but too expensive for cooking. I’ve used RO in the past, but don’t like the lack of minerals.Also used 2 stage filters.

Captain Bebops January 10, 2019 at 5:26 PM

I have a pitcher which comes with a meter to test water. Martinez water comes up over 200 in particulates. The pitcher is 5 stage and produces 0 particulates. Many of the water systems in this area are old. I drank bottled water for years but got tired of dealing with the bottles so got the pitcher. I also couldn’t stand the taste nor smell of chlorine in the city water.

I also come from a small town in Washington that had “alkali water” (hard water). Some of the hills even were covered with calcium deposits from the water and were called “alkali flats”. Looking at the price of alkaline water at grocery stores I should have gotten in the water bottling business there. In fact one town about 25 miles away from there was approached by Nestle’s who wanted to put a bottling plant there.

Dr. Jellyfinger January 10, 2019 at 5:38 PM

In my other house (wayyy outside of Claycord) my well water tasted like doody….
then I got Culligan’s super deluxe purifying system! My water is as pure as the bottled stuff & tastes great. It’s so soft & smooth, just amazing !

Justifiable Languor January 10, 2019 at 6:03 PM

We drink distilled water fortified with trace minerals. CCWD water is just awful. Sometimes you can smell the chlorine or swamp. Makes me think of the dead bodies in the delta.

I like to drink at least one glass of tap water if out of town.

We also fortify with a variety of salt from all over the world. red, black, grey, pink. It’s a cheap thrill.

Cowellian January 10, 2019 at 6:34 PM

We’ve got an under-sink filtration system for our drinking water faucet and the ice-maker. And we have another under-counter filtration system for the coffee maker.

Antler January 10, 2019 at 7:31 PM

We use Concord tap water for cooking (including making hot beverages), but I love the taste of SmartWater when “drinking my water straight”.
Costco has the best price on the large bottles.

Julio January 10, 2019 at 7:51 PM

Over 50 years never had a problem Antioch water. Lived in Pleasant Hill with EBMUD and never had a problem with them. Born in Oakland and never had a problem with their water.

WC Resident January 10, 2019 at 10:06 PM

Most of the year our Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) water is very good. There are times in the summer where it gets brackish and we switch to bottled water. EBMUD water is good all year.

ConcordMike January 11, 2019 at 7:39 AM

Tap water with added filtration plus refrigerator water dispenser filter. I remember in the 70’s people would laugh at the thought of charging for water.

Shasta Daisy January 11, 2019 at 8:41 AM

Tap only.


Silva January 11, 2019 at 9:04 AM

A friend gave me one of their bracelets for Christmas!💖😊💖

Shasta Daisy January 11, 2019 at 10:50 AM

@Silva, COOL!!!


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