Bottled, Tap or Filtered?

We all know the importance of hydration. Most people are aware of the 8x8 rule and try to stick to it – that is drinking 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water a day.  However, a lot are still confused – what’s the best water to drink – bottled, tap or filtered water? We break down the differences.

Bottled Water

From convenience stores, groceries, to restaurants, we can find bottled water everywhere we go. It’s also a pantry staple for many – it’s not uncommon to see shoppers hauling multi-packs of bottled water on to their carts.

Some are sourced from natural spring or underground water sources while others come from municipal water supplies – meaning tap water packaged in bottles.

In Canada and the USA, bottled water is regulated as a food. It therefore, has to comply with regulations from Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Of late, however, issues have been raised regarding the environmental impact of consuming bottled water, with single-use plastics being a major pollutant of the world’s marine ecosystem.

Tap Water

Drinking water quality in both Canada and the USA are generally good and safe to drink. A lot of people have no qualms about drinking water straight from the tap.

Tap water from municipal or community water supplies is rigorously and periodically tested. Both Health Canada and the United States Environmental Protection Agency have stringent guidelines that spell out the maximum levels of potentially harmful substances that are allowed in tap water.

And yet, reports on problems with drinking water crop from time to time.

Filtered Water

Filtered water is tap water that has gone through a filtration system at home to further remove particulates, residual chlorine and other contaminants that may still linger in tap water after it has left the municipal treatment plants.

There are several water filtration systems available in the market. The most popular is the carbon-based type that is very effective at improving the taste and odor of tap water.


So which is the best type?

For most people, it is a matter of personal preference.

While bottled water presents convenience, and safe tap water is available in most households in both Canada and the USA, having a water filter at home gives you more peace of mind.

Other than filtering out contaminants that may still be present in tap water, another advantage of having a water filter is having purified water on demand. You need not worry about running out of bottled water. And while you would have to spend up front on a filtration system, you are bound to save more money in the long run. And you help reduce plastic waste too.


Get the most out of your home filtered water by investing in a trusted water purifier system like IVO.

From the makers of the #1 water purifier brand in Japan, IVO uses medical-grade hollow fiber membrane, the same technology used in dialyzers, to effectively filter out microscopic impurities and microorganisms as little as 0.1 micron – this includes 99.99% of bacteria, as well as microplastics and even sub-microplastics!

IVO's advanced hollow fiber membrane technology, manufactured by Toray Industries, has passed NSF/ANSI/CAN 42 standards and is fully NSF-certified. Filters have been tested according to Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) S3201.


With IVO, you can rest assured that you have access to clean drinking water at home, whenever you need it! To learn more or order, visit our website at



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