You are a parent. So naturally you know what’s best for your kid(s), don’t you? Of course you do, at least in 99% of the cases. But if, as a parent, we are honest to ourselves, there is no way around raising a kid and not make any mistake. That’s just not how it works.
Let me give you a quick example: If you are overly strict with your kids, they might feel a stronger need to seek freedom and do whatever they want as they grow older. Or you give your kids too much freedom and they develop a habit of not obeying rules.
All you can really do, when raising your kids, is to try as hard as you can to do everything right and act to the best of your knowledge, and this is what this blog post is all about. I am going to provide you with some knowledge about what kind of drinking water is best suited to serve to your kids, because, believe it or not, there are things hidden in our water you wouldn’t have imagined…
If you think that living in the US means you have guaranteed access to clean public drinking water, you are wrong. The water coming out of your kitchen tap could contain pesticides, commercial chemicals, disinfection byproducts, lead, arsenic, chromium, and the list goes on and on and on.
In fact, there is an almost 25 percent chance that the tap water running through your house is either unsafe for consumption or hasn’t been properly monitored for impurities according to the federal law (New York Times).
As you can see, if you rely on the government in terms of public water quality and you serve it to your kids, you are making a big mistake. And now that you know better, you can either stick to high-quality bottled water – more on that soon – or you treat your tap water yourself, before drinking it. Seriously, it’s not that hard to do.
There are lots of great residential water treatment systems available. You have the choice between different technologies, such as distillation or reverse osmosis, and you don’t have to be an expert to set everything up yourself.
Average Bottled Water
If I had to choose between untreated tap water or bottled water of average quality, I would choose tap water, just because it’s so much cheaper. What you have to know is that, in terms of quality, most bottled water is just as bad as unfiltered tap water, or it’s even worse, because it’s even less regulated and inspections are seldom.
To top it off, some brands even fill plain tap water into a bottle, without treating it in any way, and disguise and market it as high-quality spring water to make a profit. That is truly unbelievable. Don’t make the mistake an fall for that! This is not only about avoiding to spend money needlessly, this is about the health of you and your family.
Bottled Spring Water
Bottled spring water is what I chose to serve to my family and I would recommend you to do the same, if you have the budget; high-quality and monitored spring water that comes in a glass bottle to be precise.
Why does spring water have to be monitored? Because all the contaminants listed above and more are already in our groundwater and just because water comes out of a spring doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s clean. Of course, glass bottles always have the upper hand over plastic bottles, because they don’t add BPA or any other substance into the water they contain.
Is this the most expensive solution of all 3? You bet! But in my opinion, it’s the best solution available followed by treated tap water.
Avoid A Mistake If Possible
We’ve talked about making mistakes as a mom or as a parent and that, when you raise kids, you cannot avoid them all. Some mistakes you are simply going to make and there is no way around that. But serving your kids with untreated tap or low-quality bottled water is something that can be easily avoided, and you should avoid it from now on.
If you have the budget, I recommend you to opt for high-quality spring water. If it’s too expensive for you, there is no shame in admitting that. In this case, install a water filter system in your home. There are many products available for under $200.