MYTH: My water is crystal clear which means I have high quality water. Most contaminants that can harm you (E.Coli, cryptosporidium) cannot be seen by the human eye. So you could have a glass of clear water that is full of bacteria, compared to a glass of rust-colored or sediment-filled water that is absent of any harmful elements.
FACT: Not all violations indicate poor water quality. In addition, not all contaminants we sample for you are bad for your health and have aesthetic value only. Most contaminants that can harm you are those that you cannot taste, smell or see. Treatment for such contaminants is usually not necessary.
FACT: Some chemicals we test for do not have determined limits. Such contaminants are those for which the EPA has not created limits because further research is needed to determine levels at which negative health effects (if any) are experienced. Radon is one example. You may see a high value listed on your Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) also known as the Water Quality Report. While this number may seem extremely high, there is no state-governed limit to compare it against and so the risk towards the consumer’s health is currently difficult to determine.
MYTH: Regulations concerning bottled water are higher than that of tap water, making bottled water more safe for me to drink. While it is true that water quality standards are different between tap & bottled water, it does not make bottled water better for consumption. Bottled water is viewed as a food and therefore is regulated as a packaged food product by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The NHDES regulates the sources from which bottled water companies obtain their product, which are roughly the same standards that regulate sources of community water systems. For community water systems, the NHDES & EPA enforce testing procedures, chemical monitoring & public notification so customers always know what’s in their drinking water. Bottled water companies are NOT under these same restrictions.
Click to download a PDF version of the EPA’s publication "Water on Tap: what you need to know"
You may also visit the International Bottled Water Association site.
MYTH: Bottled water is cheaper than tap water. Your average bottle of water is around $1 for about 8-12 ounces, at the very least. Lakes Region Water Company Inc. charges $5.26 per 748 gallons. Since there are 128 ounces in 1 gallon, the amount of money you would need to pay a store for 1 gallon of bottled water (based on a $1 per 12 oz. cost) is just under $11. This means that for 748 gallons of bottled water, you would pay around $8,228 compared to the cost of $5.26 for the same amount of water you could obtain directly from your water tap!