What do you prefer: drink tap water or bottled water? Well, many may think bottled water is better to avoid illness. However, in Medellín is safe to drink the water out of the tap.

In Colombia, Decree 1575 of May 9 of 2007 of the Ministry of Social Protection establishes the System for the Protection and Control of Water Quality for Human Consumption. Through this decree the aqueducts of the main cities of the country are in the capacity to guarantee drinking water for Colombians. It should be safe to drink the water out of the tap for all people in all regions.

According to the experts, in the main cities of the country, such as Cali, Medellín or Bogotá, their aqueduct systems guarantee high quality water for consumption; however, there are regions in which there is no aqueduct, or the one that works does not provide the necessary conditions that guarantee the consumption of the liquid in a safe manner.

According to José Saulo Usma, Coordinator of the Fresh Water Program from WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature), of the World Wide Fund for Nature in Colombia; the business of water grows largely due to the ignorance of citizens; they do not demand the potable water that aqueducts should guarantee, and believe that bottled water is purer and healthier for its consumption.

 

What does the statistics say about clean water in Colombia?

According to data presented by the RADDAR Consumer Knowledge Group dedicated to the measurement of household consumption, in Colombia, the water market is growing at a rate of 11% per year and accounts for more than $ 240 billion pesos per year.

However, the impact on the environment is like many others in the industrial sector. In the production of a water bottle, mainly in the production of containers, a large amount of energy and oil is consumed, represented in the filtering and purification processes, distribution, transportation, refrigeration systems, dispensers, and even in advertising.

To avoid this awful costs the government of Colombia is applying changes to the systems so every Colombian can have the freedom to safely drink the water out of the tap.

Thus, it would be worthwhile to look at the advances and reflections that are happening in the world regarding water consumption. Europe, the United States, and Japan, work on reducing the consumption of bottled water, due to the high impact that is generated in the environment. Recently it was known the measure taken in Concord, Massachusetts, in the United States, where it is forbidden to sell or buy bottled water.

After reading this, what do you think – is it safe to drink the water out of the tap when the government applies correct processes to water and aqueduct systems or is it better to drink bottled water? Let us know in the comments!