Europeans are proud of their water. They love to brag about how much better it is everyone else. Conversely, it is commonplace for Americans to condemn their drinking water. So, how much better is the water in Europe? Quick answer; it isn’t. In fact, the water Americans drink is far superior to the water in Europe. Don’t believe it? Okay, let’s take Europeans down a notch.
The first indication of superior water in the US is illuminated by the fact that Europe is known for a voluminous amount of bottled water brands. S. Pelligrino, Perrier, Volvic, Evian, Gerolsteiner are a few of the many brands sloshed down by Europeans. If the tap water is so good, why do so many Europeans rely on bottled water? Per capita, Europeans consume more than Americans.
Secondly, The EPA Safe Water Standards are more stringent than the EU Drinking Water Standards. The US regulations cover many contaminants not addressed in the EU Standards. With contaminants that include lead, nickel, arsenic, and Ammonia the US limit is – 0 -, while the EU allows these contaminants. The links below allow you to compare for yourself.
I think it is funny that France, home of the most pompous nations to brag about their fantastic water, is considered the worst water in Europe.
I have written voluminously about America’s need to update its water infrastructure, improve the manners in which we use, conserve, and recycle water. These things are all true. However, this has never been meant to insinuate that America has bad water. To the contrary, our water is the finest in the world. Our standards and regulations are the most stringent, our testing is unexcelled, and the transparency of our water treaters is, in general impeccable. I am here to tell you that an American in Europe faces far more threats from drinking water than does a European in America. Make no mistake, the water in America is the safest and most stable among all nations.