Water is safe to drink, says Dr. Dhananjay Jain, a doctor and former president of the American Society for Microbiology.
But drinking contaminated drinking water is dangerous, and it can be harmful if not properly handled, he said.
Water is not the same as pure water, so it’s a good idea to have a second drink when the first one ran out.
If you do not, you may be drinking contaminated tap water that has not been tested, he added.
Water and other waste are considered safe if it’s not used in a chemical process, like manufacturing, to make something else, such as chemicals for food or cosmetics, he told Reuters Health.
If your water was not tested before consumption, Jain added, it’s safe to use it for whatever you need.
Jain is an emergency room doctor in South Florida.
He said drinking tap water is the safest option.
Jains advice to all Americans is to not drink water if they don’t have to.
“I do think the most important thing is to keep drinking, because there is a chance of getting sick,” Jains said.
Jaina Henson, who lives in North Carolina, said she drinks tap water when she’s in the middle of a storm.
When she’s home, she only uses bottled water when it’s at least 70 degrees and her husband and son are outside.
Henson said she doesn’t drink the tap water for a variety of reasons.
“It’s not that it’s bad, but it’s so expensive to buy bottled water, and I think it’s probably too expensive to drink it.
It’s just too expensive,” she said.
But Henson does drink bottled water regularly.
The water is purified, purified by hand, and filtered.
She said she never has to worry about bacteria in her water.
Henson said she only drinks tap drinking water if it comes from an approved water source.
Drinking bottled water does not contain any chemicals, and she’s not worried about it.
“For me, I don’t care if it is or isn’t safe to me, because I know how safe it is to drink water,” she told ReutersHealth.
Hensen said she believes tap water has a longer shelf life than bottled water.
Bottled water is usually stored in plastic, which can be more prone to bacteria growth, she said, and drinking tap drinking is not that different from bottled water since it’s filtered.
But for the average consumer, drinking tap is probably safe.
“As far as I know, it doesn’t really come into any more concern when you’re drinking tap, because it’s bottled water,” Henson added.