Cooking: Tap Water Versus Filtered Water?

by wfnblog on January 7, 2010


water filter boilThe debate over tap water and filtered water has already entered several domains across the world. One more domain to add to this list of debate is whether or not filtered water is better for cooking than tap water.

We are all familiar with the typical debate between tap water and filtered water. Depending on where you live, the water that comes out of your tap may contain unhealthy amounts of chemicals and other pollutants. Thus, again, depending on where you live, you may want to invest in a water filter—or some other water filtration system—to ensure added protection for your drinking water.

But how about cooking? Do we need to use filtered water when cooking, especially when many dishes—like pasta—contain a large amount of water?

Some might argue that since you are boiling the water, then any contaminants tap water may contain will be burned away. But that’s not always the case, particularly if the water isn’t heated to a temperature where all the bacteria are destroyed.

The answer seems to be…it depends. It depends on where you live and how clean and comfortable you are with your tap water. If your city/state/region does a good job filtering your tap water and you feel safe, then you might not consider filtered water a necessity in cooking.

However, if you are unsure of the purity of your drinking water or sure of its impurities, then you will definitely want to consider utilizing a water filter.

A little investigation into your community’s tap water will go a long way in determining how vigilant you need to be.

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Azure February 10, 2010 at 7:20 am

That's right it depends where you live.

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