Gothamist says that there’s a company (in NYC) selling purified New York City tap water in bottles. We can vouch for the goodness of NYC tap water, but really, all you need is a cup, or as Consumerist readers recommend to me, a stainless steel canteen. [Gothamist] (Thanks, Avi!)


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  1. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    Don’t grocery stores do this? Generic bottled water = purified tap water. I’m pretty sure they even say so on the bottle.

  2. BeeBoo says:

    Well, yes and no. It depends on the source and the pipes in your building, too.

    While most NYC tap water comes from reservoirs upstate, some water in Queens, for instance, comes from wells and some have been closed due to contamination.

    My building flushes the gunk out of the pipes every couple of months, others never do. I have a friend who even brushes his teeth with bottled water because his water is so icky.

    I drink the tap water straight without filtering or purification and believe it to be the best tap water I have ever had any where, any time but that just isn’t true for all the water in NYC when it actually comes out of the faucet.

  3. tange1 says:

    I feel like a tool – I just realized my favorite bottled water (Nestle Pure Life) is treated Allentown, PA City water – I work in Allentown and live 20 minutes outside of Allentown. :-)

  4. Triborough says:

    At least this company is being honest and upfront about the source of the water – a damn good source too!
    Most companies, like Coke, Pepsi, Nestlé, etc. have it in the small print.

  5. Confuzius says:

    I’ve often thought about how to start a business bottling my town’s tap water. It’s the best water I have ever tasted in my entire life, spring, purified, ozonated or otherwise hands down it is delicious.
    I would even brand it as such “Pointe-Claire Tap Water” with a down home old school snapplesque add campaign boasting that it’s the best tap water on earth.

    I mean if coke and pepsi can make millions selling Aquafina and Dassani tap water why can’t I?!

  6. dj_skilz says:

    I thought this was nothing extraordinary.

    Aquafina uses NYC Municipal water as a source, IIRC


    • Confuzius says:

      It’s regional, here in Quebec our Aquafina comes from Brampton, Ontario. I’m sure in the South West it comes from somewhere else and the North East somewhere else too.

  7. erratapage says:

    I used to drink bottled water, until I realized that it was likely that my filtered well water was probably far better than even Aquafina (my water of choice).

  8. timmus says:

    Can I mail-order some? I bet it’s good for making NYC style pizzas. :)

  9. timmus says:

    eh, never mind if it’s purified

  10. noktulo says:

    What is remarkable about this is that a company is actually being honest and putting the source of the water prominently on the front of the bottle instead of pretending it comes from some mountain stream or artesian spring.

    If you are going to buy bottled water, it makes sense to buy Tap’d NY because, as it states on the bottle, it has a smaller carbon footprint because it isn’t shipped very far. Also, New York tap water is some of the cleanest water in the world.

    Of course it’s better to drink from the tap rather than buying bottled water, but I think this is a good way to wean people off of the bottle.

  11. Preyfar says:

    I used to live about 10 minutes from that Nestle plant.

    And yeah, most bottled water is just run through a reverse osmosis system and filtered. It generally doesn’t matter if it’s spring water or tap water, it’s the purification process that the water goes through in the end (natural or man made).

    • JustThatGuy3 says:


      Basically, the bottled water is just the water that’s been purified for use in soda bottling, but diverted before it gets to the soda process.

      • oneandone says:

        @JustThatGuy3: Sometimes companies (coke & pepsi, especially) add their own special mix of minerals & salts to it. I can’t tell the difference, but there might be some people who can. And without adding anything to it, the filtered & RO’d water would taste like distilled water, which is gross (imo).

        NYC water actually isn’t filtered, for historic & financial reasons. Crazy expensive retrofitting filtration onto a system their size. But they’re operating under a waiver from EPA, and waivers can expire. So the water might change…. or maybe filtering won’t do anything to the taste.

  12. ShortBus says:

    As long as it’s purified, what difference does it make? I can’t imagine that purified mountain spring water tastes a whole lot different than purified municipal water.

    Sign me up to drink raw sewage–so long as it’s been purified. You could even market it to people as a form of green, recycled product.

  13. Cattivella says:

    NYC water IS the best. When I was recently out there I was shocked at how good the tap water tasted. Here is SoCal tap water tastes like dirt (not just gross, it tastes like actual dirt).

  14. nycaviation says:

    The point here is they are minimizing the nasty environmental effects of bottled water that have nothing to do with the water itself. By selling water in NYC that was bottled in NYC, they’re not burning a lot of fuel to ship it, compared to, say, Poland Spring, which takes a 10+ hours of diesel to get here. It’s also in a glass bottle which they tell you to refill when you get home, thereby minimizing waste. Will people buy enough to make it work? I don’t know. I would consider buying it if it were a little more expensive than Poland Spring, but not if it were like $1 more.

  15. TechnoDestructo says:

    Heh. People fall for images of mountains and springs and forest and wilderness and shit, but it isn’t always so “pure.” I grew up in interior AK, where the water comes in three flavors: iron, sulfur, and arsenic. The latter is from up in the hills, and is natural.

    Municipal sources ARE generally better. The only reason to buy bottled water is if you need the bottle. (And even in that case, I prefer to get Snapple because of its more durable bottles)

    Oh, and I don’t recall NYC water being noticeably better than most other cities I’ve been to, but it beat the hell out of any water I ever drank (including fresh direct from an actual gushing mountain spring…and probably chock full of lead or arsenic) in AK.

  16. papahoth says:

    And most likely the reason that there is nothing better than a bagel from New York City since the water in bagel making is everything.

  17. raytube says:

    Nestle’ water here in Denver is Denver City Water. I hate paying $3 for a case of plastic bottles…

  18. QrazyQat says:

    I can’t imagine that purified mountain spring water tastes a whole lot different than purified municipal water.

    It can. We use a filter on the tap here at home (and we have pretty good municipal water here even before it’s filtered). We got my mom the same regular old filter and her water tastes fine now too (and it’s from a much poorer tasting source. But while on an RV trip a couple years back we happened to be going by a spring near Calistoga, which as it happens is a public spring just outside the gates to the tap where Calistoga water taps the same spring. This water was fantastic. It really was. Better than any spring water I’ve ever had and better than water I’ve gotten from streams high in the mountains; I wish we could get it all the time. I don’t think hanging around in a plastic bottle does it any good, though, although our plastic jugs of water from that spring were still great as long as we had them. Sadly, that was only a week since we didn’t have as many jugs as we wished we had after tasting it. Of course, we wanted about a hundred or so. :)

  19. oneandone says:

    Also, in Philadelphia, the Water Department gives out bottles of “Philly Tap,” which is RO’d municipal water. It’s for outdoor events (parades, marathons, etc) where there isn’t enough public water to drink and for first responders in emergencies. It’s also a fun PR item – though I wish it wasn’t in the plastic bottles.