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Tap Water Beats Bottled for Cleanliness

Normal Finnish tap water has far fewer bacteria than bottled water, reports the newspaper Aamulehti.

The paper compared tap water from Tampere with a major foreign brand and the water from Finland's largest bottling company, and found that the bottled brands had hundreds of times more bacteria than tap water.

None of the water was harmful in any way to the health, but nonetheless the tap water was the only one that met hygiene standards for household water supplies.

In Finland, water quality is inspected at the bottling stage, but there are no limits on how long they can sit on shop shelves. Long shelf lives and exposure to heat can adversely affect quality.

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