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What Kind of Water Do You Drink?

Published June 30, 2022

Tap, filtered, bottled, flavored, with or without bubbles — we talk about what we’re drinking and why

To help beat the summer heat, more of us are toting around water (well, except for Mark, who, as Kate says in the audio, she’s never seen carrying around a flask or bottle of water away from home). And whether that means we’re filtering tap water and filling up flasks, buying bottled water, or cracking open our favorite flavored seltzers, we’re doing just about all of it.

Bottled water has become more popular since the beginning of the pandemic, with accelerated growth in the first half of 2020 in part due to stockpiling, according to Gary Hemphill, managing director of research for New York-based Beverage Marketing Corporation. “Both still and sparkling waters are growing, but sparkling has seen greater growth in recent years due to consumers migrating from carbonated soft drinks and some very high-profile product launches,” Hemphill told Beverage Industry last year.