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Old 01-18-08, 08:49 AM   #1
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Bottled water

I recently saw a piece on BBC that got me thinking.

They talked about how Rome, known for thousands of years for it's good water, water which to this day tested for purity regularly, is now full of people who insist on drinking only bottled water. This of course creates a lot of pollution, both from trucking the crap around, and having to make the one time use bottles.

I think that's as good a reason as any to avoid bottled water, and if anything get a brita filter on your tap, but for me personally, I've always just drank tap water. Detroit water is among the best anywhere, but even when I've traveled I don't see any point in wasting 1.25 on a cent or 2 worth of water.

What about you guys? Do you have a thing for bottled water? Do you avoid it at all times like I do? What's your take on bottled water?
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Old 01-18-08, 09:10 AM   #2
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(Says the guy who totes around a one gallon jug)

I try not to use bottled water simply because of the fact that it has no fluoride in it.
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Old 01-18-08, 09:15 AM   #3
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Yes, that one time we were out riding we got a gallon of water to fill up with. That was the rare exception, not the rule.
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I used to drink a lot of it until I came upon the same realization you make. It's RIDICULOUSLY expensive for WATER. Another point a friend made once. If we drink nothing but water with no impurities, how might that affect our immune system? Might it weaken our immune system over a long time if we give it nothing to fight?

The only time I buy bottled water now is if I'm out and about and just need some water to suck on (if there's no fountain around).
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My tap water is fine, too. But there are some places in Europe where it's still not safe to drink it (lead pipes). I drink bottled seltzer water in Vienna.

But look at whom is bottling that water sometime. That water is not regulated by any EPA code with regard to purity and acceptable contaminant levels as a municipal source would be. Rather, it's bottled under the same regulations as those the soft-drink bottlers are under, which only establishes levels of sanitation for food-handling, etc. If I'm wrong on this, no doubt someone will point it out....
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We go through about 2 cases of bottled water a month. We spend a majority of our time in the family room in the basement and there is a refrigerator in the adjacent laundry room which is stocked with bottled water among other libations. It is just convenient not to have to run up and down stairs for beverages. But other than that i don't think i would concern myself with it. We do it for convenience.
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By the way, Siu, fluoride is actually a very good reason to filter water. It never did much of anything to protect my teeth when I used the rinse, and it actually happens to be a neurotoxin. I really should get another brita filter for that very reason, but I haven't bothered in a long time.
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What is Evian spelled backwards?

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My "bottled" water is a 1L Nalgene which I fill up from the tap at my house or the filter machine at work.
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I never buy bottled water except for the rare occasion when I'm out and about and there's no other option. Even then, I hang on to the bottle and make sure it gets recycled. The ridiculous amount of pollution created by empty plastic bottles totally outweighs any benefits of convenience or anything else that can come from bottled water, IMHO. To be blunt, I think it's just damned irresponsible, particulary if you're not recycling the empties.
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If I'm out and about I'll buy a ottled water before a soda. But Iím trying to avoid both (i.e., filling a nalgene bottle at home and bringing it with me). After reading this article last weekend Iím going to try and cut out as much plastic as I can.

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I don't buy bottled water. I buy bottled milk. Well, they're in huge 1 gallon jugs which really are just really big bottles...

At work we get water delivered in 5 gallon jugs (i work in a hospital, and even i don't quite trust the tap water) but at home i use tap water when filling my cycling water bottles. My mom buys cases of bottled water though... I'll only grab one if i'm in a hurry or will need it later (which isn't very often).
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The tap water is fine around here. If I went with the filtered or spring water, I'd just use the glass cider jugs and fill them up at Garden Cove. No reason to keep buying plastic bottles that only get used once.
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- i always keep several cases of bottled water in the garage... we live in hurricane country, so bottled water is not just a luxury... i do cycle through the water as it approaches expiration (yes, there's an expiration date - dunno if it means much), but every bottle is recycled, so i don't feel bad...

- a case of 30 21-oz bottles usually goes on sale 'round these parts for $4.50...

- and i also keep several gallons of bleach in stock (if you live down here, you know what that's used for)...
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The tap water in my house used to taste completely awful to me (even when filtered it maintained a bad taste, though lesser), so I drank a lot of bottled water. Not the stuff that is just tap water poured into a bottle (Dasani, a lot of store brands), but the actual spring water stuff, which tastes great.

The (filtered) tap water has since lost its horrible taste, so I've gone back to just drinking that, and lots of it.
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Seems that most refridgerators these days offer in door water and ice. Mine does and it filters my water. If I am in a hurry, I drink tap water, but like x just stated, at times it has a bad taste. We do keep a flavored water (Fruit 2 O or somesuch) for the boys to drink instead of carbonated drinks.
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I drink filtered tap water at home. Most of the time it's just tap water for me, except when traveling in places like Italy, China, Thailand.
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I buy bottled water...but I re-use for quite a while before replacing.

then again my water is filtered right off the glacier...about as clean as you can get, so I like to drink it right from the tap.
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i drink bottled water in places where the locals drink bottled water (i.e. places like istanbul or bangkok).

the only other time i go out of my way to drink bottled water, is when i visit my family in CT. all the chlorine makes the tap water taste like pool water.

otherwise, i'm not bothered.

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I dont drink bottled water and even I have to buy something on a road trip, I buy gatorade..
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My wife and I drink Ozarka spring water. We have a water cooler and get 1-2 5-gallon bottles every month. We cook with it, and give it to the cats to drink, too. Dallas City water tastes nasty. I hate to even rinse my mouth with it when brushing my teeth.

We used to have a filter on the tap, but we got tired of keeping up with it, and prefer the taste of the bottled spring water.

At work we have Sparkletts filtered water. I prefer the Ozarka spring water to the Sparkletts.
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