Bottled Water vs. Tap Water

Discussion in 'Earth Science' started by sandy, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. sandy Banned Banned

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    I just read an article decrying the use of bottled water. They said it was bad for the environment. While I am all for being a good steward of the environment, I'm not so sure I'm willing to give up bottled water. Most tap water tastes terrible. Even filtered tap.

    So what then? What should we do? I love bottled water. And here in CA the big thing is putting slices of fruit in pitchers of it. Very refreshing. IL has some of the best bottled water I've ever had. And DC has the absolute worst tap water in the universe.

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    I know the plastic starts to break down in the bottled water after a few hours of being open. Have you ever smelled a bottle of opened water a day or two later. Ugh...And I'm aware of some bottled water being no better than tap.

    So is there a solution? Are there REALLY good filters for making your own tap water bottles/containers? I read the only thing you should use your tap water for is washing floors.

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    http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=49750&cl=3289922&ch=61492&src=news

    http://health.yahoo.com/experts/drmao/208/water-purity-for-your-security
     
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  5. bsemak Just this guy, you know Registered Senior Member

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    Our tap water is perfectly clean with no additives, so it is fit for drinking. and its practically free.
     
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  7. sandy Banned Banned

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    Tap water is good there? You've tested it?
    I ran a test of tap water in each place I have a home. It all failed miserably.

    I also tested bottled water. The "best" was the bottled gallons from Wal-Mart for $.66/gallon.

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    I like:
    Fiji water from Fiji
    Poland Spring from ME
    Absopure from MI
    Kona Nigari from Hawaii

    I wish they were in glass bottles though. I do not like plastic.
     
  8. bsemak Just this guy, you know Registered Senior Member

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    What we have is pure ground water. It is just as clean and good as any bottled water. But people are still buiyng bottled water!! The price difference is enourmous. 66 cents for a gallon of bottled water?

    That is extremenly cheap. Here yo pay around 1$ for two pints, and that is the cheap stuff!
     
  9. sandy Banned Banned

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    Have you tested the ground water? It's pure? That's awesome. (Some ground water is very badly polluted.) I would love pure ground water. Drinking tap water in DC is Russian roulette. Ugh...

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  10. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    I've been to DC and I've used tap water there.:shrug:
     
  11. bsemak Just this guy, you know Registered Senior Member

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    The water resides in in large layers if limestone, so the soil and the limestone filter it as it travels from the surface to the resiovars. I kid you not.

    Thats why many Danes get ill when they go abroad, they think they can just drink the tap water. Many places ot is polluted or so filled with chlorine (many places they use surface water which is filtered) that it tastes as a svimming pool.
     
  12. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    I have found drinking water in the US to be very highly chlorinated. Also if you heat it without filtration, it gets an oily film. Ruined many a cup of tea.
     
  13. sandy Banned Banned

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    It's full of pollutants and lead. I read somewhere back in '05 that 10% of kids voluntarily tested had way elevated levels of lead in their systems.

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    "The water in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. is very poor and is getting worse. Contaminants, bacteria, minerals and chemicals in tap water are masked with heavy doses of chlorine and tap water, in addition to being unhealthy, tastes and smells terrible."

    I kid you not.

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    http://www.buzzle.com/articles/what...orthern-virginia-and-washington-dc-water.html
     
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    uke: Sounds very nasty
     
  15. John99 Banned Banned

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    There are reservoirs and aquifers.

    I think filtered water deploys the same mehtods as the natural filtering process. The idea is that it goes through layers of soil and sand particles before being collected in the aquifers.

    The biggest problem is industrial pollutants, chlorine is safe and effective against microbes- http://www.waterandhealth.org/drinkingwater/groundwater.html

    Yo can also blame yourself when you go to the dry cleaners or use insecticides

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    um, so as you can see chlorine is not going to hurt you asa far as drinking water goes. Maybe Sam just needs to wash her cups better....
     
  16. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Hmm

     
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  18. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    I only drink tap water. Bottled water tastes funky to me.
    When we go to a restaurant, I request tap water there also.
     
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    Amen, man. IF Sandy finds that bottled water has any taste at all (s)he's missed something big in life

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    She needs to go to Europe they have some "tubular" wells left.
    The water has different taste in each well, because of different combinations of salts, which are totally lost during water purification.
     
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    30 billions of plastic water bottles are being thrown away each year. That's crazy. Lovers of purified water should have multiple use containers they could fill. Water is heavy, it takes lots of diesel to distribute water over thousands of miles.
     
  21. mikenostic Stop pretending you're smart! Registered Senior Member

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    Well from this statement, it seems that the quality isn't your concern. You just want to whine about how it tastes.
    Because...Britta and PUR filters do a damn good job of filtering tap water. I've used a Britta filter pitcher for over a year and the water is just fine.
    Yet something else that Sandy feels the need to whine about.

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    DC's tap water is even worse than the water from Mars? In the whole universe? You seem to get around.

    Yeah there is a solution: Britta or PUR. What part of that seems to elude you?

    One other solution being; buy one of those water dispensers and a couple of the five gallon reserviors(like you see at a lot of workplaces). You can go to certain grocery stores (Wild Oats is one of them) where you take your five gallon reservoir bucket and fill them up at a pure/filtered water dispenser at the store. They are usually about $.40 a gallon. It's cheaper than wally world's $.66 a gallon, plus you reuse the reserviors and don't waste any plastic.
     
  22. John99 Banned Banned

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    There are many places in U.S that use wells as well...

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    The water smells like rotten eggs.
     
  23. sandy Banned Banned

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    Why do you have to turn a perfectly good/interesting discussion into a personal attack? Why do you have to cr@p on my threads/posts?

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    Knock it off. It's getting old.

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