Bottled Water vs. Tap Water

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

  1. sandy Banned Banned

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    I had the water tested for impurities, chlorine, minerals, etc...

    We did the blind taste tests. Penta won EVERY test EVERY time. I don't care if it's $2 for a small bottle. I like it.

    The air around my place on the ocean in Malibu smells great. The air around my other places is fine too. I try not to spend too much time in the DC area. I'm not worried about the air. I'm too busy.

    I'm staying with the Penta water. You guys can drink whatever you want. I don't drink much of anything else. Maybe a little pure cranberry or fruit juice. But nothing else.

    My health is perfect so I'm not worried about anything....

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  3. pjdude1219 screw watergate i want to know about zaragate Valued Senior Member

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    if you keep drinking bottled water it will hurt your immune system because you won't have been exposed to as much stuff
     
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  5. Nickelodeon Banned Banned

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    Bottled water is a rip off.
     
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  7. Myles Registered Senior Member

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    This is not a personal attack. It's a point of view.

     
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  8. Grantywanty Registered Senior Member

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    I wondered if you really were Danish until I got to svimming pool. Is this true for Skåne also?
     
  9. Grantywanty Registered Senior Member

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    I don't buy this theory. And exposure to microorganisms through drinking water just ain't a great idea. besides our immune systems are exposed all over the place.
     
  10. milkweed Valued Senior Member

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    I cant answer for why other people purchase the R/O water, but for my water, most of it goes into my fishtank as I stated in post 61 and 62. And for the cooking, since using R/O water in my coffeemaker I have not had clogged tubes from sediment build up (which vinegar solutions delay but do not prevent). The water is so high in mineral, you can taste it in cooked noodles, in soups, rice, and other foods. I personally dont like the hint of yellow clay taste in my foods.

    Its not rotted pipes its sediments in the water.

    And if you ever find yourself in Custer, S. Dakota have a drink of their potable water. I tried it and went to the store to buy bottled water. The grocery store had the refillables, but it wasnt R/0 so it would taste just as bad as the water in the park. You could smell it 5 feet from the machine.

    Hope this helps relieve your own ignorance.
     
  11. Myles Registered Senior Member

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    So now we know the truth about Custer. If only he had kept away from that river !

    By the way, how much water do your fish drink ?
     
  12. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    They drink until their loaded to the gills.

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  13. Myles Registered Senior Member

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    So they drown. Shame on you !
     
  14. madanthonywayne Morning in America Staff Member

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    The most important quality in a drink to me is that it's cold. I like bottled water because I can grab one out of the 'fridge and it's ice cold and ready to drink. The same goes for beer. I like it ice cold and in a bottle. Cold and in a bottle is way more important than what brand of beer it is.
     
  15. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    No, they do however bump into things allot!

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  16. Myles Registered Senior Member

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    Buy some blind cave fish. They know how to avoid obstacles.
     
  17. Myles Registered Senior Member

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    When you have lived on this planet as long as I have you will know that only lager beer is best drunk cold. Others are best with the chill removed.
     
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  18. Myles Registered Senior Member

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    Are you in favour of vaccination ?
     
  19. Neildo Gone Registered Senior Member

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    Yep, Penta is my favorite bottled water as well, I mentioned in some older water thread too. Oddly enough, we sorta live near one another, maybe we're the only ones able to taste the difference in waters.

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  20. Myles Registered Senior Member

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    There are two issues in this thread and I suggest you may be confusing them. I am referring to taste and quality. Taste is largely subjective as has previously been pointed out. The number and variety of taste buds on the tongue can vary enormously between individuals and this influences how substances taste to us. It follows that, in expressing a preference for one brand of water over another we are doing no more than expressing a personal preference based on our idividual sense of taste and the role played by a number of psychological factors which affect our judgement. Nothing to argue about there.

    The question of water quality has been dealt with as if quality and taste can somehow be equated. This is simply not so unless we are dealing with an extreme case in which the water is quite clearly badly polluted.

    All of the European spas, and there were many more in the past than there are today , pride themselves on the quality of their water. And each spa had a loyal clientele. Other considerations apart, commercial interests are at work to influence choice. The putative health-promoting qualities of the water are attributed to their mineral content which varies from spa to spa.

    So, there is no "best" water. Further, as any psychologist will confirm, the more we pay for something, the more we tend to value it. Doing otherwise would mean having to admit to ourselves that we have been taken in.We also tend to equate price with quality. Think, for example of the outrageous price of cosmetics .

    As a final thought, if a tour of the spas in England, Germany,France, Austria and what was formerly known as Bohemia is of no interest to you , may I suggest a trip to the Greek Islands . The locals never tire of extolling the virtues of their water, each island naturally claiming to have the best.
     
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  21. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    A few years ago, we all had a laugh in Seattle when it came out that our tap water was certified to be bottled and sold. It seemed kind of ridiculous.

    At the end of September, though, I found myself in Irvine, California. You know that smell after you blow out a match? That is what the water tasted like. It was strong enough to wipe out the flavor of the toothpaste.

    Dasani won a recent taste test of bottled water (I'll have to dig for the source), but what I remember most was the note that the stuff is engineered so that every bottle tastes the same. Interesting, that. The stuff does have a unique taste, but I've never had problems with ... well, there are a bazillion brands around here.

    To me, the biggest environmental threat is the fact that it comes in plastic bottles. One of the things conservatives and many liberals alike ignored while arguing about Michael Moore is the time he decided to "follow" his plastic bottle. Essentially, it struck him that, even though he recycled, he had no idea what happened to any of this stuff. Long story short, after calling around and doing some investigating, it turned out that the particular "recycling" system he put that bottle into ended up with the bottle sitting in a landfill in India, ironically only a couple towns away from an environmentally-dubious facility that made single-use plastic bottles for beverages sold in the United States.

    I can't recall which book it was in. (Anyone? Anyone?)
     
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  23. kaneda Actual Cynic Registered Senior Member

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    I always drank tap water when I lived in the UK but not now I live in France. I have tried it a few times and get mild diarrhoea (though the French water companies assure us of it's purity). Of course I can become immune to whatever is in there as other English people have but do I really want to continue taking whatever it is, inside me? Bottled water costs 1 euro 2 centimes for six 2L bottles here so not exactly expensive and it tastes OK. Days later after opened, it still tastes OK.

    In Thailand where I will be in four weeks time, I always drink bottled water, even when people tell me it is OK to drink other water. But water is variable, even from the same maker. Some bottles has more chlorine in than others. When they get it just right, it is just like drinking liquid cold (which is great in the heat there).
     

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