AlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1 Posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3330 times:
Do you buy bottled water?
Obviously it's just a personal preference, but do you have your own reasons for buying water versus drinking tap water?
Personally I don't buy bottled water for the sole reason of that I can't taste a difference between bottled water and what comes out of the tap... But I'm sure that's not the case everywhere in the world.
What really baffles me is when people prefer to pay $2.50 for a bottle of water when there's a free water fountain 10 feet away...
einsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3456 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3332 times:
I do. Our tap water is loaded with chlorine and gives it a bad taste. However, Brita pitchers and bottles have saved me a wallet of money by taking out the chlorine of tap water. But even if there's a fountain, I prefer the bottled water (as long as it's under $1.50). And with newer bottles coming in at 16oz rather than 20oz, the Brita bottles are helping me wean off even more,
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byronicle6 From Australia, joined Oct 2011, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3331 times:
If I'm in New Zealand or Australia up then no, I'll never buy bottled water. The tap water we get here is very good. But anywhere else, whether it be a developing country where it's not exactly safe to drink it or the US/Canada where I personally find the tap water really awful then I'll buy bottled.
francoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3897 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3331 times:
I need a very good reason to buy bottled. It's a waste of money and an environmental train wreck.
I regularly drunk tap water in developing countries as well.
When I lived in third world countries where tap water (when there was any) was a handy method of committing suicide, I bought large refillable 5 gallon bottles and refilled smaller plastic bottles to carry them around.
Tap water is a no brainer, as long as you are reasonably confident in the company providing it and the plumbing at the user end.
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Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2807 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3332 times:
When I lived in the SF Bay Area I drank bottled or ultra-filtered water all the time. I stayed in that habit during the first part of my move to Minnesota; when I checked the bottles' fine print I saw that the water was coming from wells in central Minnesota or western Wisconsin. Then I got the annual Water Quality Report in the mail one day from the City of St. Louis Park, and learned that our tap water comes from those exact same wells. Nice going.
I bought a lidless glass pitcher and fill it up in the kitchen sink each bedtime, then stick it in the fridge. Leaving water out and uncovered like that allows the chlorine to evaporate. I wake up each day to a pitcher of chlorine-less, cold delicious drinking water in my fridge.
falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6209 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3331 times:
I drink tap water and always have. I will occasionally drink a bottle of water of I am out and about, get thirsty, and don't want a caffeinated drink.
When I was a kid I don't remember anyone drinking bottled water unless they had a well that wasn't all that good. You would see water coolers with 5 gallon bottles, but the array of brands in small bottles was nonexistent.
A few years ago I was told that I should give my cat distilled water because it was better for him. He didn't like it, he would sniff it and walked away.
When I travel in Germany I always drink tap water (or water from the sink as my friends say). My friends think it is funny that I go to the sink and fill up a water glass. My friends really think it is odd when I put ice in the water. They have a ice cube tray and large coffee cup for when I come to visit.
My buddy, Alex, thinks it is funny that in the USA restaurants put glasses on ice water on the table. He says " Free water for free people".
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2703 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3330 times:
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I very rarely drink tap water. At home, I'd drink water that's been filtered (we have a water filter at home), but when I'm out, I always drink bottled water. So yes, I do buy a fair bit of bottled water, and I go through them quite quickly as I'm out more often than not. But at least I try to do the right thing by bringing the used bottles home and putting them in the recycling bin rather than the rubbish bin.
jetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2885 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3330 times:
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I do buy bottled water occasionally. I have other uses for the plastic bottles so they don't just get tossed right away. Although I bought a water bottle with a brita filter on it. I absolutely love it. I'm very picky about drinking tap water for some reason, so it is perfect!
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vikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10470 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3331 times:
Depends on where I am.
In Los Angeles, I buy bottled water. Though I now have a filter on my kitchen faucet, so I'll may stop that. As long as the water tastes reasonably decent, since that's why I buy bottled water in the first place (I'm not concerned about the quality...pretty sure it's fine).
In suburban Boston, I drink tap water all day every day. Tastes great.
Ken777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8521 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3330 times:
'll buy bottled water when traveling - primarily for a heating humidifier for my auto-pap. I have no desire to breathe the water from the tap. At home I'll use distilled water as it keeps the water chamber clean.
For drinking & cooking we have a double filter - a PUR filter on the tap and a Britta pitcher that is kept in the fridge.
Los Angeles probably has the worse tasting tap water in the US.
Quoting Airstud (Reply 5): my move to Minnesota; when I checked the bottles' fine print I saw that the water was coming from wells in central Minnesota or western Wisconsin. Then I got the annual Water Quality Report in the mail one day from the City of St. Louis Park, and learned that our tap water comes from those exact same wells. Nice going.
Much of the Mid-west has great tap water. When I lived in Chicago/northwest Indiana, almost no one bought bottled water because the tap water was fine.
San Francisco had decent tap water.
Here in Thailand, buying bottled water is a must.
I know a few cheapskates that buy filters and use the tap but I'm still suspicious of that. Bottled water here is almost free so it makes perfect sense to buy bottled water.
NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7971 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3331 times:
Quoting francoflier (Reply 4): I need a very good reason to buy bottled. It's a waste of money and an environmental train wreck.
I understand why people buy bottled water if their tap water is chlorinated or tastes bad for other reasons. But it is simply not necessary here. As a matter of fact, some water brands use nothing else but tap water.
lewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3691 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3331 times:
I rarely do, only when clean water is not available. I drink tap wherever I go, even in LA where I live, unless the local tap water is not for drinking. I do use water filters at home.
I think bottled water is the biggest scam ever created, Western countries have spent a lot of money and time to be able to provide drinking water to all and now everyone thinks that the tap water should not be consumed and that bottled water should always be the choice, even when most of the times it is filtered tap water and not mineral spring water. I get many weird looks when I drink tap water in the office or ask for tap water at restaurants, as if we are living in a sub-Saharan country!
When I lived in Warrensburg, Missouri the water tasted gross, but I got used to it. I used a filter at first, but that got too expensive for my budget at the time (beer and pizza were way more important). I got used to the nasty tap water in no time; it tasted bad, but nobody ever got sick off of it.
Quoting lewis (Reply 17): I think bottled water is the biggest scam ever created
I agree. Nobody used to drink it and we all got along just fine.
Quoting Airstud (Reply 5): I wake up each day to a pitcher of chlorine-less, cold delicious drinking water in my fridge.
Actually I'm not a big fan of chilled water. I've been told it's better to drink something closer to your body temperature, and over time I've come to agree with that. So, for me room temperature is the default choice, with chilled being only used when I'm in the mood for it. Having said that, I must say having a fridge with filtered water and ice on the door rocks. I've only had one the last two years, but now don't ever see myself wanting to go back.
Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 13124 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3333 times:
Quoting falstaff (Reply 18): The Aquafina sold in Detroit is nothing but Detroit tap water run through a filter, (or so I was told by a employee of the Pepsi Bottling plant), you could do the same thing at home if you wanted.
Indeed. There was a time when bottled water did come from some place special, but then Pepsi (Aquafina) and Coke (Dasani) realized with enough marketing and by undercutting the competition you can make a huge profit selling filtered tap water, and threw around their marketing muscle to the point where that's all you find in many stores.
curtisman From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 49
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3330 times:
I'm a bottled water drinker for the most part. I have no problem with the plastic because it is recyclable and my city has a huge recycling program and they make quite a fair chunk of money from it.
The reason I want distilled or purified or demineralized or whatever water - is because the tap water in my city is sooooo hard. I kind of chuckled at someone's comment above who said water in Canada is not good - well every city in Canada has different water and it tastes different in each place. Anyway... I once got a massive kidney stone due to the high mineral content in our tap water. I never want to go through that again... so bottled water it is for moi.