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Do You Buy Bottled Water?  
User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3246 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...

Your reasons?

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User currently offlinetrav110 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3248 times:

Occasionally, yes. The water where I live is very hard, and it goes through a softener which gives it a really strange taste. Not refreshing at all.

User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3312 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3248 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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User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3247 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.


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User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3814 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3247 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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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2732 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3248 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.  



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User currently offlinevarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

Poland Springs at home. That's the way to go. And I do not drink out of public water fountains though.

User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6159 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3247 times:
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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".



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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2679 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3246 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.


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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2821 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3246 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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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10254 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3247 times:
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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.



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User currently onlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8433 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3246 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.


User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1658 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3246 times:

We have well water so yes we buy bottled watter for drinking and cooking.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40033 posts, RR: 74
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 10):
Depends on where I am.

In Los Angeles, I buy bottled water.



Same here.
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.



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6159 posts, RR: 29
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3247 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 13):
Los Angeles probably has the worse tasting tap water in the US.

No Way! Warrensburg, Missouri has the worst water. I've had LA water and it is perfect compared to Warrensburg's water.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 13):
When I lived in Chicago/northwest Indiana, almost no one bought bottled water because the tap water was fine.

Detroit has great water too.



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7965 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3247 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.



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7965 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 13):
Bottled water here is almost free so it makes perfect sense to buy bottled water.

Out of curiosity: Could you please go into detail? Do you buy "Pure Life", and how much is it?



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User currently offlinelewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3672 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3247 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!


User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6159 posts, RR: 29
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3247 times:
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Quoting NoUFO (Reply 15):
As a matter of fact, some water brands use nothing else but tap water

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.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 15):
or tastes bad

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.



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12856 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 2):
Brita pitchers and bottles have saved me a wallet of money by taking out the chlorine of tap water.

I'm a big fan of Brita. I have these bad boys - Brita Ultramax both at home and in the office.

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.



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User currently onlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 4055 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3250 times:

Usually not, but whenever I'm in New York City I do. For some reason the tap water there taste like a swimmingpool .... ( chlorine )

User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12856 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3249 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.



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User currently offlineflyerboy1990 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

I do, only out of convenience. It's pretty wasteful because of the plastic used, even though many have gone to the bottles where there's like 30% less plastic.

I do like tap water, but I find bottles to be easier on the go.



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User currently offlinecurtisman From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3246 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.



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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7972 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3246 times:

I think overall it's pretty silly, though it is good if you are travelling. In that case I usually use a canteen or camelbak. Never got the whole bottled water thing in general, but it has it's uses.

Free market aside, I think the price of bottled water is absurd, but that's capitalism



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12856 posts, RR: 25
Reply 25, posted (2 years 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3321 times:

Quoting curtisman (Reply 23):
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.

One thing I read in the Wiki page for Dasani:

Quote:

In 2010, in a bid to counteract falling sales and bans on bottled water, The Coca-Cola Company announced they would be distributing Dasani water in new packaging made of 30% plant based materials. Unlike other plant-based packaging, the bottles are compatible with standard recycling plants and represent up to a 25% reduction in carbon emissions when compared to standard water bottles (though this still represents 2000 times the energy usage of tap water).

So, while recycling is a win, using bottled water still uses 2000 times the energy used via tap water.

Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasani

It's one reason I'm a fan of Brita filters.

And no, I don't want to pass a kidney stone either.



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User currently offlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5582 posts, RR: 28
Reply 26, posted (2 years 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3312 times:

I'll use bottled on occasion for convenience, but usually prefer tap water. We are fortunate here in Dallas to have pretty good water.

For the Aussie above who said he would not drink tap in the USA, man, you gotta know it varies by region. Plenty of places I would not drink it, but many, it's good.



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User currently onlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3401 posts, RR: 9
Reply 27, posted (2 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3341 times:

I buy it in places that I know do not have the same water standards I'm used to and watch what the locals do as well. IIRC no one in Florida really drinks tap water so I won't.

It depends where I am if I'm in a less developed country and locals do drink it I probably won't because it will take some getting used to from my body. The water isn't necessarily bad but I'm not used to it, the same applies to well water. It isn't necessarily bad (in fact in can be better) but you just aren't used to it.

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
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.

For the most part it is tap water that may have been de-chlorinated by running it through activated carbon industrially. Also the plastic used leeches in to the water if it sits for a long time.



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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2529 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (2 years 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3341 times:

Quoting Airstud (Reply 5):
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

We do this too   We have some friends who are mega health freaks, organic everything, fat free etc etc. They actually commented how great our water is and wanted to know the brand so they could buy it. Ummm, Richmond tap water......

Here in Vancouver, its pretty good. Well, compared to London where I used to live anyway, run a bath and it smelled like a swimming pool with all the chlorine.

Quoting francoflier (Reply 4):
third world countries where tap water (when there was any) was a handy method of committing suicide

When I travelled to Africa, I avoided even bottled water as you could not be sure of the source. Also ice cubes in drinks and salads which may have been washed in dodgy water. The travel clinic actually recommended drinking alcohol - worked for me, no stomach bugs!    I did boil the kettle to get water to brush my teeth.



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User currently offlinegreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3085 posts, RR: 20
Reply 29, posted (2 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3337 times:

I have a friend who is a dentist and she is seeing a resurgence in cavities in kids. I thinks that this is due to them drinking bottle water and therefore not getting any fluoride.

And yes I know I may have opened a can of worms by saying fluoride.


I drink no bottle water unless I am out.

I heard this one time and do not know if it is true.

Bottle water is a product and therefore does not have to meet the same safety testing that public water does. I am not saying one is safer just that one is tested more.


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User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 30, posted (2 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3338 times:

I think if you did a blind test of tap water and various bottled waters you would notice a big difference. Different waters have different tastes.

You can't make a nice cup of tea using London tap water. You have to send it through a water filter first.

I currently have 3 different bottled waters in my fridge. One from France (my fav), one from Italy and one from Scotland.


User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6159 posts, RR: 29
Reply 31, posted (2 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3339 times:
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Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 27):
I buy it in places that I know do not have the same water standards I'm used to and watch what the locals do as well. IIRC no one in Florida really drinks tap water so I won't.

I have traveled all over the United States and I have never not drank tap water. I usually drink 6-8 glasses of tap water a day and never had any trouble from it.

Quoting sccutler (Reply 26):
For the Aussie above who said he would not drink tap in the USA, man, you gotta know it varies by region. Plenty of places I would not drink it, but many, it's good.

I didn't know there was any place in the USA where the tap water wasn't safe to drink. There are places were it doesn't taste so good, but it is safe to drink.



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User currently offlinenickh From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 32, posted (2 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3338 times:
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I'll chime in:

At my home and my office building, I have installed Kenmore Whole House/in-line water filters. They are relatively inexpensive (around $40) and attach in-line to the main water supply. They really do work.

On my kitchen faucets both at the office and the home, I use the PuR water filters with 6-month replaceable cartrides, and that is the water that I use for cooking, washing, etc.

For drinking, I guess that I am somewhat partial to bottled* Ozarka Natural Spring Water (a Nestle company) - they are required by law to print the source of the water, and it really is spring water, not reverse-osmosis tap water like some brands. It just tastes a little better than the local tap water in my home city of Houston, Texas. The local tap water tastes of chemical and mineral additives. It could also be the plumbing in my area and the fact that they are doing a lot of construction/maintanence on the water sewer system around here.

I usually replace the Whole House/in-line filters once every 6-8 months or so, (you just throw the whole thing away and install a new one) and I remember that the last time that I replaced them, they were filthy.

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2:: If you reycle, as I do (we hae curbside recycling pickup every other week) it also offsets the waste generated a bit.



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User currently offlinemad99 From Spain, joined Mar 2012, 611 posts, RR: 0
Reply 33, posted (2 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 3336 times:

Everyday!
I fill the bottle with tap water and store it in the fridge.


User currently offlinepvjin From Finland, joined Mar 2012, 1366 posts, RR: 0
Reply 34, posted (2 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3337 times:

When I travel to countries with not that good tap water I do, but in here Finland I never do as tap water is completely healthy everywhere in this country.

Here in middle of countryside where I live tap water just perfect, it's not some filtered stuff full of chlorine like in bigger cities but just clear groundwater. While I can definitely taste big difference between bottled water and tap water taken and chemically purified from some lakes in our capital Helsinki here there's truly no difference, or if there is it's very light and probably in favour of tap water.

So yeah, when you have healthy and adequate tasting tap water around buying bottled water is just total waste of money and also ecologically bad. If I could choose I would make bottled water 10x more expensive in this country so less fools would buy it for no reason.

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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40033 posts, RR: 74
Reply 35, posted (2 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3346 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 16):
Out of curiosity: Could you please go into detail? Do you buy "Pure Life", and how much is it?



Chang and Singha beers have their own bottled water line.
It usually cost 7 baht (.21 cents) for a 600ML bottle.
13 baht (.39cents) for a 1500ML bottle.

The equivalent size bottles in the US is more than double that cost but the tap water is clean there.



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6844 posts, RR: 12
Reply 36, posted (2 years 1 week ago) and read 3338 times:

I drink almost exclusively carbonated water, San Pellegrino when available, so I'm in the bottled camp. The tap water I get is fine but I just don't like plain water.


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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12856 posts, RR: 25
Reply 37, posted (2 years 1 week ago) and read 3337 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 36):
I drink almost exclusively carbonated water

I keep Poland Springs carbonated water in the house, the unflavored kind. To me it's kind of a "beer placibo", I drink it when I want something special and different, and these days I'm not keeping beer in the house for health reasons.



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User currently offlinemal787 From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 38, posted (2 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3290 times:
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I only drink bottled water . I work on a mine site that makes its own"potable" water but it still tastes like mud. the water in the city i live is okay but i can taste the chlorine in it. so bottled water it is for me . yes it may be a high cost but if i am going to drink water to keep me healthy , i dont want something that is full of chemicals and the like.


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User currently offlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 3620 posts, RR: 2
Reply 39, posted (2 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3133 times:

In Norway you are kind of forced to buy bottled water because Norway has literally no public drinking fountains, I usually buy Voss or Isdal. The tap water here is is great. BTW, worst tap water in the US is in Midland, Texas (high alkaline levels)


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User currently offlinecmf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 40, posted (2 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3109 times:

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 27):
IIRC no one in Florida really drinks tap water so I won't.

Pretty much everyone I know here have whole house filters and drink tap water.


User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3149 posts, RR: 3
Reply 41, posted (2 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3076 times:

Quoting mal787 (Reply 38):
I only drink bottled water . I work on a mine site that makes its own"potable" water but it still tastes like mud.

Oil and Gas industry for my occupation and it may be 50 miles to the nearest water fountain. So yes bottled water when not at home or the office. One phone call can change any plan so you have to carry bottled water with you for when you leave the house for the day in case those plans change, which they often do. That healthy lunch or diner was replaced by a bag of chips and a bottle of water due to phone call.

Quoting nickh (Reply 32):
For drinking, I guess that I am somewhat partial to bottled* Ozarka Natural Spring Water (a Nestle company) - they are required by law to print the source of the water, and it really is spring water, not reverse-osmosis tap water like some brands

You are talking apples and oranges.
Spring water is just that and has its source listed.
Reverse-Osmosis does not matter what its source is whether it is sea water or city water, most bottlers add back some minerals since the RO process removes all the minerals.
Personally I buy "Sam's" (Wallmart and Sam's Club) RO for $2.50 for a case of 24ea 20oz bottles some times they have a special with 32 bottles in a case for the same price. In the summer time with 100F + temps I will use two cases in a week and in the winter a case will last me 2 weeks.

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User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 42, posted (2 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3058 times:

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 2):
But even if there's a fountain, I prefer the bottled water (as long as it's under $1.50).

Why, exactly?

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 regularly drunk tap water in developing countries as well.

I agree. I just don't see the point in it...

Quoting varigb707 (Reply 6):
And I do not drink out of public water fountains though.

Why?

Quoting lewis (Reply 17):
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.

Same goes for me. I think it's a big scam and a big waste of money.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 18):
Nobody used to drink it and we all got along just fine.

  

Quoting flyerboy1990 (Reply 22):
It's pretty wasteful because of the plastic used, even though many have gone to the bottles where there's like 30% less plastic.

Sure, it's an improvement, but the whole concept of disposable water bottles is still a big environmental problem.

Quoting curtisman (Reply 23):
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.

However there is some deception there... See my comment above.

Quoting nickh (Reply 32):
1:: If you have a trash compactor, that will greatly help reduce the volume of the plastics thrown out.

Well you should be recycling them...


User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 43, posted (2 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3047 times:

There used to be one kind of carbonated spring mineral water sold in 0,7l glass bottles when I was a kid... tasted soooo goood.... Nowadays you can only really get water in glass bottles in restaurants, and then it often is not spring water...

I used to buy a lot of bottled water, but always because I preffer carbonated, not still. Made no sense buying still bottled water, tap is better. I have been turning more to tap lately.



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User currently offlineswissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 44, posted (2 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3034 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 21):
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.

And these two brands are horrible tasting  , would not touch them with a 10' pole. The problem is just like some people mentioned above, water taste different in different regions. Pepsi and Coke however have to make sure it taste the same regardless where it was processed.... complex and waste full process to get there.

Because I work in that field I am very anal about what H2O I buy and what not  , 90%of the time I drink our filtered/processed well water. We tread and change the structure (nano level) before we filter it and store it in a big tank for usage. Still has all the good stuff in it what mother nature put in there not like RO...

cheerios,


User currently onlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2456 posts, RR: 14
Reply 45, posted (2 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3017 times:

No. The only exception is when I buy a bottle of mineral water when travelling. And then, I readily spend extra money on a really tasty mineral water like Valser. The water percolates through the mountain for 80 years and I believe it's the most mineralized water you can get in Switzerland.

At home or at work I like to drink home-brewed coffee or tea. I only drink tap water in order not to spoil the taste of my yummy pizza...


David



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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2850 posts, RR: 16
Reply 46, posted (2 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3011 times:

Never in Ireland, but having just been through my first Spanish summer with 36C in the day, & 28C at night, it was a necessity! I just refilled it out of the tap though after.

My housemate used to sleep with her frozen water bottle clutched to her body!!



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User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4533 posts, RR: 9
Reply 47, posted (2 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2968 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.

Me too. Truly excellent tap water here.



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8465 posts, RR: 8
Reply 48, posted (2 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2921 times:

According to Jeremy Jackson drinking bottled water makes you bi-sexual.

User currently offlinemax999 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1077 posts, RR: 0
Reply 49, posted (2 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2869 times:

I drink tap water, but occasionally buy bottled if I'm thirsty and I'm not near a water fountain. And I will not buy bottled water that has been shipped halfway across the world (i.e. Fuji water).

At restaurants, I get tap water even though waiters will often push for the bottled water.

In developing countries, I will only drink bottled water from a reputable brand...I've heard stories of bottled water being filled with the untreated local tap water that I'm trying to avoid.

[Edited 2012-11-25 10:18:51]


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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 50, posted (1 year 12 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2639 times:

We live out in "the boonies", and are ten miles from "city water" (thank heavens) our well is quite deep, and NEVER runs out; I get it tested every year or two, and it always tests fine; it also tastes fine, but it has quite a lot of iron in it, so, even though I do use it for making my coffee, we very seldom drink it. I have a 3 gal plastic jug that I get filled up at Krogers, as I'm always there 2 or 3 times a week; it's cheaper than bottled, and it's also a lot handier, not having to piss around with plastic water bottles.

As Miss A is a kidney patient, she has to "keep track" of EVERYTHING; she can only consume 48 oz of "fluids" per day; ( and "fluids" includes ice cream, juice, any fruit or veggies with water content ); every month they run a lab test on her blood, and she gets a "report card"; % of: calcium, phosphorus, potassium, hemoglobin, and a few more things I forget; so I don't want her to be drinking our iron laden well water for that reason. Dialysis cleans the blood, but it doesn't remove (or regulate) minerals, especially phosphorus.

Yeah, bottled water is usually right out of a faucet someplace; filtered ? maybe, maybe not; depends on who's bottling it.
They are right now installing a HUGE water main over much of Vigo County, (which we pass through going and coming from Terre Haute ); it's gonna cost the people over a $100 a month for the city water, PLUS they have to pay so much for the damned pipe through their property ! ( I'm just glad we live in Parke County !)

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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14130 posts, RR: 62
Reply 51, posted (1 year 12 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

In Germany not, since the tap water´s quality is pretty much guaranteed, but in the Philippines I only drink bottled water from a reputable source due to hygienic reasons (as does the rest of my fiancée´s family there), since you can´t rely on the quality of the tap water and I don´t want to spend days sitting on the "throne" with diarreah.

Jan


User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1681 posts, RR: 9
Reply 52, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2615 times:
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When I see the HUGE bottled water displays in grocery stores, I think that somebody's making some easy money. The tap water in the U.S. is completely safe and I've been drinking it all my life. The only time I drink bottled water is if I'm on a trip and I need to take a pill, such as when getting a headache while driving, or in foreign airports that have no water fountains. Also, I drink it in countries that don't recommend that you drink their tap water. I never buy it, but save the bottled water I get free in Amtrak sleeping cars and Hilton hotels, where I am Diamond. I can think of much better ways to spend my money.

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User currently offlineFrankAMS From Netherlands, joined Nov 2012, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 53, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2597 times:

The standard for water in almost all 1st world countries is very high, and completely safe to drink. Taste is a matter of preference, but drinking bottled water because it's "safer" in 1st world countries is idiotic.

That said, the water in Spain when I went on holiday was more chlorinated than any other water I've ever tasted. I bought 5 5 liter jugs at one euro per jug, and refilled a standard water bottle with that water. Afterwards, I recycled all the bottles. I hear Europeans complaining all the time that US water is incredibly chlorinated, but I guess I'm used to that water. The water in Spain... that was a shock!


User currently offlineswissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 54, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2585 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 50):
We live out in "the boonies", and are ten miles from "city water" (thank heavens) our well is quite deep, and NEVER runs out; I get it tested every year or two, and it always tests fine; it also tastes fine, but it has quite a lot of iron in it, so, even though I do use it for making my coffee, we very seldom drink it. I have a 3 gal plastic jug that I get filled up at Krogers, as I'm always there 2 or 3 times a week; it's cheaper than bottled, and it's also a lot handier, not having to piss around with plastic water bottles.

you can easily oxidize that out of your well water

Quoting Geezer (Reply 50):
As Miss A is a kidney patient, she has to "keep track" of EVERYTHING; she can only consume 48 oz of "fluids" per day; ( and "fluids" includes ice cream, juice, any fruit or veggies with water content ); every month they run a lab test on her blood, and she gets a "report card"; % of: calcium, phosphorus, potassium, hemoglobin, and a few more things I forget; so I don't want her to be drinking our iron laden well water for that reason. Dialysis cleans the blood, but it doesn't remove (or regulate) minerals, especially phosphorus.

I should send you some of our H2O for your Miss A.... Docs would be perplex  

The problem in general with the water is there is to much crap in it including active bio film...

Cheerios


User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6844 posts, RR: 12
Reply 55, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

I didn't know reverse osmosis water was sold. As a matter of fact an uncle of mine created a small company making reverse osmosis machines for the home and other uses (hospitals for example). We have one of those for cooking and drinking and also a soda stream machine to put CO2 in it, but I just like San Pellegrino better, to me it's like indulging in a soda without the harm.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40033 posts, RR: 74
Reply 56, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2475 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 55):
I didn't know reverse osmosis water was sold.

It's sold in Bangladesh.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 57, posted (1 year 12 months 22 hours ago) and read 2451 times:

If the source of the water is suspect.....Then Bottled packed water is the best option.


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User currently offlineswissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 58, posted (1 year 12 months 20 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 55):
I didn't know reverse osmosis water was sold.

To much and people drink it to much too... ok for short term but not good for long term IMO, TDS's have been removed....

Got one of these soda stream thingies also and I like it very much, just our treaded water and bubbles, the soda is for the kids  

Cheerios,


User currently offlineswissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 59, posted (1 year 12 months 20 hours ago) and read 2433 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 55):
but I just like San Pellegrino better, to me it's like indulging in a soda without the harm.

Just compare what's in the water, between the two and you will find out why the SP taste way better  

Cheerios,


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26714 posts, RR: 75
Reply 60, posted (1 year 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 2401 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.
Quoting Revelation (Reply 21):
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.

Yep. Its even more insidious than that. They already were using filtered municipal water to make soda, so they figured they could bottle it, market it and sell it. Aquafina didn't do all that well at first, because it was just RO with nothing else. Dasani added minerals, which made it taste better, and it exploded.

Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 39):
BTW, worst tap water in the US is in Midland, Texas (high alkaline levels)

High alkaline water is very good for you.

Quoting swissy (Reply 59):
Just compare what's in the water, between the two and you will find out why the SP taste way better

I prefer Gerolsteiner to Pellegrino



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User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3149 posts, RR: 3
Reply 61, posted (1 year 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 2401 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 55):
I didn't know reverse osmosis water was sold

Dasani, Coca Cola's brand is R/O along with a multitude of others.
There a many municipal systems that are R/O due to mineral content of supply water and one large community in FL that is using a massive R/O system to desalinate. Costs are high.
One small community that I have done some engineering work for has a R/O system for their well water but only 50% of the water goes through the R/O process to reduce TDS and other contaminates to an acceptable limit to meet EPA standards. (50/50 mix)

As stated above the R/O process does not care what the source is. Most bottlers add back minerals to give the water some taste.

The big issue is that the uninformed think that they are buying some sort of "Spring Water" that is sourced form some special spring and want labeling on the bottles to indicate the source. I would call it snob appeal. That way they can feel better about paying $2.50 for a bottle of spring water rather than 20 cents for bottle of R/O with the same minerals added back in.

Okie


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26714 posts, RR: 75
Reply 62, posted (1 year 12 months 11 hours ago) and read 2386 times:

Greasespot made a great point - going crazy with bottled water has been horrible for dental health.

Quoting okie (Reply 61):
The big issue is that the uninformed think that they are buying some sort of "Spring Water" that is sourced form some special spring and want labeling on the bottles to indicate the source. I would call it snob appeal. That way they can feel better about paying $2.50 for a bottle of spring water rather than 20 cents for bottle of R/O with the same minerals added back in.

You would have a great point if the R/O water (which doesn't cost 20 cents anymore) actually had the same minerals in the same proportions. When they start putting 200 mg/l of calcium and 100 mg/l of magnesium into Dasani, call me.



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User currently offlineswissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 63, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

Quoting okie (Reply 61):
The big issue is that the uninformed think that they are buying some sort of "Spring Water" that is sourced form some special spring and want labeling on the bottles to indicate the source. I would call it snob appeal. That way they can feel better about paying $2.50 for a bottle of spring water rather than 20 cents for bottle of R/O with the same minerals added back in.

Mineral water from Europe is harvest and bottled there...hence why there is no harvest/bottled Evian H2O from the US, China, Taiwan... The Coke, Pepsi cr.. is processed and bottled all over the world. That is why they have to go with R/O to make a uniform horrible unhealthy liquid I would not even call water   No issues to spend 2.50$ a bottle of the good stuff  

Cheerios,


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 64, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2323 times:

I used to buy pallet lots of the stuff for work. Drill Rigs on the slope don't have running water.

And it is good to carry a couple of Of them on my ATV when riding. I have a MSR water filter pump but it gets clogged up in silty water where I do a lot of riding.



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