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Do you drink bottled water?

  1. I drink bottled water only if I am away from home, for example bike riding

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    45.9%
  2. I drink bottled water only

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    11.5%
  3. I drink only tap water, filtered or unfiltered

    25 vote(s)
    41.0%
  4. I use a refillable bottle

    21 vote(s)
    34.4%
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  1. Jul 27, 2007 #1

    Evo

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    In light of the amount of waste caused by the bottled water fad, do you drink bottled water, and if so, why? Would you prefer to use a reusable bottle that you can fill from the tap? Multiple choices are allowed.

    Aquafina labels to spell out source - tap water

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070726/hl_nm/pepsico_aquafina_dc
     
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  3. Jul 27, 2007 #2
    I do, but I try not to. It is not just the environmental impact from buying bottled water. There have been some concerns about level of control for bacteria and other contaminations as well.
     
  4. Jul 27, 2007 #3

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    That's exactly what I do. I only use a bottle when I'm on the road, and I reuse it until it's too disgusting even for me. (I just hope the xenoestrogens leaching from the plastic don't turn me into a woman! :bugeye: I need to find a big enough non-plastic thermos that I can reuse indefinitely.)

    (Penn & Teller had a hilarious episode of Bullsh!t making fun of bottled water.)
     
  5. Jul 27, 2007 #4

    CompuChip

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    I always drink tap water, except when abroad and I don't trust the water quality in that country. When away I usually take a bottle with me, sometimes with bottled water, but mostly just filled from the tap :)
    So I guess it would be option 1 and 3 and 4?
     
  6. Jul 27, 2007 #5
    I do if I am out and want something to drink(maybe 7 bottles a week). I prefer water over pop so. I buy the cheapest stuff possible (39c) and I know it is just tap water. I recycle the bottle.

    It is 100% convenience motivated, we have great tap water over here.
     
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  7. Jul 27, 2007 #6

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    When the girls were little, they had cool little plastic thermoses that were the same circumference of a bottle of water and they had a shoulder strap.
     
  8. Jul 27, 2007 #7

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    I drink bottled water only when I'm in places where the tap water is not safe enough to drink and on long journeys. Otherwise I drink tap water.
     
  9. Jul 27, 2007 #8

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    I remember in Paris being told not to drink the tap water, and as far back as I can remember everyone drank bottled water, Evian, Perrier, Vichy (tastes like sulphur and it's considered good for upset stomachs).

    I don't know if water quality in Paris is still an issue.
     
  10. Jul 27, 2007 #9

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    I have moved around quite a bit, and I usually drink tap water. I have lived two places, however, where I didn't/don't drink tap water - the U.S. Virgin Islands and here in Saint John.

    Here, few people drink tap water :eek: :yuck:; if you lived here, I don't think you would.

    In my area at work, everyone drinks from a water cooler that uses 18.5 litre bottles of spring water. People fill up their personal water bottles from the water cooler. Even the water I boil to make my tea comes the water cooler - tea made from the tap here gives me heartburn.

    At home, my wife and I used to buy 4 litre (about 1 gallon) bottles, but we recently switch to two 10 litre bottles that we refill at the supermarket. This water is filtered by reverse osmosis and other methods.

    Edit: fill up a 4 litre bottlle with Saint John tap water to see that the water is not clear - it has a slight brownish colour.
     
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  11. Jul 27, 2007 #10

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    We have a nice well, and we use refillable Rubbermaid water bottles. Just fill 'em half-way and stick them in the freezer until you want a bottle of water to take out to do yard-work, or to take to bed, etc. That block of ice in the bottom keeps the water cool a long time. In our last place in-town, the water tasted mucky, with too much chlorine, so I installed a two-stage cannister filter under the kitchen sink with its own little spigot on the corner of the sink for drinking water/cooking water.

    Bottled water is a rip-off. Poland Springs and other bottlers have approached several Maine towns that have wonderful aquifers, looking to drill wells. The smart ones say "take a hike". If your town's aquifer provides clean fresh water for domestic use, what is the incentive to let some big commercial interest tap into it, possibly causing capacity problems down the road?
     
  12. Jul 27, 2007 #11

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    My wife prefers bottled water in small bottles (PT) and we buy it in gallon (polyethylene) containers for cooking and drinking. Empty bottles are sent to a recycling center. We recently got a municipal line along our street, and we just have to pay to hook up to the line.

    Our well water has had traces of Ni, Cd, Fe and Mn, since our property sits astride a large iron/manganese ore deposit. Our area used to have iron ore mining, iron and steel making, and foundries up through the early 1900's.

    I'll drink water from the tap or backyard hose. :biggrin:
     
  13. Jul 27, 2007 #12

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    I only drink tap water, either fresh if I'm really thirsty or boiled with tea/coffee. My bf exclusively drinks bottled water, because it *tastes* better. I tried to convert him to filtered water, which worked for about a year, but now he's back to bottles again. I'm not only concerned about the landfills, but also my house.. the other day I fished about 30 of those bottles from underneath the bed :rolleyes: I think one of those filters that fits to your faucet should be a good solution, I should look around for one of those.
     
  14. Jul 27, 2007 #13
    I don't drink water unless it's mixed with something else.
     
  15. Jul 27, 2007 #14

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    Monique, those are low-capacity filters with cartridges that are expensive to replace. They are also not as good at cleaning your water as a multiple-stage filter with LOTS of surface area. If you go to a plumbing or home-improvement business, you should be able to buy a two-stage filter that takes standard-sized filters. My replacement filters were fiber-wrapped around a core of activated charcoal. Buy a filter kit that includes a dedicated tap with a spring-loaded handle. This way, you only have to filter the water you drink or cook with or make ice from and the filters will last a very long time. If you have a space 12" wide by 18" high by 6" deep under your kitchen counter where the filters can be wall-mounted out of the way, You're all set.

    Ours was retailed by Sears, but it was very similar to this:

    http://www.crystalclearsupply.com/Undercounter_Water_Filter_Double_p/ucd.htm
     
  16. Jul 27, 2007 #15

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    Whoa, that thing looks really cool. I don't know what our landlord would think when we install such a thing in the sink, but I'll look into it. It will save me a lot of energy, not having to carry all that water home from the supermarket :smile:
     
  17. Jul 27, 2007 #16

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    Around here, you can get these entire kits for under $150 and these large filters will last at least a year with only two people using them (closer to two, IIR). That is a huge savings over the cost of bottled water, and it helps keep a lot of plastic out of circulation. Recycling is great when you HAVE to use plastic, but we must recognize that sorting, remelting, and molding/extruding these materials into new products uses a LOT of energy, and the production of plastic is a great load on the oil-usages of our respective countries. :rolleyes:

    Edit: The water in our previous house was really bad - one of the worst-tasting municipal supplies I've experienced (short of the sulfur-saturated groundwater of the deep South), and after going through two combination particulate/activated charcoal filters that water was great. If you oxygenated it by shaking it up in a half-full container, it had a better flavor than any bottled water I've ever had.
     
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  18. Jul 27, 2007 #17

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    I only drink bottled water if I'm away from home and didn't think I'd need a drink. If I'm cycling or walking I fill a bottle with tap water. Honest to god can't tell the difference between tap & bottled.
     
  19. Jul 27, 2007 #18

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    I usually just drink tap water. The only times I drink bottled water are when I'm traveling and just need to stop for water, or need to put the water bottle into a backpack or something like that, because then I don't need to worry about it leaking (I have bad luck with bottles meant to be reusable). But, once I've had water from a bottle, I'll reuse the bottle several times, refilling with tap water for keeping water on my nightstand, or taking it with me to the farm where the tap water is awful. When I've been traveling and drinking a lot of bottled water, I notice the difference with tap water, mostly just the chlorine in tap water. The water here isn't too bad, so I don't bother filtering it, but I have lived places where it's pretty heavily chlorinated, and then I would just filter it.
     
  20. Jul 27, 2007 #19

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    Bottled water usually has salts in them that make them taste distinct. I wouldn't say one is better than the other, since water is pretty much tasteless (in Amsterdam it is). As I said, not according to my bf. I tried to trick him several times by supplying him with tap instead of bottled water, expecting that I'd be able to say: "see! just as good!" :biggrin: well, didn't work.. with the first sip: "hey, did you get this from the tap?" :grumpy:
     
  21. Jul 27, 2007 #20

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    The bottled waters commonly available in the US are quite bland, unless you shop at stores that carry European water, which is horrendously expensive here. You could add salts to the filtered water, though I wouldn't use more than a touch of magnesium sulfate unless your apartment has two bathrooms. :rofl:
     
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