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(Daily Mail)   Bottled water no better than tap water, say experts at the No Kidding Institute   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2013-01-02 08:20:03 AM  
To be fair, that's in the UK where tap water is required by Soshializm to be clean.

Not like the Freedom Water of the USA.

/ amidoinitrite?
 
2013-01-02 08:20:51 AM  
My tap water isn't carbonated.
 
2013-01-02 08:21:52 AM  
I always figured people bought it for convenience.
 
2013-01-02 08:25:47 AM  

AiryAnne: I always figured people bought it for convenience.


Don't bring logic into this.
 
2013-01-02 08:43:25 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: AiryAnne: I always figured people bought it for convenience.

Don't bring logic into this.


I bought a bottle once for convenience and now refill it at the waterfountain every day. There is no logical reason for doing otherwise.
 
2013-01-02 08:44:08 AM  
Bottled water is about convenience and taste. Some city water tastes like absolute crap, and bottled water and Brita pitchers helped me survive two years of living in Reading.

My well water has a pleasing taste, though I'm not sure exactly what minerals are present.
 
2013-01-02 08:47:56 AM  

State_College_Arsonist: Bottled water is about convenience and taste. Some city water tastes like absolute crap,


So much this.
 
2013-01-02 08:58:48 AM  
My tap water comes out brown.
 
2013-01-02 09:07:22 AM  
I thought it was the N.S. Sherlock Institute?

*scratches head*
 
2013-01-02 09:10:01 AM  
Bottled water no better worse than tap water, say experts at the No Kidding Institute
 
2013-01-02 09:41:57 AM  
Except for taste, smell and clarity.
 
2013-01-02 09:42:04 AM  

BizarreMan: State_College_Arsonist: Bottled water is about convenience and taste. Some city water tastes like absolute crap,

So much this.


TheGreatGazoo: My tap water comes out brown.


Both are true here.
 
2013-01-02 10:08:13 AM  
Where I live in SoCal, the tap water is pretty awful. Clean, but bad tasting. Bottled is most definitely better.
 
2013-01-02 10:09:28 AM  
My understanding has been that's it's actually worse for you because the strip out all the minerals and stuff.

/The ones that aren't just selling you tap water.
 
2013-01-02 10:13:15 AM  
Best water I've ever had was the tap water at Lake Arrowhead.

Tap : Highly regulated, tested multiple times per day, the results mailed to you (at least in Los Angeles), nearly free
Bottled : Largely unregulated, more expensive than gasoline

You choose, some tap tastes horrible. I'm looking at you West L.A.
 
2013-01-02 10:29:40 AM  
The tap water at my house is okay... I run all my drinking water through a brita pitcher and it's great.

At my office, the tap water is terrible. It tastes dirty. Thankfully we have Ozarka water coolers, otherwise I'd be bringing in my own water to work. The instant hot water is nice for tea in the afternoons, too.
 
2013-01-02 10:33:50 AM  

Wizzin: Except for taste, smell and clarity.


So much this. The local city water is safe to drink, but it tastes and smells like swimming pool, so I let it sit in a pitcher overnight before using it in the coffee maker at work. In contrast, my well water is hard, but since it's run through a particulate and activated charcoal filter before coming out the spout, it has no smell and almost no taste.

But yeah...fark buying bottled water. Get a filter and a carry-along bottle.
 
2013-01-02 10:43:00 AM  
Fark you, I'm sticking with Swill
4.bp.blogspot.com

davidhansen.org
 
2013-01-02 10:46:13 AM  

StrangeQ: The All-Powerful Atheismo: AiryAnne: I always figured people bought it for convenience.

Don't bring logic into this.

I bought a bottle once for convenience and now refill it at the waterfountain every day. There is no logical reason for doing otherwise.


How often does someone stop you to tell you abou all the dangerous chemicals from that bottle you're drinking and tell you to throw it out? Just curious because I do the same. It's a daily occurrence.
Apparently consuming water from the same plastic bottle will be lethal. Somehow microwaving the same plastic containers daily is considered far less toxic.
 
2013-01-02 10:46:55 AM  
My tap water sucks. I have a Zerowater filter that takes it to perfection and a penchant for Ozark 700ml bottles with flip caps from Samsclub.
 
2013-01-02 10:47:47 AM  
Done years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfPAjUvvnIc

I buy the sparkling stuff, still is for mugs.
 
2013-01-02 10:55:59 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: My tap water isn't carbonated.


Mine is carbonated. Which one of us should be concerned?
 
2013-01-02 11:33:24 AM  
I used to be on a shiatty well. The water had farking CHUNKS.
 
2013-01-02 11:56:36 AM  
If it's brown drink it down, if it's black send it back.
 
2013-01-02 12:04:14 PM  
Tap water is safe to drink in the US but taste is subjective. Bottled water is a known taste. In my house I filter my tap but at work I drink bottled because the water tastes like mud.
 
2013-01-02 12:23:33 PM  
Depends on how far behind the water treatment plant has gotten on their chlorinating schedule and whether they need to play catchup by dumping craploads of chlorine in the water that day.
 
2013-01-02 12:26:02 PM  

opiumpoopy: To be fair, that's in the UK where tap water is required by Soshializm to be clean.

Not like the Freedom Water of the USA.

/ amidoinitrite?


No idea if you're doing it right, but my well water comes straight from a natural spring. Deeeelicious.
 
2013-01-02 12:26:27 PM  
it's the taste. tap water at my mom's house in bellvue is fine. at my house in newport it tastes weird. that's what we get with 100 year old water pipes.
 
2013-01-02 12:31:27 PM  
Tap water here is so mineralized it gunks up filters. Besides, I can get a whole pallet of pint bottles for a couple dollars, and they're portable unlike a pitcher.
 
2013-01-02 12:35:57 PM  
They haven't tasted the water out of my taps. I don't have city service, I have a private well. Let's just say it turns my white clothes tan, and that's with a water softener. No way I'm drinking that crap.
 
2013-01-02 12:36:52 PM  
Subby has never been to Florida. The tap water there tastes bad and smells even farking worse. Every time I visit it takes me almost a full week to get used to it.
 
2013-01-02 12:43:37 PM  
Yup, tap water mineral levels are off the charts in my part of the world. No way I'm subjecting my kidneys to that.
 
2013-01-02 12:44:25 PM  
I've been drinking the water that comes from the tap for decades, hasn't killed me....yet.
 
2013-01-02 12:44:41 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Tap water here is so mineralized it gunks up filters. Besides, I can get a whole pallet of pint bottles for a couple dollars, and they're portable unlike a pitcher.


Why do you hate the environment? Won't ANYBODY think of the environment?

/sorry, had to...
 
2013-01-02 12:58:10 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: My tap water isn't carbonated.


Link

It could be.
 
2013-01-02 01:08:15 PM  

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: StrangeQ: The All-Powerful Atheismo: AiryAnne: I always figured people bought it for convenience.

Don't bring logic into this.

I bought a bottle once for convenience and now refill it at the waterfountain every day. There is no logical reason for doing otherwise.

How often does someone stop you to tell you abou all the dangerous chemicals from that bottle you're drinking and tell you to throw it out? Just curious because I do the same. It's a daily occurrence.
Apparently consuming water from the same plastic bottle will be lethal. Somehow microwaving the same plastic containers daily is considered far less toxic.


You shouldn't be microwaving polyethylene terephthalate (the plastic that water and pop bottles are in). Doing that can release antimony, which is a toxic metal.

You probably aren't, though, because the plastic containers you are microwaving are most likely polypropolene (like Gladware). That's a different type of plastic and it's completely safe to microwave.
 
2013-01-02 02:07:23 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: My tap water comes out brown.


Eat more fiber.
 
2013-01-02 02:09:42 PM  
We drink bottled because of things like this.

City of Saratoga Springs - Next city over from us.

City of Lehi - City that my Wife and I both work in.
 
2013-01-02 02:31:44 PM  

meanmutton: GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: StrangeQ: The All-Powerful Atheismo: AiryAnne: I always figured people bought it for convenience.

Don't bring logic into this.

I bought a bottle once for convenience and now refill it at the waterfountain every day. There is no logical reason for doing otherwise.

How often does someone stop you to tell you abou all the dangerous chemicals from that bottle you're drinking and tell you to throw it out? Just curious because I do the same. It's a daily occurrence.
Apparently consuming water from the same plastic bottle will be lethal. Somehow microwaving the same plastic containers daily is considered far less toxic.

You shouldn't be microwaving polyethylene terephthalate (the plastic that water and pop bottles are in). Doing that can release antimony, which is a toxic metal.

You probably aren't, though, because the plastic containers you are microwaving are most likely polypropolene (like Gladware). That's a different type of plastic and it's completely safe to microwave.


Thanks, Mr. Science-type-person!

Those are essentially the proper terms I should have been using. You're right, I'm not microwaving my bottles (that just seems like a terrible idea) I seem I didn't post quite as coherently as I'd have liked.

I just reuse them for about a week or 2, chuck them in the recycle and use another. The point I want to stress is that these coworkers want to stress how terrible for my health reusing a plastic bottle which receives minimal heat stress, occasionally spending the night in the fridge, being thrown out if I ever have an illness to avoid re-infecting etc. is somehow more dangerous than scraping away at plastic containers that are heated daily with utensils. We take in teflon from older pots and pans when cooking, we dry our hands on towels with contaminants from countless other workers and clients and handle freshly printed documents inhaling that "printer fresh smell" but waterbottles are the devils doing.

Maybe I should just give up and drink coffee processed in a questionable factory and filtered through Indonesian dollar store filters in a 20 year old mug made in China. That's likely a lot safer.
 
2013-01-02 02:32:14 PM  
I buy bottled water just for convenience, when going to work, or the park or whatever. I tend to have a bad habit of losing water/coffee/food containers everywhere I go. It's not the most environmentally-friendly thing, but a 35 pack of the store-brand SPRING water ($4) will last me a month or so. I recycle 90% of the bottles when I'm done with them, and do tend to refill them from my fridge Brita pitcher if I haven't lost the bottles.

\I laugh at people buying the "name brand" water though, when half the time, it isn't even from a spring.
\The Nestle' "Pure Life" water here proudly states it's bottled at the Allentown (PA) municipal plant (blargh).
 
2013-01-02 03:41:41 PM  
Have well water. Tastes great, tested well (it is hard...that is about it) and it comes out ice cold. Of course, just dropped a grand on a new pump...but that should last the next ten years.
 
2013-01-02 04:00:30 PM  

Burr: Have well water. Tastes great, tested well (it is hard...that is about it) and it comes out ice cold. Of course, just dropped a grand on a new pump...but that should last the next ten years.


Yup...me too. Less than a month ago. $907 for the pump, $275 for the Protect, $300 for labor...plus Gov Moonbeam's cut.

Ouch!
 
2013-01-02 04:01:06 PM  
Oh yeah...I got 16 years out of the last one.
 
2013-01-02 04:04:10 PM  

meanmutton: JasonOfOrillia: My tap water isn't carbonated.

Link

It could be.


This

/bought one about 9 months ago
//keeping the bottles clean is a pain if you can't use hot water tho
 
2013-01-02 04:54:33 PM  

State_College_Arsonist: Bottled water is about convenience and taste. Some city water tastes like absolute crap, and bottled water and Brita pitchers helped me survive two years of living in Reading.

My well water has a pleasing taste, though I'm not sure exactly what minerals are present.


lead, uranium, and probably chromium. If you are really lucky you get enough fluoride to kill a goat.
 
2013-01-02 06:39:08 PM  
Everywhere I have lived, the tap water has been just fine. I gave up on the Brita when my water utility mailed out its test results showing the water was well within the mandated limits for Whatever.

If you're not sure of what is in your water, get online and find more than one testing outfit and get your water tested. It's useful to know.

Good tap water + "Sodastream" means an empty recycling bin for me.
 
2013-01-02 09:07:59 PM  
jumped on the carbonated mineral water bandwagon a few months ago

foreigners-friendly.com

this stuff tastes great and it's like $1.00 for a 1.5 liter bottle.
 
2013-01-02 11:57:38 PM  
Our water is very hard. After softening, it contains so much sodium it is unhealthy to drink. The house builder did not install a bypass so all water goes through the softener except for the two outdoor hose connections (which get shut off in the winter). Until I can get a plumber in here to put a drinking water spout upstairs we're stuck with bottled.
 
2013-01-03 01:04:13 AM  
Tap water for showering. Distilled water for coffee.
 
2013-01-03 05:05:55 AM  
I use bottled spring water because my local tap water smells like rotten eggs and we get "sorry... there was poop in your water last month, but don't worry" letters from the city water department on a regular basis. I'd shower with bottled water if I could afford it.
 
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