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(Marketwatch)   Despite all logic and reason America's thirst for bottled water continues ... at $1.22 a gallon   (marketwatch.com) divider line 59
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2014-08-05 09:17:25 AM  
www.waterloowatch.com
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-05 10:07:47 AM  
That cheap? I'll need a asterisk if I repeat that "water is more expensive than gas" line.
 
2014-08-05 10:26:06 AM  
I've never understood why I should feel ashamed about paying $3.99 for a case of 36 bottles of water at Costco, but from what I've been able to gather from the people who care about these things, it Means Something™ that I have a negligible amount of expendable income to spend on the extravagance of convenience.
 
2014-08-05 10:29:36 AM  

sigdiamond2000: I've never understood why I should feel ashamed about paying $3.99 for a case of 36 bottles of water at Costco, but from what I've been able to gather from the people who care about these things, it Means Something™ that I have a negligible amount of expendable income to spend on the extravagance of convenience.


I've also been criticized for buying bottled water.  We have well water and it, technically speaking, tastes icky.  It's not always guaranteed of 'being perfectly safe'
 
2014-08-05 10:55:55 AM  
I can't remember the last time I bought bottled water for drinking, but we do have really good tap water. On the other hand I purchase at least one gallon jug of distilled water monthly since a member of my household uses a CPAP. And that costs less than a dollar.
 
2014-08-05 10:57:18 AM  
I drink water straight from the firehose.
 
2014-08-05 01:11:34 PM  
I love people who argue against the bottled water thing by telling me that tapwater is "free".

As for me, I don't usually drink water, but most tapwater tastes like chlorinated ass. If you don't have reverse osmosis, then bottled water is the next best thing.
 
2014-08-05 01:13:01 PM  
The people of Toledo would like a word.....
 
2014-08-05 01:17:03 PM  
Our tap water is fine. I don't get people who have 72 little bottles of water in the fridge for every time they get thirsty, but I also don't understand the calls to ban bottled water altogether in some areas.

If I'm out and about, and get thirsty, I'll get a bottle of water. It's cold, it's relatively pure, and it's healthy. No shame in that.
 
2014-08-05 01:21:44 PM  
I can understand buying bottled water if your tap water is unsafe or tastes bad. We moved to an area where our tap water was shockingly bad, safe to drink, but tasted horrific. The answer was to get an under the sink (they make counter top models too, I think) reverse osmosis system to purify it. It takes a bit of install and some upkeep. And yes, it does waste some water in the process and takes time to regenerate. We don't change the filters as often as suggested, and go by taste as a guide.

You can get them at hardware stores easily. A friend who sold high end ones before they were in hardware stores, told us to buy one from the hardware store instead of his units. Before his were better but as of a few years ago, the ones in the stores had improved to equal the higher end units.

One thing...it does take the fluoride out of the water. So depending on how you feel about that, you might want to (or not) use a fluoride dental rinse to compensate.
 
2014-08-05 01:22:20 PM  

Mikey1969: I love people who argue against the bottled water thing by telling me that tapwater is "free".

As for me, I don't usually drink water, but most tapwater tastes like chlorinated ass. If you don't have reverse osmosis, then bottled water is the next best thing.


Love my reverse osmosis. I actually drink water since I installed it.
 
2014-08-05 01:25:12 PM  

dukeblue219: Our tap water is fine. I don't get people who have 72 little bottles of water in the fridge for every time they get thirsty, but I also don't understand the calls to ban bottled water altogether in some areas.

If I'm out and about, and get thirsty, I'll get a bottle of water. It's cold, it's relatively pure, and it's healthy. No shame in that.


No. You don't live the way I want you to live. You should feel shame.

If I had the power, I'd mandate you live the way I want you to live. Then life would be better
 
2014-08-05 01:28:33 PM  
I drink Chippewa Springs water. Well, actually, I drink from the same source, but my water comes in glass bottles under the brand name of Leinenkugel's.
 
2014-08-05 01:32:32 PM  

Mikey1969: I love people who argue against the bottled water thing by telling me that tapwater is "free".

As for me, I don't usually drink water, but most tapwater tastes like chlorinated ass. If you don't have reverse osmosis, then bottled water is the next best thing.


Ours is fortified with nitrates.
 
2014-08-05 01:35:57 PM  

NorthernMT: Mikey1969: I love people who argue against the bottled water thing by telling me that tapwater is "free".

As for me, I don't usually drink water, but most tapwater tastes like chlorinated ass. If you don't have reverse osmosis, then bottled water is the next best thing.

Love my reverse osmosis. I actually drink water since I installed it.


Yeah, I started drinking soda when I lived in Phx and the water tasted so foul, now it's just a habit I should break someday.


Vacation Bible School: Mikey1969: I love people who argue against the bottled water thing by telling me that tapwater is "free".

As for me, I don't usually drink water, but most tapwater tastes like chlorinated ass. If you don't have reverse osmosis, then bottled water is the next best thing.

Ours is fortified with nitrates.


Here in Utah, the closer you get to the mine, the more brown the water gets. Not necessarily human pollution as much as a side effect of getting your water from an aquifer that is surrounded by a lot of rock containing metal ore and a lot of minerals.
 
2014-08-05 01:36:23 PM  
"We spend money on things we used to get for free. Do you know how many people on earth are dying of thirst? How many people walk 10 and 20 miles to get some fresh water? You know what it means when you only buy bottled water? It means you only use tap water on your ass! And you wonder why people want to blow us the fark up. We got ass water, that's why!"

~ Chris Rock
 
2014-08-05 01:37:59 PM  
I have a filter on my fridge, tastes fine to me, but having some bottle water around is nice in case something happens like Toledo.
 
2014-08-05 01:40:48 PM  
I hope the people who rail against drinking bottled water also don't drink any other bottled beverages.

Some places have horrible tap water. Where I live now has tasty tap water and that is what I drink. Unless I'm out and about of course.
 
2014-08-05 01:48:18 PM  
I keep a case of bottled spring water in the fridge next to the Brita pitcher. When I go fishing I get the gallons and pour into cups.

I sleep untroubled.
 
2014-08-05 01:53:53 PM  

dukeblue219: Our tap water is fine. I don't get people who have 72 little bottles of water in the fridge for every time they get thirsty, but I also don't understand the calls to ban bottled water altogether in some areas.


Just from my personal experience- and I know, it's just an anecdote, not data- when I wasn't paying a lick of attention, I'd buy my bottled water and think "eh, no big deal". But, ever since the wife bought me a stainless steel water bottle, I've used that almost exclusively.

It's not going to make me rich, and it's not going to save the Earth, but refilling at a water fountain is essentially putting $1.25 in my pocket every time I do it, and it's a little less trash every time.
 
2014-08-05 01:59:19 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: The people of Toledo would like a word.....


This
 
2014-08-05 02:13:48 PM  

Snarfangel: I drink water straight from the firehose.


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-05 02:19:07 PM  
We always use bottled water for vacations and day trips. Hard to beat the convenience. Fridge filter for water at home, though. A case of water is usually less than $3.
 
2014-08-05 02:42:57 PM  
What about folks that travel and don't live their entire lives within a short walk of a water tap?

Why shouldn't we have bottled water?
 
2014-08-05 02:48:57 PM  
I WISH my tap water tasted decent enough to drink straight.  I drink bottled because the municipal water everyplace I've ever lived has been terrible.  Metallic, chlorinated, or just bitter.  Britta-type filters help a little, but not much.

I'm not afraid of whether it's healthy, just that it tastes disgusting.
 
2014-08-05 03:09:33 PM  

GameSprocket: I drink Chippewa Springs water. Well, actually, I drink from the same source, but my water comes in glass bottles under the brand name of Leinenkugel's.


I was in the midwest, and I saw cases of the inexpensive beer on a shelf next to the cases of water, and the water was more expensive than the beer by volume. But since the beer is made from water I came to the below realization.

In order to turn water into Old Style, you must somehow damage the water in the process.
 
2014-08-05 03:11:11 PM  
I only drink water directly from an artesian well, freshly dug into a deep bedrock aquifer no less than 550 feet from the surface and only using a molded pipe that I crafted myself from ore extracted with my bare hands.

I can't believe anybody would waste several cents per liter to do anything else. They're so stupid.
 
2014-08-05 03:40:48 PM  

mcmnky: What about folks that travel and don't live their entire lives within a short walk of a water tap?

Why shouldn't we have bottled water?


Well, if you can't figure out how to transport water from a tap to wherever you are traveling, I think you should stay away from bottled water because you're so stupid you'll probably choke to death on the bottle.
 
2014-08-05 03:56:36 PM  

Vacation Bible School: Mikey1969: I love people who argue against the bottled water thing by telling me that tapwater is "free".

As for me, I don't usually drink water, but most tapwater tastes like chlorinated ass. If you don't have reverse osmosis, then bottled water is the next best thing.

Ours is fortified with nitrates.


Cheaper than day rates.
 
2014-08-05 03:56:40 PM  

lennavan: mcmnky: What about folks that travel and don't live their entire lives within a short walk of a water tap?

Why shouldn't we have bottled water?

Well, if you can't figure out how to transport water from a tap to wherever you are traveling, I think you should stay away from bottled water because you're so stupid you'll probably choke to death on the bottle.


Just need to insult someone today or what?
 
2014-08-05 04:04:18 PM  

lennavan: Well, if you can't figure out how to transport water from a tap to wherever you are traveling, I think you should stay away from bottled water because you're so stupid you'll probably choke to death on the bottle.


It must suck being so poor that $0.21 is a deal breaker for you to experience a little bit of convenience.

You should take night classes. Maybe you could run the 7-11 someday instead of just cleaning the shiatters?
 
2014-08-05 04:11:14 PM  

skozlaw: lennavan: Well, if you can't figure out how to transport water from a tap to wherever you are traveling, I think you should stay away from bottled water because you're so stupid you'll probably choke to death on the bottle.

It must suck being so poor that $0.21 is a deal breaker for you to experience a little bit of convenience.

You should take night classes. Maybe you could run the 7-11 someday instead of just cleaning the shiatters?


I drink bottled water.  But apparently the concept of a cup is new to you and your friend there.
 
2014-08-05 04:11:42 PM  
And America's thirst for gasoline continues....at three times that price.
 
2014-08-05 04:17:15 PM  

lennavan: mcmnky: What about folks that travel and don't live their entire lives within a short walk of a water tap?

Why shouldn't we have bottled water?

Well, if you can't figure out how to transport water from a tap to wherever you are traveling, I think you should stay away from bottled water because you're so stupid you'll probably choke to death on the bottle.


And what if my travels include commercial air? How do I transport tap water past security?

And what if I'm taking a long drive? I know how the transport gallons of tap water, I just prefer not to.

And why don't any of these anti-bottled water efforts address any other bottled beverage? So instead of water, there are ice tea, soda, etc that have the same packaging, create the same trash, contain the same water, just with some added flavor and color.

/favorited!
 
2014-08-05 04:21:03 PM  
About the only city-provided tap water i have ever refused to drink was in Boca Raton.  If you poured it in your average sized styro cup it had a distinct green hue to it.  I'm sure it was safe to drink but it was horrible.
 
2014-08-05 04:33:09 PM  

KidneyStone: About the only city-provided tap water i have ever refused to drink was in Boca Raton.  If you poured it in your average sized styro cup it had a distinct green hue to it.  I'm sure it was safe to drink but it was horrible.


Jacksonville has some of the worst smelling and tasting water around. It's like a weird limestone/sulfur smell. You can't blame people for drinking bottled stuff down there.
 
2014-08-05 04:36:04 PM  
Oh, good, it's the bottled water hate thread again. And again, the bottled water hate brigade will tell us how that when you're out somewhere and need something to drink:

Bottled water = bad.

Bottled water + CO2 + dye + HFCS = good... wait, OK, that's bad too but for different reasons, so you should carry your Nalgene(c) bottle everywhere you go and only fill it from taps made from organic zinc.
 
2014-08-05 05:39:30 PM  
I think people who care about this passionately one way or another really do not have much going on their life to care about.
 
2014-08-05 05:40:54 PM  
Keeping some bottled water on-hand that you use and replenish is not a bad thing from a disaster preparedness standpoint.
 
2014-08-05 05:52:43 PM  
One of the things I miss about Tyler, Tx, is the fact the tap water was drinkable. That, and the fact "traffic" consisted of waiting with six cars ahead of you at the stop light. Other things, not so much.
 
2014-08-05 05:57:02 PM  
people have said things, like, blech, he drinks the water from the sink.

i'd have said, yeah, and you drink water from a bottle.  study it out..
 
2014-08-05 06:46:42 PM  
Not that this matters one way or another, but for connoisseurs of rest area drinking fountains, the one in Yreka, California has the best water.
straycat.us
/Not my pic.
 
2014-08-05 07:03:14 PM  

Mikey1969: I love people who argue against the bottled water thing by telling me that tapwater is "free".


Yup. My org supplies the drinking water for this region. We spent $600 million on a brand new water treatment plant a few years ago, and will be spending $400 million to upgrade another one. Tap water sure as shiat ain't free.
 
2014-08-05 08:16:51 PM  
My tap water in Columbus OH is drinkable but definitely has a bit of an odor (chlorine maybe?) to it. I bought a big water dispenser that I fill from the tap and keep in the fridge - after a day in the fridge that odor is gone and the water tastes great. I do have a couple empty water bottles and sports drink bottles that I fill from my supply if I need water for a trip or to take to play tennis or whatever.
 
2014-08-05 08:33:15 PM  

mcmnky: What about folks that travel and don't live their entire lives within a short walk of a water tap?
Why shouldn't we have bottled water?


cloud2.collegefashion.net

Yes, why in the world would you carry anything with you besides your phone, your wallet, your snacks, and your several thousand pound vehicle with enough storage room in it to house a family of Mexicans?
 
2014-08-05 09:47:17 PM  
Good to see the marketers have convinced lots of you to be frightened of the "wrong" water.

Saw an awesome display of this at the grocery store one day. There was a bottled water refrigerator at the checkout line, to encourage impulse buying. A woman took out a bottle and put it in her cart, and her kid screamed, "That water is GROSS! Get Evian water!!"

Mom said excuse me and left the line to get some Evian.

Unbelievable.

/ I guess it keeps the economy going
 
2014-08-05 10:49:35 PM  

jaytkay: Good to see the marketers have convinced lots of you to be frightened of the "wrong" water.

Saw an awesome display of this at the grocery store one day. There was a bottled water refrigerator at the checkout line, to encourage impulse buying. A woman took out a bottle and put it in her cart, and her kid screamed, "That water is GROSS! Get Evian water!!"

Mom said excuse me and left the line to get some Evian.

Unbelievable.

/ I guess it keeps the economy going


To be fair, some of the bottled water tastes worse than bad tap water. "Minerals added for flavour". Yeah, like fossilized dog shiat.
 
2014-08-05 11:26:32 PM  
I grew up without being able to drink the tap water.  We had to boil a big pot every day for drinking.  You people don't realize how astounding it is that you can drink the water right out of the tap pretty much anywhere in the US.

Also, your basic municipal water service has a lot more people invested in keeping it clean for you than the bottlers do.  I don't know if you can pee into a bottle and sell it as bottled water but I don't think it's far off from what's allowed.
 
2014-08-05 11:48:41 PM  

SoupGuru: Also, your basic municipal water service has a lot more people invested in keeping it clean for you than the bottlers do. I don't know if you can pee into a bottle and sell it as bottled water but I don't think it's far off from what's allowed.


And yet what's in the bottle tastes decent, and the tap water in most municipal water systems tastes like you're sucking on an old metal pipe filled with pool water.  I'm sure it's safe, it's just terrible tasting.
 
2014-08-05 11:54:42 PM  

Khellendros: the tap water in most municipal water systems tastes like you're sucking on an old metal pipe


You've tasted the water from most municipal water systems?

How many?
 
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