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Bottled Water and the Developing World


By Erik on Jul 09, 2010 10:00 AM in Dieting & You

The statistics are jaw-dropping.  In the US, consumption of bottled water now surpasses that of milk, coffee, and beer, generating some 50 billion plastic bottles per year.  Despite the fact that most Americans have access to safe drinking water from public water sources thousands of times cheaper, bottled water consumption continues to rise exponentially.  While the debate at home rages on over the safety and environmental implications of our changing water supply, in much of the developing world bottled water consumption is also increasing at breakneck pace.  Here, though, it’s needed for survival.

Don’t Drink the Water

More than one billion people around the world lack access to drinkable water, mostly due to contamination from human sewage.  As travelers in countries with non-potable tap water, this has required increased vigilance with everything from brushing our teeth and taking showers to enjoying icy beverages.  While we try to follow the golden rule of “wash it, peel it, boil it, or forget it”, it’s nearly impossible to guarantee food is always contaminant-free, and something as simple as eating vegetables washed in tap water can lead to an unpleasant case of the “Traveler’s Tummy”.

Increasingly, people living in these countries depend upon bottled water as a clean and safe alternative to public sources.  As in the US and other rich countries, consumption rates have been rising dramatically in the developing world.  However, the poor of the world that cannot afford bottled water are often left to drink contaminated sources, leading to millions of sick and dead each year.  Some argue that access to drinkable water should be a basic human right that is being threatened by our increasing worldwide reliance on bottled water.

Consider the Alternatives

Luckily, there are alternatives to bottled water, which you can use at home or on the road.  Filtration systems can be used to improve the taste or remove harmful contaminants.  These filters can be as simple as devices attached to water bottles and pitchers up through large-scale systems designed to purify an entire house’s water supply.  Ultraviolet (UV) light is also a popular and effective method of treating water.  We carry a small battery-powered UV purifier which can quickly sanitize up to a liter of water at a time.   Larger systems are also available for home or office use, such as the UV-powered water cooler we have in the office at Calorie Count.

Drinking water is a precious natural resource many of us take for granted.  After just two months traveling in places where bottled water is a necessary part of day-to-day life, it’s become clear to me what a luxury it is for those of us that have a choice.


Your thoughts…

What’s your take on bottled water?


Calorie Count co-founder Erik Fantasia and his girlfriend, Heather Curtis, are currently traveling through Central America as part of a trip around the world.  You can follow their adventures online with Facebook and their blog.



Comments


I use a Brita water filter at home and use it to refill my empty drinking bottle.

If I am out and about, I try to stick to more local brands.  I am from the UK so try to stick to a British brand so less food miles.

I think we're a bit behind in the recycling stakes but I'm pleased to see recycling bins popping up around my town.

So DO drink the water but think twice about where it is sourced.



I believe too much of the cause for the increase of bottled water sales is greedy vendors in restaurants and concession stands who won't give a simple cup of water anymore but see the opportunity to charge $1-$2 each.



We have a local spring just a few miles from our house (comes fresh out of the mountain year round...ice cold!) ... I fill up 5-6 gallon jugs about 2 times a week. This is what we use as our "drinking water" at home. We use our tap water for cooking, cleaning, etc.



Bottled water (Eska) tastes better than tap water A 279; (Montreal, Quebec)

 



I'm so fortunate to live in the mountains where my water at home comes from an artesian well.  Very clean and very cold. However, at work we have city water which comes out of the tap brownish....I'm not about to drink that.  So, I bring my sports bottle to work and refill from our water cooler.



I've never posted before -- but this is a topic that I am VERY passionate about -- I live in the US and I have recently taken a personal "boycott" stance on bottled water.  I refuse to drink bottled water unless I am absolutely dying of thirst.  I do not wish to be a part of the problem of empty plastic bottles swimming in our oceans (or filling up our landfills at an alarming pace).  I do recycle religiously, but why add money to someone's corporate pocket when we can filter our water for pennies, compared to the dollars for water that's probably not much better than the water we drink from the tap?  I have been known to take a Coleman 2-gallon jug of ice water in the car on family trips.  All it takes is planning ahead!  No more buying bottled water for me!  and yes -- I am thankful to have access to clean drinking water.



Original Post by: joblini

Bottled water (Eska) tastes better than tap water A 279; (Montreal, Quebec)

 


This is the unfortunate problem in one statement. When bottled waters first came out people drank tap water and thought you were nuts if you paid good money for what was virtually free. However, marketing to the lowest common demoninator of the great unwashed masses (pun intended) led to people believing that somehow tap water was unsutable. Drink tap water and you will eventually get used to it and probably even get to like it just like everyone used to. If you don't then make tea or flavour it with lemon, lime or flavour crystals.

We are waste so much time worrying about carbon footprints and then drink water in disposible plastic bottles -- it's sad and funny at the same time.



I just picked up these reusable water bottles at the Container Store and love them. They store easily in the fridge and are freezer- and dishwasher-friendly. Plus, they are cute! I, too, have no patience with people who continue their bottled water habit.

http://www.containerstore.com/shop?productId=10024891&N= &Ntt=water+bottles

 



Lol, i live in the suburbs and drink my tap water without shame ;) And when I do buy bottled water I reuse the bottles for weeks at a time. Always have 2-3 bottles with cold tap water in my fridge- ahhh :D I personally dont like the taste of the minerally waters and stuff. Been drinking tap my whole life and it hasnt killed me yet :P!



I live in the UK and back home mum always got water from artesian well because she didn't like the smell from tap water and used to complain that her skin was too dry from the shower ... oh well.

Mum's know best they say and no matter how guilty I feel I just can't get rid of bottle water. Is heavy to bring from the shops, sometimes I can't find the brand I like, no matter how many I buy, I always run out of bottles quickly.

I recycle 100% though and this is the best I can do, unfortunately.

 



Why can't they change the packaging? It could be put into boxes like the kids' juice boxes. There must be some alternative that could be recycled.



I drink bottled water because I have a stomach condition that makes carbonated water the only thing I can drink without bad effects. I've tried water from a Britta filter and although better, it still irritates my throat and stomach. Yes, it's much better to just drink water from your tap, obviously. But, if I were drinking, say, Coca-Cola out of a bottle is that any better? No one seems to worry about that sort of bottled drink and it's just bottled water with flavorings, eh?



I recently purchased a new water system that they use in Japan and it is amazing.  We can now get a higher PH for better health and less acid,  we can clean our fruits and vegetables of all the pesticides and harmful sprays they use.  I never realized how much the taste is different when those chemicals are removed and tap water just doesn't clean them well enough.  It has a beauty water setting that we use instead of toner and it has a sanitizing water that disinfects.  I have felt so much better since drinking the water and my cats are hooked too.  No more bottled water or plastic residue.  I am very excited.  I get credits for any referrals so if you want to know more email me.  Thanks and happy water drinking....ps91kb@aol.com   Kim



What in the world does this have to do with dieting? Go write for some preachy environmental blog and get off of Calorie Count!



Original Post by: takingoffthepounds

I recently purchased a new water system that they use in Japan and it is amazing.  We can now get a higher PH for better health and less acid,  we can clean our fruits and vegetables of all the pesticides and harmful sprays they use.  I never realized how much the taste is different when those chemicals are removed and tap water just doesn't clean them well enough.  It has a beauty water setting that we use instead of toner and it has a sanitizing water that disinfects.  I have felt so much better since drinking the water and my cats are hooked too.  No more bottled water or plastic residue.  I am very excited.  I get credits for any referrals so if you want to know more email me.  Thanks and happy water drinking....ps91kb@aol.com   Kim


That is such a good point, most of the litter i see is coca cola bottles and other similar drinks. Im pretty sure the fizzy drinks industry is bigger than the bottled water industry so why no target them too.

I buy bottled water when I want to but then I also recycle and do my bit for third world charities so whats the problem!



I use a refillable container, and fill it from with tap water. Has anyone seen that commercial, "One hour on the treadmill, a lifetime in a landfill." Our tap water is fine to drink and if you are concerned then use a filtration system. But all of these plastic bottles are devastating to our planet.



Original Post by: wingedmonster

Lol, i live in the suburbs and drink my tap water without shame ;) And when I do buy bottled water I reuse the bottles for weeks at a time. Always have 2-3 bottles with cold tap water in my fridge- ahhh :D I personally dont like the taste of the minerally waters and stuff. Been drinking tap my whole life and it hasnt killed me yet :P!


I am glad to hear so many people saying that they actively avoid buying bottled water.  However, if you are filling water bottles to tote with you, be careful about what you put your water in.  The plastic bottles that water comes in should not be reused.  The plastic is meant to be disposable and with either begin to accumulate bacteria if not washed, or begin to break down and release toxins if washed repeatedly.  Invest in a good BPA-free sports bottle and tote your water everywhere!



I'm from a country where people can't drink water straight from the tap. I lived in the US for there years and really thought it was so convenient to have drinking water coming directly from the tap. I was really grateful to have that. I did use Brita to filter the water thought. I could not understand why people would need to buy bottled water except when it was necessary (such as being outdoor and, as one of the commenter said before, dying of thirst).

Now I'm back in my country, I still don't drink bottled water. It's expensive to begin with (consider how much water one needs each day and how many bottles one has to buy if lives solely on bottled water). And thinking of the pollution all those bottles are causing just makes me feel bad. I boil water from the tap. It's not as tasty as the tap water in the US for sure. I am still grateful that I only have boil the water before drinking it (after it cools of course). It's just one more step, filtering or boiling, and I'm glad I'm doing my part to reduce the pollution.

 



Original Post by: donrule

What in the world does this have to do with dieting? Go write for some preachy environmental blog and get off of Calorie Count!


Well, it has to do with overall health, which is one reason why people diet, or so I assume...

As for water, I just drink out of the tap because there's nothing wrong with it. We're fortunate enough to have potable, available water. It's frustrating when people really believe that tap water is the most disgusting, unhealthful stuff in the world when bottled water is probably the same exact water, but with a label.



Original Post by: lsposto

Original Post by: donrule

What in the world does this have to do with dieting? Go write for some preachy environmental blog and get off of Calorie Count!


Well, it has to do with overall health, which is one reason why people diet, or so I assume...

As for water, I just drink out of the tap because there's nothing wrong with it. We're fortunate enough to have potable, available water. It's frustrating when people really believe that tap water is the most disgusting, unhealthful stuff in the world when bottled water is probably the same exact water, but with a label.


It must be wonderful to be so much more enlightened then everyone else. We are honored to be in your electronic presence.



I was using a Pur facet filter, but it was clogging every 3 weeks, the filter is to small for the amount of sediment in the water. I just replaced it with a countertop filter from Aquasana. Will it last the 6 months it is rated, time will tell, but I will say the water tastes great.



Check out this website/video for a water bottle reality check:

http://storyofstuff.org/bottledwater/



These debates on bottled water always amaze me.   Everyone bashing bottled water.  For one, it does taste better.   But have you noticed how much less plastic is used for a bottle of water vs. soda bottles, juice containers etc?   Why is it that bottled water gets targeted and not other beverages?   And are statistics considered "jaw-dropping" when they show people are drinking more water than coffee, beer, or soda?   Maybe people are choosing a healthier drink for themselves and their children?   I was just in a road race on a very hot day with about 1000 other runners and everyone was given bottled water after the race.  I stood there wondering what we would all be doing if there was no bottled water.   Drinking from a hose maybe?    And then there are natural disasters, where everyone immediately turns to the bottled water companies for donations.   It's just all so hypocritical.  



I never buy bottled water if I can help it. Living in Kansas City and I am lucky to have some of the best tap water in the country. I fill up my 2 quart pitcher with tap water put it in the fridge and drink it when it gets cold. No filtering necessary!



Original Post by: thomas61

These debates on bottled water always amaze me.   Everyone bashing bottled water.  For one, it does taste better.   But have you noticed how much less plastic is used for a bottle of water vs. soda bottles, juice containers etc?   Why is it that bottled water gets targeted and not other beverages?   And are statistics considered "jaw-dropping" when they show people are drinking more water than coffee, beer, or soda?   Maybe people are choosing a healthier drink for themselves and their children?   I was just in a road race on a very hot day with about 1000 other runners and everyone was given bottled water after the race.  I stood there wondering what we would all be doing if there was no bottled water.   Drinking from a hose maybe?    And then there are natural disasters, where everyone immediately turns to the bottled water companies for donations.   It's just all so hypocritical.  


Very well written! Thank you!



Original Post by: lnewell28

Original Post by: wingedmonster

Lol, i live in the suburbs and drink my tap water without shame ;) And when I do buy bottled water I reuse the bottles for weeks at a time. Always have 2-3 bottles with cold tap water in my fridge- ahhh :D I personally dont like the taste of the minerally waters and stuff. Been drinking tap my whole life and it hasnt killed me yet :P!


I am glad to hear so many people saying that they actively avoid buying bottled water.  However, if you are filling water bottles to tote with you, be careful about what you put your water in.  The plastic bottles that water comes in should not be reused.  The plastic is meant to be disposable and with either begin to accumulate bacteria if not washed, or begin to break down and release toxins if washed repeatedly.  Invest in a good BPA-free sports bottle and tote your water everywhere!


Oh wow, I had no idea! This is what my family has been doing since I was LITTLE. When we next go to the store I'll have my mom buy some sports bottles (: Thank you!! I would've never guessed :o!



Enough about US drinking water being SAFE. Our "public" water system is over the federal limit for arsenic and standard water filters DO NOT remove arsenic... so no way am I letting my kids drink the water. Another town nearby overchlorinates the water which makes it taste like bleach and will kill your plants unless one lets the water sit before using. (What does that say about being safe for your body?) Also that system has an overabundance of manganese with which the chlorine reacts and the water is yellow. Needless to say few will drink that water.

I agree that many people actually drink more water when it is bottled. Note that bottles are recyclable (we recycle) and may return to your home as clothing or carpet or some other product using textiles.



I'm fine drinking my tap water.  My parents, who live 10 minutes away are on a well and the water is hard... so they have a softener.  Their water is disgusting!!  They bring in a large bottle for their cooler, as well as smaller bottles for when they go on their boat (the water tastes funny there too from the storage tank).  They do refill the smaller bottles from the larger one tho.  I have lived in an area where the water had a high iron and sulfur content, so we had to have a system that removed that... and the water was disgusting too... and no amount of filtering thru a Brita helped.  When I travel I can't drink the local water, even if it's safe to drink because I get that upset stomach and it lasts for weeks after I return home... so I will drink bottled while I'm away so I can avoid the weeks of discomfort.  I also recycle... so I don't feel guilty about occasionally indulging in a bottle or two.



We live in Johnson County Kansas and the tap water taste great here. I do not feel the need to filter it at all. I had it tested once by some guy wanting to sale me a filtration system and it came through with flying colors. Our communities spend a lot on money treating our water and we are so fortunate to have clean water. I only buy water when I am on the road and want the conveinence of bottled water.



This is an issue that we all need to be responsible about, but I think the distributors of bottled water should be held at the forefront of accountability by using more eco friendly materials and in developing less waste. Bottled water is convenient and probably increases our water intake. I no longer buy it by the package, to keep in the fridge at home, but have reusable containers and fix my own water. I DO still buy bottled water when I am away from home and get thirsty. I am thankful for this country we live in and that we have safe tap drinking water, etc. We are all responsible for this land and we need to find happy mediums for a lot of our issues. While bottled water may have passed others up in sales volume, when you combine all the other bottled beverages, soda, juice, sports drinks, etc...as a whole, they out weigh the water! Plus, start noticing many other products that you buy, with huge amounts of unnecessary packaging! Water bottling companies are not the only ones guilty. Manufacturers need to shape up.



We can't use a filter at our house -- the water is literally so filled with JUNK that we go through a filter after three or four days. I drink the junky water now by itself, but some days it is a challenge -- I try to get most of my water while I'm at work because it is much better. The UV filtration system is a good idea, I'll check in to that.



I totally agree with this statement!!!!



Likewise for me, our water is drinkable but it is very bad. It wrecks our home appliances. I have to replace faucets on a regular basis. However, rather than buying single bottles of water, we buy gallons. 89 cents for a gallon of spring water is far cheaper than buying a dozen 20 oz bottles or even worse, paying $1 or more for a single bottle at the gas station or from a vending machine.



I live in Spain, in the campo, we do not have running potable water. Nor do we have access to a natural source. So we use bottled water for cooking, cleaning teeth and drinking.

I used to live in the UK and found the water in my area had a chemical smell and taste, so I used bottle water there as well.

I also lived in Oregon for a short while and found the water to have an overwhelmingly chemical smell and taste, to the point that even soft drinks sold in restaurants (from the pump) etc smelled and tasted of cholrine. )Just my opinion and yse I know it's Flourine)

I also feel that soft drinks sold in cans and bottles are as much to blame for pollution / litter etc as anything else.  For me it's not enough to say At least the packaging is recyclable, if the individual doesn't recycle then it goes to landfill. 

Also here in Spain if something is plastic and it has the recycle logo you can drop it in the plastic recycle container, which is not the same experience my family in the UK have, where only certain things are allowed to be recycled or they could be fined! In Spain over 60% of the population recycle and it is made very easy to do so. 

I'm not trying to preach here just add another aspect to the discussion, please be aware that it's not just third world countries that do not have, as a matter of course, running potable water for all. 

And if we are to recycle packaging at least make it easy for people to do!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se12y9hSOM0

This is a very good, short documentary about bottled water-where it comes from, where the bottles go.



Original Post by: shisa

We have a local spring just a few miles from our house (comes fresh out of the mountain year round...ice cold!) ... I fill up 5-6 gallon jugs about 2 times a week. This is what we use as our "drinking water" at home. We use our tap water for cooking, cleaning, etc.


I'm so jealous!!!

But I use my tap water and a purifier. I gave up on bottled water a long time ago when I realized it was such a waste and completely unnecessary.



The "Dasani" brand of bottled water we get here in quebec IS in fact Toronto tap water that has simply been filtered. They are most probably not the only ones that do that either. Tap water can be filtered, UVed, boiled or whatever, if its IN your tap, it shouldn't be dangerous or the government would TELL YOU not to drink it. As for a question of taste, GET USED TO IT. Bottled water is more than just a luxury, its a plague and recycling should NOT rid your conscience of guilt. Only a percentage of plastic recycled is re-used, and MAKING the plastic itself is insanely polluting for the environment. Bottled water is worst because we fill rich ppl's pockets, but environmentally wise, all plastic bottled beverages are bad. Sports bottles, canisters, tupperwares... i bring ALL my drinks around in them, even juice, the ocasional soft drink, coffee whatever. Buy in bulk and stop loving those polluting *individual portions*.

Feels good to rant!

 



I think its great that kids and adults are reaching for the bottled water instead of the bottled pops and sugary juices. But no good deed goes unpunished ! The waste of plastic bottles is a problem. They can be successfully recycled but they are ending up in our oceans and land fills. Our household uses reusable water bottles and fill up our water jug at the local PCC (co-op) grocery stores. My kids take their own lunches and water to school and activities. 



Our river comes from an underground river, so it isn't recycled sewage like city water and it doesn't have fluoride in it which has been proven to be possibly harmful when consumed consistently.  We still mostly drink Deer Park bottled water only because it is the only bottled natural spring water that tastes good.  Most bottled waters are still just purified tap water.



Original Post by: thomas61

These debates on bottled water always amaze me.   Everyone bashing bottled water.  For one, it does taste better.   But have you noticed how much less plastic is used for a bottle of water vs. soda bottles, juice containers etc?   Why is it that bottled water gets targeted and not other beverages?   And are statistics considered "jaw-dropping" when they show people are drinking more water than coffee, beer, or soda?   Maybe people are choosing a healthier drink for themselves and their children?   I was just in a road race on a very hot day with about 1000 other runners and everyone was given bottled water after the race.  I stood there wondering what we would all be doing if there was no bottled water.   Drinking from a hose maybe?    And then there are natural disasters, where everyone immediately turns to the bottled water companies for donations.   It's just all so hypocritical.  


Good thing I also don't drink soda or juice! I also try to get my coffee into reusable dishware as much as possible. I'm glad my job has mugs instead of styrofoam cups, and I buy my own mugs.

For those who do still use a lot of plastic in soda/juice, etc, but not for water, good for you! You have to start somewhere.

Then again, if you don't care at all, good for you too! It's your life...



I'm sorry, tap water just doesn't go well with me at all, it takes different even if it's been filtered with brita (which I have). It always has and it probably always will have that weird metal taste that I can't stand in water. I'm going to continue buying bottled water, it doesn't effect my grocery bills at all since I always get it on sale where I live. Good article but there's not one person that can change my mind on this subject.



Wow... I used this web site to help me lose weight and gain some sound nutritional information.

Now I get the added bonus of a free "guilt trip" because we "greedy" Americans dare to drink (horrors!) bottled water supplied by our rapacious and eeeevvviiiilllllll corporations.

 

Thanks CalorieCount.  I look forward to more poorly sourced fear mongering in the future.

 

 



getting water on sale is still PAYING for something thats usually free! Suit your stubborn self (you DO get used to the taste) but dont go lying about it not changing your grocery bill! Its small amounts at a time, but you could probably go on a great vacation after a year or two of constantly buying the stuff. I hope you at least recycle.



Johnrtorres a healthy body USUALLY has a healthy mind, and sound minds start by being aware of our sickening planet and being environmentally conscious. If thats not what you want then don't read the article and continue your so significant life.



Original Post by: vicenspice

The "Dasani" brand of bottled water we get here in quebec IS in fact Toronto tap water that has simply been filtered. They are most probably not the only ones that do that either. Tap water can be filtered, UVed, boiled or whatever, if its IN your tap, it shouldn't be dangerous or the government would TELL YOU not to drink it. As for a question of taste, GET USED TO IT. Bottled water is more than just a luxury, its a plague and recycling should NOT rid your conscience of guilt. Only a percentage of plastic recycled is re-used, and MAKING the plastic itself is insanely polluting for the environment. Bottled water is worst because we fill rich ppl's pockets, but environmentally wise, all plastic bottled beverages are bad. Sports bottles, canisters, tupperwares... i bring ALL my drinks around in them, even juice, the ocasional soft drink, coffee whatever. Buy in bulk and stop loving those polluting *individual portions*.

Feels good to rant!

 


Our Government does not tell us anything about our water!

 In the town I live in the is a local blotter that comes out once a month, on the last page of this 15 page blotter there is a small "blurb" about our water being contaminated with radion and barium! No big deal right??? Except they just happen to mention that "you do not need to seek an outsource of water, however studies have shown that prolonged ingestion could leed to high blood pressure and increase risk of cancer." BUT no big deal, keep drinking it!

It is insane to think that the "government" is going to come to my town and let us know not to drink the water!

Recycle, recycle, recycle!

I try to always do my part...like re-use cloth bags for grocery shopping! People should be more in an uproar about that! We can't even put them in our recycling bins!

Yes it does feel good to rant! :)



If tap water tastes okay I will drink it. Where I live (in BC, Canada) Our towns water is always having problems so we fill the large water coolers at the local water filter place for $2 a water cooler. Tastes soooooo good. We drink that, and use the tap water for cooking if we don't have a water advisory. Glad to say its been awhile since we had an advisory but the water is bluey/green and smells like chlorine all the time, kind of gross. I like to use my refillables bottles but must say if I am stuck I would rather have a bottled water over a pop.

We always recycle  ...........reusable shopping bags, recycle all plastic, carboard and glass. We take our bottles back for money. Recycling is a huge thing here, people go thru the trash for thrown out bottles and collect them for the $$.

I was shocked when traveling in Arizona that they do NOT have a deposit on bottles, so there is not incentive to recycle,that would cause a lot of trash.



Seriously? Have you read any dieting website that hasn't lauded the benefits of drinking water?  With increased water consumption comes (in some cases) increased plastic consumption.  This an enlightening article for those that perhaps never really thought about all the plastic waste they are generating and maybe through ideas presented from others, could modify their usage.  Constructive dialog is always beneficial.  Negative snarking - not so much.



I rarely drink bottled water, only if I'm on travel out of town and don't have access to my filtered water. I used to use Brita, but over the past year I've switched to "ZERO Water". I think it really has the best taste of all-- i.e. no taste. 

I often add a slice of lemon or lime to my glass to encourage myself to drink more.   Sometimes I'll use my infusion pitcher with various fruits of the summer such as blueberries, strawberries, watermelon.



i read a few posts and of all the complaints i would like to say:

using a filtration system instead of bottled water: well, when i lived in canada, i used the brita and for the most part it was good, no problem. now i live in a country that does not have good tasting tap water, and frankly, i don't want to risk stomach problems or whatever. so, i buy bottled water. i used the tap water to shower, and to make tea or boil vegetables etc.. because it is being boiled. but when i make rice, or drink juice, i use bottled water. filtration systems are very expensive here, so that is not an option. they don't sell brita stuff here either. no choice.

when i lived in canada, i remember living in quebec and to those that say just get used to the tap water, i say, sorry, no thanks! it is disgusting, smell , taste ...good grief, bottled water is the only way to go there where i lived.

i grew up with tap water and it was ok, but not all places have good tap water. even where we lived there were advisorys often. the only good tap water i have had is from home wells.otherwise, getting it from the local stream is even better than the tap.

if they start making decent tap water, people might use it, but otherwise, unless you can't afford it, i'd rather buy it bottled.

stop selling it and i can't buy it. simple. otherwise, yes, i will keep buying it. i would rather not, but the alternative is just too gross.



I agree with vicenspice. Even when travelling (North America) I take my own bottle and fill it from taps in hotels, airports, and other public places. With the exception of some remote areas or during flood season, there's NO reason for most of us to not drink tap water. I think it's naive to assume the bottled water you buy is "better" than tap water just because it has mountains on the label.

Granted I live in a place that has great city water, but I've yet to be anywhere where the water from the tap tasted so bad that I felt I had to buy a bottle.

I'm often amused that people will buy bottled water, yet they have no problem drinking fountain pop/iced tea (diet or otherwise). What do they think the syrup is mixed with? Bottled water at $2 per shot? Not likely.

Oh I too love the rant ;)

 



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