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Old 02-02-2007, 03:50 PM   #16
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we HAVE to buy the water or boil it and filtrate it



Our water (if we have it , since we are in a middle of a crisis here) is not good enough
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Old 02-02-2007, 04:19 PM   #17
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I've got a Lively Arts group coming in, and in their contract they DEMAND only Poland Spring water (it actually specifically says "No Evian" too!) Too bad for them, because that water isn't sold anywhere in this area. Now that's just snobby!
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It's pointless.
I only buy bottled water if I am not already in posession of a necessary bottle to use for refilling from a harmless little tap.

Otherwise, it's a case of have bottle, will use....and use and use and use and use....
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:45 PM   #19
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I only use bottled waters when I need water at a time/place where no other option is available
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I'm of the camp that will buy a bottle occasionally, then fill it up for weeks with the drinking fountain/tap water at home.

It really is ridiculous, how much we spend on something we get for free in our own homes.
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:36 PM   #21
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^^^I do the same

and I agree that it is a crime that millions of people are without clean water. I feel guilty when I think about it.
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I would not say it is wrong to buy Bottled water but WHY if you have perfectly fine tap water! Tap water can be very beneficial especially when Flouride (helps fight tooth decay!) is added to it.......i believe that's the case in all of Australian states but don't quote me on that.

Although in Oz, the bottled water companies are rubbing their hands together right now as they are preparing for the insurgence of freaked out water drinkers when it comes to the de-salinisation campaigns that's going ahead.
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Our apartment has nasty tap water too but for some reason if I fill a jug or glass and let it sit for a little while it tastes fine.
Is it a slightly cloudy when it comes out, and then the cloudiness disappears? If so it might be to do with pressurised carbon dioxide being used to help move water up floors.
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I drink tap water where I live now because it tastes fine. I used to drink bottled water growing up because the tap water tasted bad (and it was also found out later on that there was too much copper or something in it). I think my teeth may have suffered from the lack of flouride though because I seem to get a lot of cavities.
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I would not say it is wrong to buy Bottled water but WHY if you have perfectly fine tap water! Tap water can be very beneficial especially when Flouride (helps fight tooth decay!) is added to it.......i believe that's the case in all of Australian states but don't quote me on that.

Although in Oz, the bottled water companies are rubbing their hands together right now as they are preparing for the insurgence of freaked out water drinkers when it comes to the de-salinisation campaigns that's going ahead.
I reckon this desalination plant will be the final nail in the coffin for nsw labor!
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Everybody in Saipan drinks bottled water. The water from the tap is completely unsafe for drinking. Most of us get the big blue five gallon jugs which the various water companies refill for us.

I do reuse the same personal water bottle for maybe a week at a time. For some reasons I can't fathom, I have a hard time drinking from cups. I drink a lot more water when I have a bottle for some reason.

However, I've heard that reusing plastic water bottles is not particularly safe as bacteria can build up from reuse and also sometimes the plastic starts to breakdown leaching toxins into the water. But I do it anyway.
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I moved into a brand new building in September (wasn't even totally finished yet at that point) and the water just tastes weird. I don't know what it is exactly, but there's an off taste about it. So I prefer either bottled water or I dump in some Crystal Light into the tap water, no calories and the flavour of it is disguised.
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Old 02-03-2007, 07:13 PM   #28
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In Australia they mix it with some chlorine or something.
It tastes like chlorine, so I think they use it.
I don't know if you Aussies taste that, but I definitely did.

Here in Germany, carbonized water is very common, so most drink bottled water.
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Old 02-03-2007, 07:32 PM   #29
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The tap water here is potable, but tastes awful, so I have a Brita filter. I filter all the water I use for eating, cooking, or giving to my cats and dogs. While I do occasionally buy bottled water when I'm travelling, mostly I fill several bottles I have with the filtered water and use that.

I'm not sure buying bottled water is wrong (as several people have noted in many places it is necessary, but I'm assuming the question is to those in places where it isn't necessary), but it does seem very wasteful, especially since a great deal of bottled water is merely filtered tap water and most people can easily do that themselves.
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I'm not sure buying bottled water is wrong (as several people have noted in many places it is necessary, but I'm assuming the question is to those in places where it isn't necessary), but it does seem very wasteful, especially since a great deal of bottled water is merely filtered tap water and most people can easily do that themselves.
Yeah, I agree. The bottle is what makes me think it's wasteful. I don't know if this is true in other places, but our grocery stores sell giant jugs of the good water and then they all have a refilling machine in the beverage isle, so you bring your jug in a refill it every week or so and get the good water, instead of buying dozens of plastic bottles (and the other plastic packaging) every time.

Each summer we spend two weeks renting my mom's cousin's cottage and his well water is terrible. It smells really bad and tastes awful - it's not healthy - but he hasn't had money to fix the well. We go to another cottage and fill up our re-used milk jugs every few days. I'm not picky about water, but I can barely standing washing the dishes with the bad water. The lake water looks/smells cleaner than the tap!
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