Myths about Bottled Water being better than Tap Water...

@coffeebreak (17824)
United States
September 2, 2008 9:35pm CST
I'd learned this last summer when Nestle and Pepsi both admited that their bottled water was just extra filtered municipal water. My husband after 60 years of drinking tap water has profoundly decided that bottle is Much more better and refuses to drink tap water. I emailed this to him...let you know what he says...if it is printable http://www.marieclaire.com/life/healthy/health-tips/bottled-water-myth?src=syn&dom=yah_buzz&mag=mar&ha=1 What do you think? Does it change your mind?
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14 responses
@bfarrier1 (2083)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I have always drank tap water and I did see the Nestle,Pepsi thing once I always figured it was just a scheme to make money,my girls always drink the bottled water and when they leave their bottles here I fill them with tap water and next time they come they want cold water I give that to them and never heard any complaints.I hope your having a great night.
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@bfarrier1 (2083)
• United States
6 Sep 08
Some people just cant be fooled I guess.Have a pleasant evening.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
6 Sep 08
Has nothing to do with "fooling" him.. has to do with saving money and not wasting what little we have. I skimp and save and do without and drink the tap water with the intent of saving money, but all it does is what I save just goes toward funding his "name brand only" arrogance.
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
8 Sep 08
It shouldn't take people by surprise that it is so. I never thought that bottled water was better than tap water, because it isn't necessarily so. However sometimes, specially during summer months, the amounts of disinfecting agents in the tap water make the taste change somewhat and that is what I don't like. I know, I know, water is supposed to have no taste, but it really does, depending on the minerals naturally present and whatever is added to it to make it drinkable. I happen to drink bottled water because of the taste. I don't like aquafina or dasani for the same reason - the taste - but other people like those just fine. Nestle pure life is actually one that I enjoy the taste, and I really don't care if it's tap water. I have nothing against tap water :) I also like canadian mountains and some other that don't taste to heavy. SO in answer to your question it does not change my mind, because I never felt that tap water was not good. It actually is very good. It's checked and re-checked often to make sure it is drinkable and won't get anyone sick. My reasons to drink bottled other than the convenience of being able to bring it with me for when I"m thirsty, are the taste, as I said above, not the fear of tap water.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Yeah, anyone that really thought that the bottle waters were actually from "pure mountain springs" has probably drank to much of that "special water" in them thar jugs out back!!!!
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@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
3 Sep 08
I've always thought bottled water was ridiculous. You can get it from a well, or tap for free. Most tap water ain't even good for you (it's why we had a well growing up). I NEED those minerals in the water, dangit...elsewise its hard for me to drink the water. They're basically charging you a ridiculous amount for your own water which you could probably filter yourself to get the same taste. It's the biggest scam ever, I think...and I've never bought it and I'm glad.
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
4 Sep 08
The thing is, it is regular tap/municipal water. Same that goes through your tap. THey just filter it another time or two. WHo knows, maybe what they filter out are the vitamins and things that might be the reason for the taste difference.
• United States
4 Sep 08
It's why I don't drink city water. They usually use a whole bunch of chemicles and stuff to treat it...and I'm pretty sure their filters aren't partial to bad stuff in the water, they probably get rid of the good too. I get my water from a spring or well, that's the only water I'll drink. I agree though, most people're better off filtering their own water.
@NettyB (336)
• United States
3 Sep 08
I must say I am not at all surprised. I like Dasani bottled water, I will have to check the label and see who bottles that. I really can taste the difference between it and my tap water and also between it and other brands of bottled water. I have a PUR water pitcher in my fridge and use that at home, the only time I buy bottled water is when we travel.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
4 Sep 08
AquaFina was one of them - forget if Pepsi or Nestle and I dont' remember hte other one. But quite frankly, I have tasted the Aquafina and it doesn't taste very good at all!
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
3 Sep 08
I found out this past summer that UNLESS its been stated somewhere on the bottle, most bottled water is just extra filtered tap water..HOWEVER I still think its better..NOT because the water is different, its the filth in the lines and taps themselves that make it taste disgusting..Realistically, how many ppl "flush" their pipes and taps...I live in a very old home and though our kitchen is more modern its still 20 yrs old...thats a lot of crap built up in those taps ya know...
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@drannhh (15003)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Right, when our neighbor lady had an off-hours problem with her toilet, I went over to help her out and it was just a simple adjustment so I had her up and running in no time, but I noticed that she had never had an anti-siphon device put in, and when I mentioned it would be a good idea, she never heard of it. So much for city code and annual inspections and all that good stuff. At our other home the tap water smelled like sewage, so I had to put in some in-house filtration. I read all the clean water reports showing how wonderful our water was supposed to be, but when you can smell sewage, guess what, it is SEWAGE! And that is where tap water comes from, recycled sewage. But coffeebreak is right that we can't trust most of the bottled water either. So in my view reverse osmosis or some equally effective system is not a luxury but a necessity.
@bonbon664 (3480)
• Canada
3 Sep 08
I think bottled water is the biggest scam ever inflicted on people. You pay more for a bottle of water than you would for the same amount of gasoline. I admit, sometimes I do buy bottled spring water if I'm on the road, but, at home 100% tap water. Our water her has a good taste, and I've never had a problem with it.
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
4 Sep 08
They are selling convenience and "prestiage". How'd we all get by before plastic water bottles to house our thirsts!
@yparson (582)
• United States
3 Sep 08
Most companies use filtered or purified water which in my opinion is still tap water all the same. I mostly drink spring water which has a sweet taste to it. Have you ever tried drinking the tap water in Los Angeles? Yuh.
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Yeah, I"m pretty close to Los Angeles... I have no problem with it.
@drannhh (15003)
• United States
3 Sep 08
Well, no it doesn't change my mind, because I would never drink tap water either. I filter my own or buy it from a trusted vendor where the water is filtered on site and the facilities cleaned and inspected on a regular schedule. Of course some communities have better water than others, but I don'[t even bathe or wash my hands in unfiltered tap water, using separate filtration systems under every sink and a shower filter in addition to a 3-stage whole house filter in the garage.
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Nice that you can have that! Thing is...municipal water has been around for decades and decades and everyone has drank it and not had any problems. I told my husband, "you've been drinking municipal water for 60 years, if it hasn't killed you by now or cause you any other problems, I'd say you're are pretty safe that you'll be okay to contiue drinking it".
• United States
3 Sep 08
When I was a kid....only the so called rich people bought water from bottles.. My goodness we even drank from a garden hose on a hot summer day.. But I will admit I never drink tap water..Has a kind of metallic after taste.. I only try to buy it when its on sale.. My ice tea just seems to taste better.
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
4 Sep 08
You are just not used to it. When we moved to Texas, we had our own well. That water tasted so icky! But we got used to it and found out it was just the difference in taste between fresh water and treated municipal water.
• United States
3 Sep 08
I didn't know that! However, I feel just a tad better that I spent $40 for a water filter on my faucet just for the convenience of not having to trek my bottles to the water store or buy more bottled water. I still have to buy replacement filters for the water system, so I'll never save money. It's just nice to have decent tasting water that comes out of the tap.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I don't have a problem with filters - you're just doing what the bottle companies are doing - and not charging people for nothing but convenience and a 'status' look!
@mykmari_08 (2466)
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
Honestly, I've never heard these claims by Nestle and Pepsi until now and from you. But even without these claims, I personally am not a big fan of bottled water. But this does not mean that I don't purchase any liquids contained in bottles. As a matter-of-fact, my husband and I do; but we don't do this on a regular basis. Usually, we buy bottled liquids and beverages (water, juices, soda, buco or coconut water) whenever we travel through the public transport (public utility buses or vehicles) going to and from the province. Our trips usually take more than five hours and even if we did bring a bottle of water with us, we consume more than what we brought, on the average. On my own point of view, I'm quite curious and doubtful at the same time as to why these bottled liquids were produced. Are they really safer than the tap water? I really believe that one reason is to introduce this to the market and make a big business out of it. And by making negative or positive "claims" out of it, they are making a big profit in the process. So, I'd say that I personally am staying with the tap water and patronizing bottled liquids on certain occasions.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I heard on the news last year (about August) about the Pepsi and Nestle admitting theirs was only filtered an additional time (or 2) but that it was municipal water nad supposedly they now have that on the label. It ran for about 10 days as "top news". I haven't check, don't really care! I dont' buy. I will buy a case (24) just so I have the bottles and just keep refilling them with the tap and having cold water in the fridge! They started the bottled water, cause they found a market of buyers. Trust me, if MY husband fell for this, they have their corner on the market cause he don't "fall" or believe anything!
• United States
4 Sep 08
It won't change my mind. I never ever drink bottled water. I have always thought it was a bunch of crap. I don't think we should have to buy any water much less bottled water. I think I have drank bottled water about 3 times and that was because it was flavored. I saw a documentary that showed that a lot of the bottled water is taken out of taps anyway. People don't ever stop to think about the fact that it takes oil to make those plastic bottles they leave laying all over the place now. That oil used to make the bottles only raises the demand for oil, thus helping to raise our gas prices.
• United States
4 Sep 08
Oh, yeah I forgot to mention the fact that now our landfills are filling even faster because some people who drink bottled water take the time to throw the bottles in the trash.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Yes, there is more to it all! I see the plastic bottles on the ground all the time!
• United States
4 Sep 08
I liked it when they only dropped the soda cans. At least when I pick those up I get .05.
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I have drank municipal water that tastes like mud and worse. Nasty. I know of a house where the well water can be smelled 4 feet away from the sink after running it. I do not like all bottled water but I do know that it will taste consistently good. I use a Brita filter at home and also have a water cooler. I am sorry, I Have to agree with your husband. Bottle water is better.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Well, municipal has been in his veins for 60 and he has been totally healthy and now that he is "all bottled" he is sick with one thing or another! Plus, aside from that - again, he has been drinking it for 60 years and never complained about it until now.
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Maybe 60 years of drinking that water caught up to him. I don't think i would blame bottle water for anyone's ailments.
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
5 Sep 08
No the bottle water is not his problem. Arrogance is! He is fine, would remain fine and die fine on tap water!
@kyellis (105)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I had heard this also. However, if you are more selective in your choice you can find really good, pur water in bottles, they just aren't distributed by Pepsi or Nestle. In Central Oregon, where I live, we have a bottler that gets its water from a pure spring. In fact that is where our tap water comes from. It seems pure water, what should be one of our natural born rights to have, is becoming short in supply. Do some research and find a water that is in fact from a pure form. They are out there. Pepsi and Nestle are interested in making money first, last and always.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
4 Sep 08
They also said things like those companies that say "spring water" or "from the mountians" are not really as they are portrayed.