Would you drink tap water to save money?

Philippines
November 30, 2008 9:34am CST
Would you be willing to drink or let your kids drink tap water in order to save money? Some people say they boil their water, but that would mean either electric or fuel consumption. Others buy mineral water by the gallons to consume at home. We also buy mineral water, we consume probably around 5-8 gallons a day. If you were looking for ways to save money, would this be something you would do? give up mineral water or boiling water and drink tap water instead?
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@xbrendax (2668)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Of course I drink tap water, why not? Our city makes sure our water is the best that it can be, so I see no reason NOT to drink it. I DO buy a bottle of water now and then but that's only if I am out somewhere and am craving a cool drink of water but can't find a fountain.
@Beruang (1309)
• Malaysia
1 Dec 08
It depends on how clean that water is as if the water is not clean then it would contain lots of germs and bacterias and that would definitely not be good for anybody. If you drink that dirty tap water, you might get sick and when you get sick you need to see the doctor and then you need to pay the doctor. Then the doctor would prescribe some medications for you to buy and take and that would cost you some more money. In the end, the money that you supposedly saved by not boiling the water first might not even be enough for you to pay the doctor and the medicines that you need to buy. So, think carefully before taking such actions. Think about the consequences and not just the short term aspects of it. Be safe and happy mylotting. Cheers!
• Mauritius
30 Nov 08
i think your right but most of the people don't have the same opinion. some they think they are too wealthy that they can't drink tap water or some are scared for their health. for me its just stupid things.drinking tap water for me its normal.
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• United States
1 Dec 08
Yeah, I think its stupid too, spending all that money on water that is supposedly better for you, I don't think there is anything wrong with drinking tap water, we do, our water is good, it tastes good, so many people are just scared of everything. You didn't hear anything about this 50 yrs. ago, theres alot of things they did back then, that would be considered not sanitary now, and they are still alive, nothing ever happened to them.
• Philippines
20 Jul 09
I don't think our tap water here is clean enough. I hear a lot of news about people getting sicknesses and tummy ache because of the water. I don't want to take risks with my young kids.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
30 Nov 08
I have always drank water from the tap. Here in the states most water from the tap is safe. I never was much of one for drinking mineral water. 5 to 8 gallons of water is a lot of water to buy every day. I do have a water filter Pitcher that I use sometimes. I only use bottled water when going away from home.
• Philippines
15 Aug 09
Good thing you don't have to worry whether drinking tap water is safe or not. Thanks for responding to my discussion
@kellys3ps (3728)
• United States
30 Nov 08
There is arsenic in our tap water, so I would not drink it to save money.
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@breezie (1249)
• Canada
30 Nov 08
In that situation I would definitely be sticking to bottled water.
• United States
9 Dec 08
We drink tap water most of the time. There was a time when our tap water was contaminated and we had to go to bottled water for a while but we just cant afford to drink it daily. I guess it depends a lot on where you live and the quality of the water there.
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
2 Dec 08
We drink water from my refrigerator. It has a filter on the back of the refrigerator that the water goes through. So, yes it is tap water - just filtered through the refrigerator's system. It is always nice and cold and it does taste better than the water that comes directly from the tap. I think we must be saving money by using that filter as opposed to drinking bottled water. We used to get bottled water but had to cut costs on our bills. I think it is probably almost as good as the bottled water. Have a nice day and happy myLotting!!!
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I have city water and most times it taste of chlorine and because of this I drink less water then I need to. So I bought a PUR water filtration system and now I drink water alot more and it is not as costly as bottled water. I guess all water wherever it comes from has impurities in it. I know some think it is a waste of money to buy filters but for my piece of mind and knowing that I am now getting the water that I need is all that counts. I haven't tried boiling it to see if it taste better though. but the electric I would waste heating it up to boiling would probably almost pay for a filter for my water filtration pitcher.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
1 Dec 08
The water that we get directly from our taps is very clean and drinkable, and one will not get sick drinking from it. There's no real need to buy mineral water for drinking. Mostly the foreigners will buy these, because they don't realize how hygenic our tap water really is. But we still take the necessary precaution and boil our water anyway for drinking. Maybe it is a habitual thing since we have been boiling water from years back. It doesn't cost us much in electricity because we only have to boil around 2 kettles a day. If I have to save money or be more frugal in household spending, I will use less air-conditioning and water-heating. I will also eat less at fancy restaurants, choose cheaper brands for my groceries and drive less to save on gasoline usage.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I lie in Minnesota USA and the filtrations system for our water supply cleanses the water very well. I do not buy bottled water as it is so exspensive. So in actuality I save money by drinking tap water as it is. There are many ways to save on water. There are homes that collect rain water and condensation then filter/process that into drinking water. That is the way I'd go as opposed to boiling moineral water etc. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~~
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• United States
30 Nov 08
Where I live, in the United States, tap water is safe and cheap. Bottled water is used mostly by people who've been convinced that it's somehow safer or better than tap water. A lot of those people are now going back to tap water because bottled water is expensive and wasteful.
• United States
1 Dec 08
Yes, I agree. Thankfully we have drinkable, tasty well water for our home. Bottled water, untainted is OK, if you can find it. The labels report additives and filterings that make me suspect of them altogether. So much depends on where you live.
• Philippines
20 Jul 09
I agree, it does depend on where you live. In our country, people try to drink mineral water as long as they can afford it. I think its a lot better to spend on water than on hospitalization caused by drinking tap water.
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
In our house it's only the kids who drink distilled water, the adults drink tap water.I don't drink mineral or distilled water, or seldom if i have to since i just don't like to taste of processed water. Cheers!
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
I guess that is because the adults have stronger immune systems to fight of bacteria. I don't want to risk my kids either that is why I stick to mineral water.
@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
6 Nov 09
There's nothing wrong with the tap water where I live. It tastes great. It's refreshing. Put it in a jug and keep it in the fridge to keep it cold. And it saves me plenty of money from buying overpriced bottled water.
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
Its good that you don't have to buy mineral water like us. As long as you are sure that your tap water is clean, then you don't really have to spend for bottled water anymore
@balasri (26554)
• India
24 Sep 09
No way.The tap water in our country is not potable.So I insist on mineral water from the good companies only.I can save money on something else but not of water which is the elixir of life.
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
I guess if the water in your country is not potable then you don't really have a choice but to buy mineral water. Some countries claims to have potable water but then we are not really sure how safe the water is since some people still tend to get sick from drinking the water.
• United States
20 Jul 09
I don't think I would ever drink pure water from my sink because I have no idea how clean it is. I have tried boiling the water ones before because we did not have any galon water and it was night and I was thursty and I also needed to make a boled of formula for my baby. But the taste is not so goog even if it is boiled and also having to boil water ones or more times a day is just going to be expensive. I had the machine for the 5 gallon water botel but I got a little filter for mi fosit I think is is called Pur. It was 20 dollars with the filter and the water tastes good and I am saving money on electricity and also and not haveing to pay almost 2 dollars per 5 gallon botels. I have had this filter for two months and so far I have not changed the filter because it those not need a change at the moment it is showing that it is ok and that it still has halph way to go. I have saved so far around 24 dollar since I normally would wates 2 dollars on each 5 gallons and we would use about 12 of them a month.
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
I think the filter is doing a good enough work to keep your drinking water clean, at least you don't have to spend that much money compared to when you have to buy mineral water all the time
@ank_47 (1963)
• India
23 Apr 09
i don;t drink tap water ,as i feel that ,that water is good to health.in our country tap water is not purified and so i won't drink it. i will boil water and keep it for warm and then i will drink. or i will buy mineral water. now in my house ,i have put one filter ,which gives more purified water than mineral water.starting we have put some money on it, buy we are safe now without putting any money and any strain.
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
Good idea about the water filter, maybe my husband and I should consider that too. Especially since we are a lot in the house, having a filter can probably save us some money.
• India
22 Apr 09
hi. water in our locality is of very poor standards and it may not be safe to drink directly without taking any measures to sterilize it. so we use aquaguard to purify water before drinking. i would not mind investing a small amount in making water safe to drink rather than risking my health. who knows, may end up spending more in curing my illness from unsafe water than spending to clean the drinking water. have a nice day.
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
you are right, better invest on prevention than cure. A little investment would be worth it to avoid the expenses and inconveniences of being sick.
@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
5 Apr 09
When I lived in Pittsburgh PA all I drank was tap water. The water was very good. I couldn't tell the differance between city water and bottled water. At my mother in laws house which was bout 20 mins away I didn't drink her tap water it was pretty gross. Here in Florida where I live now I don't drink the tap water it is horriable. All you taste is chloriene and flouride. YUCK! I have a brita pitcher and run ALL water I use through it first.
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
I am curious about the brita pitcher that you mentioned, I wonder if it is enough to clean tap water and to change the taste? Maybe if I invest in something like that instead to drink mineral water all the time, I can save some money... thanks for the idea, I will research on that to see if we have those here
@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
5 Apr 09
Mineral water isn't really expensive here in the Philippines so even middle classed families can easily afford them. I wouldn't give up on mineral water and use tap water instead because getting sick from all the harmful bacteria that untreated water contains would cause me more than ordering a gallon of water a day. Thanks for the response on my discussion!
• Philippines
20 Jul 09
I agree, I would rather spend on mineral water than on medical treatments. Thanks for responding to my discussion too
@j47lee (742)
• Canada
13 Dec 08
Isnt your health more important than a saving a few dollars by drinking tap water..... We usually boil the water and use a water filter after that... no matter where u are... water needs to be purified before drinking... just becoz the water looks clean doesnt mean it is absolutely clean.. so just for precautions ... boil the water before drinking at least..
• Latvia
13 Dec 08
Thats right. When I think of all those dirty chemicals that every day we and factories flashes away in the toilet...I want to shout out: stop this! But what can we do? New quality rules for the manufacturers? So they produce mobile phones that do not brake after 6 month? Manufacturers polute lakes and rivers, and...our water!