Do you drink only bottled water?

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
June 24, 2009 10:59am CST
I am asking this question because my life seems to be full of "bottled water snobs." I call them this because they don't hesitate to remind me over and over again that since they started drinking the stuff plain tap water just won't do. Now, I could probably fit bottled water into my budget if I really tried, but I've been drinking tap water all of my life and see no reason to change. I found an interesting article on Yahoo Health today that backs up my claim that tap water is safe enough:Tap water is safe in most areas (you can check your local water supply online) and tasty! Want a filter? Try the Brita filter or a Watergeeks sport bottle, which filters out metal and chlorine. Drinking tap water is not only good for your wallet, it's also good for the planet, because all those disposable water bottles end up in landfills. In fact, SELF writer Gayle Forman, who wrote about reducing her trail of trash, learned that the average American throws out 4.4 pounds of garbage each day. By eliminating bottled water from your life, you can put your trash can on a diet! Given all of this, would you agree that for many people bottled water is merely a status symbol?
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@celticeagle (119060)
• Boise, Idaho
24 Jun 09
I think it is just a statis symbol. I got some bottles to use so I can measure the amount I drink but rather than that I don't go for it. I try to cut down on all that sort of stuff. It takes some planning and thinking. All things we need to do more of now days.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I will occasionally buy soft drinks in bottles, celticeagle, and, being thrifty as I am, I will wash them after using and refill them with water to refrigerate. When visitors come they like to go to the fridge and grab a bottle of my self-bottled water.They say that it tastes very good.
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@celticeagle (119060)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Jul 09
We do the same here. I have been using Gatorade bottles for years. I can't believe they are poisonous.
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
24 Jun 09
Bottled water is actually HARMFUL for a person to drink. First off there isn't any laws stopping someone from putting tap water in bottled water and calling it bottled cause it is. Two bottled water is usually in plastic which emits toxic chemicals into the water and people are drinking in those chemicals. Thirdly what all those bottles do to the environment eventually effect people negatively. So when I see someone drinking bottled water I do not see a snob but rather someone who is very ill informed on the effects of doing so. I do filter my tap water before I drink it and use reusable glass containers to drink out of them.
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@GardenGerty (101610)
• United States
25 Jun 09
I love how water tastes out of glass glasses and glass bottles. I used to have an antique green glass water bottle like my grandma had in her refrigerator. Sadly, it got broke. It makes a difference to me if it is plastic, metal or glass. Mostly water is water, and it is good.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I agree with you on all counts, vicki, and I also feel that people should do the research about their local sources of water rather than just following along with the crowd who only drink the bottled water.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
24 Jun 09
nope, I drink tap water and I don't have a filter, I don't have a lot of money to invest in any of these things, including bottled water when tap water is free. 'But I don't drink alot of water anyhow, usually only have it in tea or coffee.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
So you can see where I'm coming from, winterose, when I say that water is water!
@lulu1220 (1010)
• United States
24 Jun 09
The tap water in my home taste horrible. So I prefer water in the bottle and sometimes I will buy jugs. However with a recent visit to see my sister and brother in law, they told me about the Brita filter they use on their sink nozzle. The water tasted better than I thought. I went to the store recently and they were not too expensive and neither were the filters. So I will check into getting that instead.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
The water filters are very nice, lulu, and, as you say, that are not as expensive as they once were.
• United States
24 Jun 09
I totally agree. They are snobs...lol I use tap water for cooking, coffee, tea, etc, and we have a water cooler...but I will drink tap water, np. Get a water filter, and refill your plastic bottles.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I think it is all an effect of our "throwaway" society, Bohemian. People think they are doing a great thing by only using bottled water, but they are adding to the problem of pollution.
@nehaagra (849)
• Singapore
24 Jun 09
I do drink tap water. i live on singapore n here even tap water has to pass so so many tests, its absolutely safe. Even i used to give my 6 month old direct tap water, sometimes even didn't boiled it. It sperfectly fine n safe. But yep during our trips out, i either take a bottle with me along, or if not , them buy the bottled one. As i don;t rely much on outside water. For day to day needs tap water is perfectly fine, why to waste so hard earned money on status..
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
We are in total agreement, nehaagra.
• India
24 Jun 09
I won't go for bottled water, since it will cause damages to land and environment(pollute). They are just drinking water but they are making tons of garbage waste. I agree that it has to eliminated to most. Only at emergency areas, where tap water cannot be available can use these bottled water. Otherwise, in available areas, bottled water should be avoided.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
My reasons for not using bottled water, expressnature, are simply based upon my reasoning that it's silly to spend money for water when you already have a good, safe source of water at your disposal by just turning on the tap. I've heard some people say that bottled water is healthier, but I don't buy it.
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
24 Jun 09
Yep I do agree that the fad with everyone has a bottle of water in their hand is a status symbol. Kind of like when you go to Wal Mart and everyone that gets out of their car has a cell phone attached to their ear. Dam wonder how we ever went to Wal Mart before when we never had a cell phone. I never understood how some people got to call someone going in, and call someone going out. As for water, we used to live in Louisiana right on the water, our drinking water came out of the river, and that was not good with all that was being dumped into it, we was told that we needed to buy water to drink or boil it before we drank it. But not every where is like that. I buy bottled water, mainly because if I got a bottle with me in the truck, I don't stop at a carryout or Micky D's to get a coke. I have medicine to take at certain times also and I have the water to take it with. I use the tap water when I run out of bottled water where I live, but some places it really taste nasty. So yes in some cases I think they buy it because it is a status symbol and in other cases it is because of need to have decent water to drink, water is the one thing we need in life. As long as we're getting it don't care how.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I grew up in a rural area, bdugas, where we got our water directly from a well through a pump system that my uncle installed. The water was good, but I had to adjust to the slight taste of sulfur when I first went to live there. I later learned that some of the water in the area had a much higher sulfur content than ours, and you virtually had to hold your nose in order to drink it because of the smell!The tap water in the area where I now live is very highly rated and tastes great.
@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
25 Jun 09
Hi worldwise! We use our own drinking water. I mean we have got water filter installed at our home and we use filtered tap water. We carry our water/water bottles with us, whenever we go outside. You have a valid point to make that buying bottled water from the market will not only waste one's money, but it will also increase the volume of trash. Good Post!
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I agree with you wholeheartedly, dpk!
@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
10 Jul 09
Thanks for agreeing
@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
1 Jul 09
I drink bottled water on the rare occasion when I'm out shopping and thirsty having forgotten to bring my own water with me. I usually freeze some in summer time to take when I go anywhere as any trip is a long and hot trip. I don't drink tap water either as our town supply is bore water and tastes horrible. I'm sure it's not very healthy either as it's got quite a few additives. It's quite slippery on the skin when I shower and makes my hair feel awful when it's wet (conditioner alleviates this problem). It kills the plants over time or stunts their growth. I have my own water tanks which is what I use some of the time...the tanks are old and rusty. My friend has a newer tank that is lined with some special stuff...he brings me containers of water...it's very nice tasting. I think in a lot of cases it would be a status symbol...some of it is so pricey! The cheapest 600ml (one pint) bottle costs around $2
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
One thing I've learned from this discussion, Ms Tickle, is that I am very fortunate to live in an area where the water is frequently tested for health risks. It's great that you have such a thoughtful friend who is willing to share their water with you!
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
26 Jun 09
I hardly ever drink water. I have drank the bottled water before but I just hate to buy it. It has no taste. I usually just drink me some water that comes from my refrigerator. It is just as good.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I believe we are on the same page there, stephcjh!
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Jun 09
I have home filtration system to be able to drink good water. I don't drink any bottled water or soda. I drink water with lemon all the time. I have special bottle for water when I am out and it is made from special light weight metal....and my second bottle is made from safe plastic.... I hate an extra packaging. More that half of my garbage is already in recycle bin, but I try to eliminate disposals.....
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
You are another well-informed consumer, pola, who is also environmentally aware.
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
25 Jun 09
Well I drink only filtered water. I do have a plastic bottle but I just refill it and reuse it over and over again. Instead of buying all that expensive bottled water. I am too paranoid to drink tap. I dont know why but I am . I have been like that for a few years. THe only tap water I do find I will drink is out of a water fountain. Odd i know.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I like to think about what all of the water snobs would do, jessi, if they were dying of thirst and the only available source of water was the tap. I'd be willing to bet that they'd have no problem drinking it then!
@tundeemma (896)
• South Africa
25 Jun 09
yes i do take bottle water and if i cannot lay my hands on bottle water i will just collect water from tap and boil it, i make sure i collect a huge quantity of water from the tap and boil it and then store them in some used bottle water or some bottles of 2 liter coca cola bottles
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
That sounds like a good idea, tundeemma!
@o0jopak0o (6406)
• Philippines
25 Jun 09
in this country it is only safe to drink bottled water. Well it is true that treated tap water can be safe to drink, but the pathway of where it is going is unsure.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I understand, o0jopak0o, that in some areas the safety standards for water is very low.
@joezon50 (379)
• Hong Kong
25 Jun 09
Before i drink water from the tap without boiling it up...But now since i notice some stain or rust from the watertap,i decided to boiled it up and use water filter to make it more safer. I also understood what your worrying about,is garbage that came from the bottled water.This is such a big problem around us. If how we can make green environment. Hope some people do notice our sorrounding that fulls of garbage.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I think it's great, joezon, that you are doing your part to alleviate the pollution problem!
@airakumar (1555)
• India
25 Jun 09
Yes, I drink bottled water. Because in our area tap water or supply one is not safe for health. I think drinking bottled water is not status symbol but some people think so but I think it is a health conscious symbol..
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I don't think it is very health-conscious at all, airakumar, when you consider how all of that plastic adds to the pollution problem.
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
25 Jun 09
A lot of times, yeah its just a status symbol. I sometimes drink bottled water when I am away from home because I drink crystal light in my water and bottled water is the right measurement for the single serving packs and I take those when I travel. Other than that, I have a Brita filter myself and usually make a pitcher of crystal light at home, and then just use a glass. I also recycle all my plastic bottles.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I also do the recycling thing, Aurone, though maybe a bit differently.I used to drink Crystal Light back in the day before all of the bad news about the artificial sweeteners came out.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
25 Jun 09
Okay fling wet noodles at me and call me a bottle water snob...The only reason I do buy bottled water since the taste of our tap water is horrible and I just don't have the means to get one of those Brita water things---There really is a lot of junk in our tap water...at least here in the NYC area...and not just metals or chlorine or fluoride...there's been evidence of traces of medicines showing up in tap water, like antibiotics and other lovelies. I don't buy bottled water in the small size but large sized bottles..that actually does reduce plastic waste rather than all those smaller bottles
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I remember, pyewacket, when the news was released about the medicines and other things that were found in our water supplies, but if you followed up on the story it concluded that the amounts were in such trace quantities that they presented no foreseeable potential to cause harm. I shudder when I think of allthe products that we consume on a regular basis, because we have no way of knowing what goes into the processing.
• United States
25 Jun 09
Yes, I only drink water that is bottled. The reason is that you always know bottled water is clean unlike tap water which can contain harsh bacteria or chemicals. I definitely don't drink bottled as a status symbol, just for my personal health. Also, no one wants to carry around clunky water containers that cannot just be thrown away once your done with the contents.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Jul 09
But, madb0mber, how do you know that the bottled water you buy is cleaner and safer than regular tap water? Have you done any research on your local source of water?