Do you drink Tap or bottled water?

@Marie2473 (8519)
Sweden
June 29, 2007 10:44am CST
Here in sweden the water is so clean and under great controll so all people actually drink the tapwater. Most if the times when u are at a resturant and order water they will also give you tapwater in a glass with some ice and a slice of lemon. The only time I buy bottled water is when I want it with bubbles or when I am out and need some water coz I am thirsty. When I was living in turkey i started out drinking bottled water but the longer i stayed the more resistant my body got to the bacteria so eventually i was drinking the tapwater there to. So, where u live, do you drink the tap water - can tourists drink it? Do you buy water ever?
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@senthil2k (1501)
• India
29 Jun 07
You are so lucky to have such a clean water in your country. Its always good to drink the natural water than the bottled water. In our country, its so rare that you see good natural water except at the hill stations. Natural water is so fresh, hygienic and very sweet to drink. Just a drop of natural water is much better than bottles of packed water. But what to do, we have to buy bottled water for my home, as I get only salt water in my home taps. I stay much close to the Beach and so we get only salt water at home... :(
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
29 Jun 07
Saltwater in tha taps *hmmmÄ well I guess in that case I would also buy water =)
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
29 Jun 07
You can drink the tap water here but I wont unless its filtered...unfiltered water makes me gag..I cant stand the smell or the taste of it....More often that not though I drink Propel but on the few occasions that I do drink tap water it HAS to be filtered....We used to buy bottled water for me but here in the U.S its REALLY expensive!
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
29 Jun 07
It is expensive here as well, I guess because noone buys it =)
• Pakistan
29 Jun 07
The situation here in my country about drinking water is really worst there so filteration plants and you have to drink what is comming to your home :( so i prefer to drink mineral water rather than the wter that is coming to my home.
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• Philippines
30 Jun 07
Filipinos used to drink tap water also. Bottled water didn't exist in the Philippines until the early 90s. Perhaps it started earlier than but only to the ones who could afford it because it was expensive before. I remember that the very first bottled water I saw in the supermarket was Evian. An imported brand which cost P190 per 100ml. I thought then who would buy such expensive water. Then gradually different local brand emerges in the market and people started buying it. Now many Filipinos drink bottled and purified water rather than the tap water. It's as if we are not used to drinking tap water. It's a wonder since not a long time ago we didn't know about purified water. And I'm guilty as charge because for my kids I only allow them to drink bottled water.
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
30 Jun 07
Yeah it is strange ho easily we forget what it used to be like =)
• Philippines
1 Jul 07
Well, I guess it's due to the evolution of technology. Somebody invented a purifier one way or another it has to be used on something. And what's best to purify other than water.
@anonymili (3138)
30 Jun 07
I live in London and have already drank tap water here. I hate spending money on buying bottled water. I drink spring water at work as it comes out of the water cooler and the tap water is never as cold and at home I tend to add ice to my tap water too as I love drinking icy cold water! When I visit India I have to drink boiled cooled water as I have a sensitive stomach and got ill several times in the past drinking water which wasn't boiled and cooled. I hate paying for water in bars or restaurants and often ask for tap water. They don't like giving it often as they want to make money out of charging you something like £2.00 for a glass of mineral water which is just stupid!
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@anonymili (3138)
30 Jun 07
That was meant to read "I live in London and have always drank tap water here"... LOL I just read back my response to myself and cringed at the typo! x
@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
30 Jun 07
hehe, typos can sometimes be fun =) I also hate it when they charge you that much for a glass of water. I also love it icecold so i also tend to put ice to it when I am at home =) here at work we also have a watercooler - actually thought about getting one of them at home :-)
• Australia
30 Jun 07
I usually drink filtered and boiled water and i live here in Australia and the water is relatively clean.... Australia i reckon...is so wasteful of water as they use drinking water to flush toilets and for showers!! and we are already in a drought and the system NEEDS CHANGING! I occasionally do drink tap water at night at around 2am in the morning when i wake up feeling thirsty, i go to the sink and take a drink because i can not be bothered going downstairs, especially in winter it is too cold to do so! I have not had any problems with drinking tap water, no illness or diarrhea from dirty bacteria water. But for example, if i am on travel to overseas, i would DEFINITELY NEVER NEVER EVER drink tap water since i know i would not be able to adapt to it straight away and would waste the vacation/holiday busy being sick and staying back at the hotel.
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
30 Jun 07
We also use the drinking water for flushing the toilet and for taking showers - never thought of it as a waste but now that u say it... I also always drink bottled water when I am in another country... except when I lived in turkey - after a few months I was able to drink it without a problem.
• Australia
30 Jun 07
i never lived in a country (a foreign one for vacation and holidays only) for more than a month so i guess i would not get used to the bacteria in the water from tap, i would just go the safe way and boil the water before drinking it since being sick just wastes the great time you could have been enjoying the holiday in that country! I have been in Hong Kong (i originated from there =D) but i never drink water from the tap there since it is not clean enough to do so, I have never tried but i would never try since i do not like the feeling of having diarrhea.
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@laydee (12811)
• Philippines
30 Jun 07
Our water is considered one of the best water in the world, I don't know why others started using bottled water, maybe it's because of salesmen. But actually tourists and citizens alike could drink our water direct from the faucet. It's funny how many buy bottled water just for the containers. I know of a lot who just but bottled water and then after finishing it up, refilling those bottles with tap water. They say its much more convenient for them to have their own container rather than bring cups or mugs at the office. The problem with bottled water is that the process screens out both bacteria and minerals. Good because bacteria don't contaminate us, but the lack of natural minerals also make us more prone to infections easier.
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
30 Jun 07
I also sometimes bring my own bottle, more because it fills more than a cup, but also because I can keep a "lid" on it =)
@laydee (12811)
• Philippines
30 Jun 07
Yeah exactly my point. People just drink one to refill it for the next day. *LOL* since it's more convenient to bring.
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@ivyoon (673)
• United States
30 Jun 07
I live in the US and used to drink the tap water, but have recently gotten a filter on my sink because of the flouride in our tap water. They say the levels are okay, but I believe over time it can be detrimental to your health. There are also other things like chlorine and calcium deposits that seem to taint the taste of the tap water. I like to keep a 2 gallon dispenser in my fridge, and often I'll fill a drinking bottle and freeze it with a cap full of lemon juice in it. I drink water constantly and just like to know that it is safe. (And tastes good.)
@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
30 Jun 07
I love water so for me it is important that it tastes good as well.-
@ivyoon (673)
• United States
1 Jul 07
I never used to drink water as a teenager, but as I got older, I started to crave it more and more. I'm grateful for that now, because I think without water we'd be in a lot of trouble... drinking tea and coffee and softdrinks all the time. Water is the best thing you can do for yourself. Even when I was trying to lose weight, I started to up my water intake and lost 3 more pounds than I had intended to!
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@padu19 (1441)
• India
29 Jun 07
good discussions.. however may it be, i prefer tap water.. i don't like boiled water.. if necessary i will filter it but never boil it.. because boiled water cannot satisfy my thirst.. am from india.. yes, tourists can very well drink it.. but not from all places.. few slum areas may not be having good water.. we drink tap water or that can water(mineral water) here...
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
29 Jun 07
I had a friend that went to india and she could not drink the water - they even warned them about drinking it because tourists could get sick. I guess it depends on what part of india though.
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@padu19 (1441)
• India
1 Jul 07
ya.. that's what i told.. you cannot expect the same quality of water everywhere(even within the same city too !!!)
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
29 Jun 07
I prefer bottled water when I can get it, but at home I will drink tap water if I don't have any bottled water on hand. It's not that I think the tap water here is unsafe, just that it doesn't taste good at all. Recently I've been spending more time at home, and I had my husband buy me some of the cheapest distilled water they sell at the store where he works, because I got so tired of trying to force myself to drink enough water when it didn't taste good. I would love to live in a place with good tap water!
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
29 Jun 07
I drink alot of water and I even think taht soemtimes the tapwater tastes better than the bottled one.
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• United States
29 Jun 07
They make filtration units that produce reverse osmosis water for your consumption. This might be the way that you wish to think about getting the pure water that you want instead of having your husband haul water around.
@lynboobsy11 (11345)
• Philippines
2 Jul 07
Here in the Philippines it is not so safe to drink tap water coz it is not safe to drink. We usually have filtered water or bottled water. And I do have water purifier in my house to purified the water we are drinking. Most of the family who used to drink tap water can easily have deseases like amoebaiasis.
@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
2 Jul 07
Ok, so I will not even try to drink that if I ever go there =)
@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
2 Jul 07
Well i usually drink bottled water. About 20 years ago there was an incident here in israel of a dysentery disease, and people started to drink water only from bottles. But the few months, i tried drinking tap water, because the government and the health department said that they purified them. And things ar going well, i am not sick or anything. And it is alote cheaper, so maybe i will go on and drink the tap water instead of paying for bottled water.
@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
2 Jul 07
Well like I said - here it is perfectly safe and all people drink the tapwater. If your government says it is ok, i guess it should be =)
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
30 Jun 07
Hello,marie2473,although i think the tap water in australia is safe to consume,in fact many people also just drink it straight away,but i have the habit to boil it before i drink,i will not buy any bottled water becasue i drink a lot of water everyday,i will have to spend a lot if i buy the bottled ones.
@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
2 Jul 07
Ok, that it a project - to boil all the water :-D I would think that it was to much work. From what I have heard the tap water in australia is supposed to be very clean =)
@mejluvya (213)
• United States
30 Jun 07
Whatever is available, I'm not picky. I figure when it's time for me to go, it's time and no matter what I've eaten or drank will change that. I was recently prevented from drinking tap water at a friend's house. I was running the water into the glass and she started screaming no,no, you can't drink the water from the spigot here. There spring water in the fridge. But then you get to wondering where does bottled water actually come from. Couldn't the manufacterer's be just filling them right from plain old tap, sticking a cap on and selling them for $1.49?
@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
2 Jul 07
I think they are controlled all the time so I do not think that they could do that - atleast not without the water going through a cleaningprocess.
• China
30 Jun 07
No,I don't.In my country we can't drink the tap water directly.Before drinking the water we must boil it.But now more people prefer buying pails of water which are filtered by the pure water selling company.The tourists don't drink the tap water either as water is not as clean as it is in your country.Good luck.
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
30 Jun 07
Thanx for responding. I will not drink the water then =)
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
30 Jun 07
I drink filtered tap water. I am in Canada and I am on town water which is filtered but then I have a hook up on my tap that filters it more. The reasons are one cheaper that bottles 2 less waste with all the bottles around and three that bottles that have been sitting for too long have that plastic taste because you are drinking plastic. Yummy!
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
30 Jun 07
Never keep water in the bottle long enough for it to start tasting plastic =)
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
30 Jun 07
Hello marie. Tap water here in my country is not safe to drink. A lot of people were reported to have diarrhea and other bacteria related illnesses. There are a lot of water station splayed all over the city where people can buy purified water in gallons. I personally used water dispenser in my house. It filtered out the bad organisms coming from the tap water. So far, I never encountered any problem with it.
30 Jun 07
Do all your topics have an element of water in them, Marie? =P The tap water in England has a disgusting taste to it. You'd think someone had peed in it. I never bother buying bottled water either though. Instead, I run our tape water through a water filter. It produces great tasting H2O. =)
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
30 Jun 07
he he he, I do love my water - can´t you tell =) I have been in engladn, never did tru the water though coz i thought it had a funny smell =)
@zipman191 (381)
• Israel
30 Jun 07
i drink tap water bottle water is not that much better then tap
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
30 Jun 07
It depends on where u are =)
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
30 Jun 07
I don't live in town, I live out in the country. So I have well water. And its very hard and it smells terrible. We cannot drink it. We have to buy water or we go to a spring and collect water in jugs. The town is planning on running water lines out here soon and that will make me very happy to have town water. then I can drink it right from the tap.
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
30 Jun 07
well-water usually is nice - but i guess it can varie as well.