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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bottled Water.

Don't you wish you'd thought of that? Millions of people paying to drink . . . water. Who knew?

I have to count myself among those, by the way. There is just something about knowing you're paying for bottled water--especially, the kind that says it comes from a clear mountain stream--that makes me feel all Grizzly Adams and all that. Just call me Mountain Woman. Clear, fresh air, mountain stream water, yes, that's the life for me.

But of course, I live in Small Town USA, where there are no mountains (though we do have an impressive stone quarry), country air that smells of, well, pigs, and I drink bottled water.

Some days I'm totally happy in my bliss, drinking what I consider to be pure water. Other days, I wonder if I'm caught in the trap of paying for tap water.

What are your thoughts? And what water do you think is best--bottled, distilled, mountain stream, tap . . . .
Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:06 AM  
  Comments (20)
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At 9:24 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Diann, a friend of ours calls Evian naive spelled backward, so I buy gallons of distilled water and pour them into the smaller bottles if I need to take them with me. So my vote is distilled. You can tell by the taste that it's been distilled, therefore no worry about it being tap water. Unless I'm naive.

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

This is totally a hot button for me. I've been seeing the backlash in the media lately about how wasteful it is for us to be drinking bottled water, that water from our tap is just as pure. Hello? Have they not read the research about chlorine and fluoride in our water? And they say NOTHING about all the plastic bottles full of soda!

Totally gripes me! I have an Amway carbon filter that produces fabulous water so I drink that at home. But when I'm gone, I buy bottled water. It's way healthier than soda, but they don't mention that either.

At 9:26 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh Cheryl, distilled water isn't very good for you. All the good minerals are gone. My fave is Arrowhead spring water.

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I wish we got Arrowhead here. I have a reaction to the bottled water we get here. I really want a filter like yours.

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

It always fascinates me that people pay extra money to get purified water when most cities provide purified water that most people spray on their lawns. And natural spring water is the same thing as people with a well pull right out of the ground. I suppose if people have money they don't know what to do with, the water bottlers have as much right to it as anyone else.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Them's fighting words, Timothy! City water is NOT good for you. Fluoride and chlorine have health problems. I absolutely won't drink it without having those things filtered out first. Now if I had a normal well that didn't have chemicals added, I'd drink that. Most of us don't have well water though. We have to get that nasty city water.

Trust me, I've researched this. You can pollute your body with chlorine and fluoride if you want, but not me. I usually buy it at Walmart when traveling so it's like .25 a bottle. Way less than people spend to put more chemicals in their bodies by way of soda!

At 1:44 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

We drink tap water, filtered through a Brita water filter. I don't know if it is filtering out all of the chlorine and fluoride, but at least the water has no taste, which is better than I can say for plain old tap water.

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Ashley said...

I get teased all the time for my refusal to drink tap water! But when my husband and I lived in an apt., the water was SO over-chlorinated it was BLUE in the bathtub!! That sealed the deal for me! I also get lectures at the dentist b/c I have my 3-yr old drink only filtered water (no extra flouride!)...but I'd rather keep his insides clean!!

My parents have my favorite filter, a huge Nikken filter that makes water taste just like *water*... nothing else!! I use a brita filter at home and it does the job pretty well, too!!

At 5:06 PM, Blogger jel said...

we have a well so we drink tap at home, but when I do go out, and if i can find it, I get
"Icelandic Glacial" water from ICELand , I really like it,

At 8:01 PM, Blogger Donna said...

Colleen is correct that our city water is NOT good for you. I don't care what the City Utilities report says each year.

Personally though, I like distilled. My chiropractor-physical therapist told me about 15 years ago when we lived in Fort Wayne that the minerals in tap water were affecting my joints and causing all the pain I was having. He said that distilled is best for me. I have drunk it ever since.

Usually when I leave the house, I take a gallon jug of distilled water with me. If I am at someone's house and they serve me bottled water, I will drink it though. But I like the "taste" or rather the "no taste" that distilled water gives me.

When we lived in Fort Wayne, my husband had 2 kidney stones move and pass a month apart, but not without 2 ER visits and some morphine. After that he started drinking distilled water, too, and hasn't had any more problems

We moved to Huntington about 12 years ago. After only 3 months, I started getting psoriasis. Never had it before. I am convinced it is from the water. Nothing else changed.

So for me, tap water/city water is out :)

At 9:19 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Interesting comments, all! I think it's the general consensus not to drink tap water. We're a bit divided on whether to go with distilled, bottled or filtered. So I guess I won't feel bad about paying for my water and not going with tap. :-)

At 6:13 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

One of the things not mentioned is your pipes. Colleen lives in town in an older home and unless they have completely changed their pipes all the way from the plant, those pipes are OLD.

We have well-water and it has a lot of iron in it. And when I was in college in Muncie, we had bacteria in the water during flooding, so they flushed it with chlorine at the water plant. One of my friends broke out from the heavy chlorine just taking a shower. She was thankful to drink bottled water.

There is a difference in water in various areas of the country, too. I use a carbon filter, too, but I wasn't aware of the Amway one. I'll have to look into that one!

I am beginning to think that the reason my hands break out is due to the water. We live in a woods, so maybe the water table is ok, but we do have a lot of fields around here and the Mississinewa River.

At 8:27 AM, Blogger SandieP said...

I live between two chemical plants and our tap water smells, so it's bottled water for me. I've bought two Brita filters and they work, but I have a hard time 1) remembering to change the filter 2) lifting the pitcher and 3) remembering to refill it in time for it to get cold enough for my hubby, who will only drink cold water. I will buy purified or spring, depending on what's available at Walmart that week. For taste, I actually find the Nestle purified water my favorite. My hot button is the way they have made the bottles so thin and the caps so small that it's now hard to open them and occasionally I get one that won't stand up. I am diabetic so water is what I drink all the time unless the restaurant I am in does not offer it.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

My Amway filter is awesome! It is a big filter that is below the sink. It has its own little faucet at my sink so it's something that's permanent. the filter just needs changed once a year. I had one out at our old house and liked it so well we bought this one when we moved to town 12 years ago.

At 9:15 AM, Blogger jel said...

3 years ago, I'm very glad that we has some bottle water, when the ice storm hit here, and was out of power for 2 weeks, by then any form of wwater is good, like taking icicle from the roof and melting them on the stove , to wash dishes :)

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Ashley said...

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At 2:12 PM, Blogger Ashley said...

Sandie, Brita also makes a faucet attachment--so no heavy lifting! It will also flash red when it's time to change the filter, so you don't have to worry about remembering!!

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Crystal - I never thought about the pipes. eek! good point.

At 4:01 PM, Blogger Cindy W. said...

My favorite bottled water has always been Arrowhead (which I always bought when I lived in California). I live in Indiana now so I haven't been able to find Arrowhead.

Colleen - I know you live in Indiana, have you been able to find Arrowhead here? If so, please let me know so I can go stock up. :)

Cindy W.


At 3:02 AM, Blogger anna angela said...

Have you tasted Fiji bottled water? I flipped out when I did because it was so refreshing and light. Expensive, but yummy. And I've never described water as yummy. I've drank from Brita, Nikken, tap, distilled, purified, and different brands of bottled water.


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