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Tap/Bottled Water?

On 22 Mar 2012 at 4:58pm jrsussex wrote:
I dislike bottled water mostly, previous to this, because it leaves a plastic bottle to be disposed of. I have only ever drunk tap water, other than when in some third world countries, and appear to be perfectly fine in doing so. Have just picked up this article:
Would you drink a liquid that contains chemicals that may have been exposed to pesticides, man-made fertilisers and even radioactive materials, and destroys the environment? Then you will probably be happy to pay 1,500 times the going rate to drink water from a plastic bottle.
Tap water is subject to stringent health and safety requirements. It is continuously tested and safe to drink. Bottled waters often come from exactly the same sources as tap water - in fact some are tap water.
Much bottled water is prepared with lower safety standards than tap water, and it consumes vast resources to bottle, ship, market and sell it. That's why it costs around 1,500 times more per drink than tap water, which is safe, cheap, convenient and by the far the most eco-friendly way to get water.
On 22 Mar 2012 at 6:05pm Lord Landport wrote:
Please believe me, if you knew what sh1t was in tap water, you wouldn't touch it. Ask your local water authority for a print out. Oh...and beware on sunday afternoons (least domestic use) when the water companies add copper to kill the shrimps and other invertabrates in the system.
You have been warned.
On 22 Mar 2012 at 6:17pm Clifford wrote:
Bottled water was one of the great scams of the 1980s that never seem to have gone away. A fantastic triumph of marketing idiocy. And the 'dehyradation' myth was another one.
On 22 Mar 2012 at 6:55pm Lord Landport wrote:
Try testing your tap water for nitrates and phosphates and then do a "dissolved organic carbon" test.
I think you would be horrified what's in tap water.
On 22 Mar 2012 at 7:18pm middleclassandabitsmug wrote:
many moons ago I recall reading of a blind tasting event, rather like wine competitions, for bottled waters held in London. The organisers mischievously included London tap water. No prizes for guessing which came top in the taste competition. If i recall correctly it also did well under the 'purity" category.
On 22 Mar 2012 at 8:24pm Deelite wrote:
What simple-minded cobblers. Everyone drinks tap water and we are all OK (unless you're blame death in general on tap water!).

Only the gullible drink bottled water.
On 22 Mar 2012 at 8:47pm Country Boy wrote:
It is a wonder that I am still alive. I have never felt the need to carry a bottle of water with me all day and take sips every 5 mins or so.
On 22 Mar 2012 at 10:06pm Taff wrote:
To submit a very old comment.
Evian is naive backwards.
On 22 Mar 2012 at 11:50pm jrsussex wrote:
I think the comments of Clifford, Deelite and Country Boy just about sum it up. So infuriating to have to listen to someone spouting off about being green whilst they are holding their bottle of water. Lord Landport, please tell me you're having a wind up.
On 23 Mar 2012 at 8:36am DFL wrote:
Right, a few (true) facts about drinking bottled versus tap. First of all, bottled water invariably has similar minerals to tap, additional chemicals are sometimes added to get rid of the "earthy" and/or "sulphur" taste depending on the location of the spring. Secondly, yes, tap water can contain bugs which are not present in tap water, but, these bugs strengthen our stomach against other nastier bugs, if you drink bottled water for prolonged periods, then this can cause the stomach to lose some immunity towards bugs which would otherwise be thwarted. I once studied the Mogdon sewer works near Hounslow (the biggest in the country, if not Europe), and I can confirm that the water we drink here in the south east (and London) has been through there on average 7 times, and is perfectly palatable. They have some very interesting "germ killer bugs" that they filter the water (sewage) through (this is the simplified version), and I can assure you that not a single nasty bug is left alive once they've been processed and then deposited back into the Thames and/or the water network. So drink away from the tap to your heart's content, well, actually, too much water isn't particlularly good for you, so just stick to the 4 litres a day, and you should be fine. Cheers !
On 23 Mar 2012 at 9:43am Cliffite wrote:
But what about all the fluoride they put in the water!? /tinfoilhat
On 23 Mar 2012 at 10:32am huw wrote:
I find it a bit difficult to get access to tap water when I'm walking over the downs.
I do, however, find the plastic bottles very useful for refilling with tap water (precycling, I think is the trendy word for reusing)
On 23 Mar 2012 at 1:12pm AKane` wrote:
I work at the worlds largest food manufacturer (won't mention names) but we are hughly focussed on sustainable HEALTHY food and reducing waste in our factories, zero to landfill, better practices, reducing salt in food etc etc. Yesterday I had a very interesting half hour session on the subject of water or lack of, and how this current lack of water we are experience in the UK, if it continues to 2013 we are in trouble and water will become political. One stat that came out of it for me was we should drink 2 litres of liquid a day BUT we actually consume as much as 6 litres a day baring in mind the supply chain/manufacturing processes etc to make/grow things. Another stat was the p[rice of water has not been analysed, so how many litres of water do you need to make a TV, burger, apple, olive, iPad etc etc......the thinking here is if the realy value of water was added to everything manufactured, prices rocket, but as we become more affluent we want more and more luxuries and water diminishes. A genuine worldwide problem! Interesting subject. As a wellness company we also promote tap water, had loads more minerals and vitamins in it. Bottled water is ok.....but tap better. Anyway, waffle waffle......just a very interesting relevant topic right now.
On 23 Mar 2012 at 2:28pm Deelite wrote:
It is certain that wars will be fought over water in the (near) future. It will even become an issue in the current slow disintegration of the United Kingdom.

We should all use less water. Better still we should breed less. Population control, the ever-present elephant in the room.
On 23 Mar 2012 at 3:01pm jrsussex wrote:
A lot of water in used when brewing beer. I doubt many will complain about that, certainly not me.
On 24 Mar 2012 at 7:11pm mickyboy wrote:
deelite deelighted to see the truth hard as it will be for many to swallow
On 26 Mar 2012 at 9:55pm Deelite wrote:
Alcohol, The bane of our society jrs. Playing an as yet not fully recognised part in the decline of our once great kingdom.

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