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12-12-2004 09:54 AM  13 years agoPost 1
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Whoever decided to bottle water and sell it has really made a fortune off those foolish enough to think its really better than what comes out of your kitchen faucet. Certainly their might be places where the water does taste odd because of high mineral content but I still can't see paying $1 or more for a 16-20 ounce bottle when you can fill up at home for free or damn close to it. Everywhere I go I see people (mainly women) carrying their bottled water like its one of lifes utter necessities. In Costco they sell it by the case or even by the pallet.
It has to come out of a faucet somewhere or can't most people figure that one out yet?

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12-12-2004 10:04 AM  13 years agoPost 2
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You know the saying, there's a sucker born every minute. Although the water here sucks, it taste like a swimming pool. Even the canned soda taste like chlorine. Bottled water cost $3.00 here.

I'm use to clean tasting water out of the tap. I grew up in Hawaii and we had great tasting water there. I don't drink water, but I do drink a lot of Coke and I like my Coke tasting like coke, not like Coke with chlorine.

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12-12-2004 11:31 AM  13 years agoPost 3
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I heard Oz had good tasting water.

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12-12-2004 11:31 AM  13 years agoPost 4
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Shemp, you have to look at some bottled water a bit closer, before assuming anything. I have, and made a decision a long time ago. I also have a parrot, that will die before even going near the water dish containing water from the sink faucet. You think he knows better? I do. I also have pictures (not digital, unfortunately) of the water mains removed from an area near my house, during some upgrading by the water authority. You would have assumed these pipes were waste sewer pipes, if you didn't know different.

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12-12-2004 11:35 AM  13 years agoPost 5
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Al- How much of the crap in those pipes was sediment and how much was corrosion? It might make a difference but can you draw an accurate taste comparison between bottled and tap water in your area? Here its all the same - I can't tell the difference.

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12-12-2004 11:39 AM  13 years agoPost 6
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I drink a lot of Diet Coke and I have noticed a distinct taste difference from time to time and am wondering if it's the source of the water as sometimes the Diet Coke comes from LA and sometimes it's locally bottled which seems to taste better.

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12-12-2004 11:41 AM  13 years agoPost 7
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The stuff was black gooey, smelled like sewage. There is literally tons of living bacteria, heavy metals,etc, in tap water. Taste is not the issue. It's what you don't taste that I have an issue with. The only way you can come close to some bottled water, quality-wise, is with a reverse osmosis water filtration system. Anyone that keeps reef fish can probably comment on water quality, also.

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12-12-2004 11:46 AM  13 years agoPost 8
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I believe some bottled water is nuked to kill the living stuff. You need to see tap water vs. some bottled waters, on a slide under a microscope. Then do a soluble solids test, and analyze those solids. As always, YMMV.

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12-12-2004 11:56 AM  13 years agoPost 9
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There was a bit of scandle in the UK earlier this year.

Coca Cola launched their bottled water range 'Dasani' in the UK and investigators found out that the plant producing the stuff was simply taking water from the UK Water Mains and passing it through some filters and marketing it as 'pure bottled water'. Effectively a big 'Brita' filter!

There was a bit of an outcry, no-one bought the stuff and Coca Cola withdrew the product from the UK.

Okay this 'scam' was discovered in this case but you have to wonder how many other companies are doing the same thing and getting away with it.


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12-12-2004 12:01 PM  13 years agoPost 10
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Nigel, that is actually the case with most bottled water. One of our BIG ones, Deer Park, is bottled from some of the most polluted water on earth!

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12-12-2004 12:15 PM  13 years agoPost 11
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I heard Oz had good tasting water.
You heard wrong or the person that told you doesn't know what good water taste like or it taste better then where ever they are from. All I know is it taste like crap to me. I don't like water that has chlorine added to it.

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12-12-2004 12:20 PM  13 years agoPost 12
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I find it unbelievable poeple in the US continue to buy Dasani and similar products. Over here there is a bigger focus on spring water and the like.

Also, I use tap water almost all the time, but after being filtered. You can literally taste the difference. I never used to bother filtering it, but after being told what was in it by someone who works at water quality testing sites (loads of chlorine, loads of chemicals to remove the taste of chlorine etc.) I decided to start.

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12-12-2004 12:46 PM  13 years agoPost 13
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TASTE IS NOT THE ISSUE HERE!!!! If it was only taste you want to make better all you have to do is filter with charcoal (brita). I use a reverse osmosis filter downstream of a main charcoal filter that filters the whole house. You could use a distillation process as well. If you don't think water is an issue from your tap, read the literature or do a search on how they make homeopathy remedies, an how that works with your immune system. Bottled water I think is a consumer scam. They probably just work on taste, I don't trust it. That's why I do my own, it's better & cheaper to !

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12-12-2004 01:24 PM  13 years agoPost 14
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I've got to agree, taste isn't the issues. At my house, we have to buy bottled water (in gallon form) because our well water isn't great for the body. Our well is DOWNHILL from a cow pasture, and alot of the "stuff" that cows "leave" in the field polutes our water, so we're forced to buy water. Believe me, we wouldn't if we didn't have to, and we've tried many things to clean it, but those cows win every time.

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12-12-2004 02:43 PM  13 years agoPost 15
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TASTE IS NOT THE ISSUE HERE!!!!
I disagree. Taste is an issue for me. Nobody likes water that tastes funny, plus tap water ain't going to kill you any faster than anything else if you live a relatively healthy life

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12-12-2004 03:13 PM  13 years agoPost 16
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Wmac: I know that taste matters of course but more important is heath and " tap water ain't going to kill you any faster than anything else" is true but I'm also not talking about being killed, I'm talking about the cumulative effect of long term injestion of items that will cause any amount of immune system disfunction, When I get older I want quality of life not sickness from any number of diseases that the medical establishment has no clue on where / when / how it happens or more important how to cure it. So go ahead drink up, no problem for me. I'm doing my best to avoid a major source of potential problems down the road.

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12-12-2004 03:50 PM  13 years agoPost 17
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nothing can probably beat singapore. we've got tons of bottled water called NeWater. its recycled from the **** and crap that goes when you flush your toilet. most of it goes back into the resevoirs for drinking and other uses, and some of it is packaged into bottled water to be sold or given away. tastes really clean though. just don't think where the water has been before.

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12-12-2004 03:56 PM  13 years agoPost 18
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Fair play gyan, but I think if you took every possible precaution to ensure that you were going to lead a completely healthy life, free of disease and what have you, it could take over from the idea of living life itself.

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12-12-2004 06:47 PM  13 years agoPost 19
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All I drink is bottled water. The cat gets tap water, and once a month I have to clean the slime out of her bowl. I usually just get Sam's Choice from Wal-Mart. 24 twenty oz. bottles for $3.99. That's only like .16 cents a bottle. Can't beat it.

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12-12-2004 08:11 PM  13 years agoPost 20
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Wmac; For sure moderation is the name of the game, but I tend to error on the side of caution when talking about cumulative effects on my health.

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