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Water, water, every

I hate to be caught on the side of an environmental group that might turn out later to be full of nuts, but I have to say this is a good point:

A Boston-based consumer and environmental group is bringing its campaign against bottled water to four states, urging them to cut hundreds of thousands of dollars from strapped budgets by ending their purchases of water in plastic containers.

Corporate Accountability International took aim at state agencies' purchases of bottled water in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Vermont. It urged the states to have their public employees drink tap water and step up efforts to protect public water supplies.

The poor, downtrodden public employees might have to drink -- gasp! -- tap water? Maybe one of you, by the way, could explain bottled water to me, which seems like one of the biggest scams ever perpetuated.


Bob G.
Thu, 12/10/2009 - 12:37pm

It's right up there with global warming (imho)...But I DO admit to having bottled water in the house.
I've had REAL spring water...right from a darn crack in a rock, and it tastes WAY better than anything in ANY bottle...plastic OR glass.

I just keep the bottled water in house for an emergency (like a busted water main...or the end of days...LOL)
Considering the infrastructure in town here...it's a good bet you're going to need some...sooner or later, anyway.
(and you don't have to BOIL it, do you?)

Plus, the cats might need something to drink.
(sorry, it's the survivalist in me...)


Larry Morris
Thu, 12/10/2009 - 12:55pm

Yes, probably one of the biggest scams ever. A lot of tests and investigative reports have found that a high percentage of the bottled water product are simply bottles filled from the local municipal tap - quite a rip-off. If one is concerned with the quality of your water, a reverse osmosis system could be installed at the kitchen sink and, in the long run, would be cheaper than buying bottled water - and the water would no doubt be cleaner. And, Bob, stocking water for emergencies is indeed a good idea, but you could probably still do it cleaner and cheaper with the RO system and several 5 gallon containers rated for water storage. The money spent on bottled water would more than pay for improvements and safety upgrades on municipal water supplies.

Bob G.
Thu, 12/10/2009 - 1:43pm

Just in case...I also have some "pure-tabs"...good when the water isn't quite "up to snuff"...LOL
I might be looking into the R/O system soon enough...along with a heat exchanger so I can lose that nasty and costly H/W htr.
Now, if someone could ONLY come up with "powdered water" w/ a 25 yr shelf-life...ROFLMAO!

daron aldrich
Thu, 12/10/2009 - 5:01pm


Come to Indy and get a whif and taste of the horrid tap water here. I grew up in FW and actually liked the taste of FW's city water. Indy's is just plain gross...so yes, I do keep a water cooler in the house and buy 5 gallon containers of spring water. There is also a natural spring between Carmel and Fishers that the public can fill up their water bottles for free.
Where the public is snowed is buying Dasani and Aquafina which are the Coke and Pepsi versions of bottled water...filled with filtered muncipal water at the plant site. Find a good bottle of spring water if your local tap is undrinkable.

tim zank
Thu, 12/10/2009 - 5:04pm

daron, what is in that water in Indy? I've always been puzzled cuz it's the same in all the hotels, office buildings etc...It's nasty!

Leo Morris
Thu, 12/10/2009 - 5:54pm

My sister lives on the northwest side, and I've never noticed anything funny in the taste of the water. Oh, wait. That might be because I drink it only as an ingredient of coffee.

Larry Morris
Thu, 12/10/2009 - 6:32pm

(this is a rub-it-in remark !!) My water always tastes fresh and clean - filtered, harvested rainwater, the only way to go, ... :-)