Bottled water

Caitlin - posted on 10/20/2010 ( 49 moms have responded )

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http://www.wimp.com/bottledwater/

I like this, it's true and puts a lot into perspective.. I don't go 100% without, but I do try not to drink it as much as possible. It's only really if I am stuck out for a long time that i'll resort to buying a bottle.

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Sharon - posted on 10/21/2010

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Our city tap water is NASTY - I'll complain about taste too. Its not just chlorine - there is something else in it that is just FOUL!

But our well is pretty awesome. Its not sweet like I've had in other places but compared to our city water - its pure nirvana.

Bonnie - posted on 10/21/2010

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I will complain about the taste or tap water as well!! I am not a water drinker to begin with, but I hate the taste of tap water.

Jodi - posted on 10/21/2010

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I'll complain about taste Christina!! LOL. Where I live, we have some of the purest water there is, and it is very sweet. I live very near the mountains, so our water is fresh and clear. I have been to some places where the water is pretty ordinary. For instance, I struggle with the taste of water in Adelaide, Australia. There was one place in Australia (in Queensland) I have been to that I couldn't even drink the water in a hot cup of tea, honestly, it nearly made me physically sick because of the minerals - the strong taste and smell was overwhelming. We actually went to the local store and bought bottled water just to make hot drinks.



I guess we get used to what we live with. I consider myself extremely lucky to have such lovely water where I live. I now have a car water storer so I can take 10 litres of water anywhere we go, just in case. When we were on our road trip as a family, that came in very handy, so anywhere we went where the water was good, we just refilled it.

Jenny - posted on 10/20/2010

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I reverted back to tap water a few years ago but I did buy into bottled water for quite awhile. We have reusable stainless steel bottles for everyone in the family.

There are so many millions of people who would literally kill to have water come out of a pipe in their house, how DARE we complain about taste.

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Lol I'm the same as you Toni...my hubby drinks so much more than me, so by the time I actually want a drink it's already gone!!!

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I can't share drinks with my hubby Krista he drinks far too fast and I blink and have nothing to drink, so we have a rule he has his drink and I have mine (which he always ends up stealing but at least I get some drink).

Krista - posted on 10/24/2010

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Our tap water's fine, 'cause we have a well. It DOES have a bit of minerals in it, but I just run it through the Brita, and we're good. It does prevent me from buying any white clothing or white sheets, though.

We only buy plastic bottles of water if we're out on the road, though. And even then, we'll buy a 1L one, re-fill Sam's sippy cup, and share the rest -- we're married, so I'm not worried about my husband's cooties. :)

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If I drink plain water it has to be from a bottle our tap water is vile, but if I have a slice of lemon in tap water I can drink that it is quite refreshing. I don't actually drink a lot of water so I generally don't buy bottled water but my hubby likes to take a 2L bottle to work in summer so we buy a multi pack then just refil with squash.

Jakki - posted on 10/24/2010

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"I buy bottled water. It is all I can currently drink. I have a fairly severe intolerance for chlorine"

Hey Carol, I'm not a chemist but I think chlorine is easy to remove from water - doesn't it come out by itself if you leave it uncovered in a container for a day or two? Or boil it?

Tah - posted on 10/23/2010

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i get a 24 pack from the store for 2.50 cents....we drink it and i buy the kids crystal light packs and that works for them....i am going to consider the reusable bottles, we actually do have some in the house, we also have a water and ice machine on the fridge so that gets used often as well..

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Our city water taste like SHIT! I'll complain. I don't drink anything other than water. That's it, all day long....water! We have a 20 litre jug on a stand that we refill at my parent's friends business typically once a week for 5 dollars. I'll take that over yucky tap water any day!

P.S. LOVED the video

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@ Jenn Morris : Up until February of this year, I have lived in Florida my entire life. Never did I have to pay for recycling. What part of Florida are you talking about? I know a lot of things in Florida vary from county to county. I lived in Brevard (due east from Orlando....Kennedy Space Center area). I also used to live in Orlando and we didn't pay recycling there either (Orange county).

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I will not drink tap water not all nor my partner&kids..we cook with tap water& wash etc.We recycle though.:-)

Becky - posted on 10/21/2010

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Our tap water is ok, but doesn't taste great. In our old house, we had a reverse osmosis filter, and I loved the water from that. Unfortunately, the guy who bought the house from us really wanted it, so we sold it to him with the house. Our fridge has a filter on it though, and I prefer my water really cold anyways, so I always drink the water out of the fridge. Generally I take reusable water bottles - and sippy cups for the boys - if we're going out, but we buy bottled water once in a while if we forget our own or are traveling for quite a while.
I actually don't really like the taste of a lot of bottled water anymore after having the RO filter. And if it's not cold, then I don't really like any water - or any drink for that matter, unless it's supposed to be hot.

Dana - posted on 10/21/2010

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We use a Pure water pitcher for our tap water and I just use reusable water bottles that are BPA free. I do have a 24 pack of water right now that we use if we're going anywhere and we'll need more than one water per person.

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I don't drink tap water plain or bottle water much at all. However, we have wheelie bins to recycle plastic bottles, cardboard, cans and paper so recycling isn't an issue for us.

Jodi - posted on 10/21/2010

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Loureen, my in-laws live in Goulburn, and any time we went there, we could ONLY drink boiled, filtered water. We actually used to take water up to them every couple of weeks. It's not so bad now, but I used to just take my own water whenever we went to visit, so I TOTALLY understand where Jamie was coming from!!

Charlie - posted on 10/21/2010

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Our tap water on the coast is cool , clean and DELISH !

But a few years back when Jamie lived in Goulburn and it was a drought the water was brown and smelly the town had to have bottled water shipped in it was so bad and they were restricted to using water from taps 3 days a week !

C. - posted on 10/21/2010

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@Jenn.. "Yeah, there' some incentive to recycle - NOT!"

I know!!!! In SC you have to pay a fee (at least where we lived) and I THINK you have to pay a fee out here in HI, too.. What kind of BS is that??? They should be paying US to recycle if anything at all!

Caitlin - posted on 10/21/2010

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We have free recycling too, but I like how in the video they point out that a lot of that plastic doesn't actually get recycled anyways, it just sits there because there is so much of it they can't keep up.

Jenn - posted on 10/21/2010

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Oh - also to add - any bottles that I do use are recycled - where I lived we have a great recycling program that is FREE (OK so it's paid for through municipal taxes) and you just put ALL of your recyclable items out in the "blue box" with your garbage. When I lived in Florida for a couple of years I was amazed that there wasn't something similar in place and was even more shocked that if you wanted to recycle you had to pay a fee! Yeah, there' some incentive to recycle - NOT!

Jenn - posted on 10/21/2010

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I buy bottled water occasionally, but for the most part I grab a glass and turn on the tap. Our water is fine to drink, but there are some places around here where their water tastes like crap. And @Sharon - how does your water bottle get stolen - a lot?

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I don't buy bottled water on a regular basis because I'm trying to lessen my footprint on this earth. On occasion though, like for my son's birthday party this past weekend, I'll buy a case of water for guests. I'll drink what is left, return the bottles for deposit and then save maybe one or two for portable use to fill with tapwater if I need one while driving. Other than that, I just use a cup, some ice and tap water.

Erin - posted on 10/21/2010

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I don't buy bottled water for home. Never have. Our tap water is perfectly fine!! The only time I buy it is when I'm out and about.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 10/20/2010

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I drink both bottled and tap water...as well as my son,
my hubby wont touch tap water..unless it was the last thing to do. also my baby boy only gets bottled water...with juice, or just to have a few sips...
my mother atcually looked at me like i was crazy, when she went to fill up his bottle with tap water, and i said..."No ma, only bottled water for him," i didnt say it smart..its just that he is her only grandchild that has not had tap...as of yet..when he is older like 1years i will

Lindsay - posted on 10/20/2010

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We always have 2 24-pack bottled water cases in the house. We don't routinely drink bottled water, we either drink tap or from the fridge filter. Our bottled water is mainly just to have on hand in case of an emergency.

Cat - posted on 10/20/2010

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the flavored water we get, are fairly simple easy to read ingredients, main ingredient WATER... the only artificial sweetner I dont buy is aspartame... and I have quite the sensitive stomach, I cant even drink full strength coffee... So if its something I can drink, I let my kids drink it... If the choice was between juice, Koolaid, or flavored water, I'd pick the flavored water every time...

Sharon - posted on 10/20/2010

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I've tried the reusable water bottle, it gets stolen - alot. I do refill my water bottles as often as possible.

I buy a case of 24 for $3/4 so I'm not paying $2 for one bottle (ARGH!) The kids I work with - constantly ask for water from me. I'm beginnin to think I need to get a water crock so they can get their own water for pennies. I can refill the large 5 gl bottles at home from our well. Or those water centers.

But for myself. I really try to restrict how many bottles of water we buy.

The kids have all have reusuable water bottles and they are routinely stolen. I'm resisting buying any more.

Caitlin - posted on 10/20/2010

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Cat I wasn't implying that you are trying to kill your kids, I just really don't like those sweetners, mostly because they give me the worst heartburn/indigestion that i've ever had in my life. I'm so happy that tetley (the tea guys) just came out with tetley tea infusions. It's a pack of syrup with real brewed tea (concentrated), and brown sugar that you add to a bottle of water and mix up well to give you iced tea. It's super fast at work, and none of those crystal light thingies ever did it for me because they made me feel sick all night, so I much prefer that (I work 12 hour nights, so cafeine is a must, but I can't stand coffee).

Johnny - posted on 10/20/2010

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I buy bottled water. It is all I can currently drink. I have a fairly severe intolerance for chlorine, and one full glass of water will leave my stomach upset and lead to other "bathroom" issues (I know, TMI). No filtration system that I have used, except for the full standing system, which we can not afford, even comes close to filtering enough of it out. However, our region is in the process of building a new water treatment facility, and in the next 2 years, will be going chlorine-free. I am excitedly anticipating giving up bottled water. I'm very careful about my footprint in all other areas, so using bottled water really bugs me.

Cat - posted on 10/20/2010

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Yep, that's what I'm talking about, I'm trying to kill my kids one bottle of water at a time, and I love every minute of it...

Caitlin - posted on 10/20/2010

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ooo, those fruit waters are usually all artificial sweetners and flavours *cringe* if thats what i think you're talking about...

Cat - posted on 10/20/2010

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I get bottled water all the time... but that's cuz my husband works for a water bottling plant, so I kinda like to support our livelyhood y'know... Other than that, I can take it or leave it, but my kids are absolutely fanatical about the flavored water, they love it, and I like it cuz I think its better than juice and it gets them drinking water.... We have great tap water too though, so I use that a lot for most other things... I do hope my husband can find other work, it sucks to know that his job depends on an industry that's under fire...

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We buy a case of bottled water every year at the beginning of hurricane season. We also stock up on batteries, canned meals, lighter fluid for the gas camping stove and lanterns, and gas for our vehicles. Bottled water is not something we normally buy, but water is something we do not want to be without in an emergency. Granted, we've never lost our water in a hurricane, but we have been without electricity for a week and a half. You can never be too prepared.

After hurricane season, we'll drink off the water slowly. We might take a bottle or two with us on a day trip for example. But on a day to day basis, we'll use our re-usable bottles.

C. - posted on 10/20/2010

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That guy was great!

I like reusable bottles.. Mainly b/c it costs a lot less than buying pack after pack of bottled water. I bought a Brita filtered pitcher for our house when we moved out here (my family has actually been using them since they came out, though). I love it. Though if we were living in PA near where my PapPap used to live, I'd be drinking straight tap water.. Makes my mouth water just thinking about the nice, cool well water.. So refreshing.. *snaps back to reality*.. Anyway, we try not to use bottled water unless it's a last resort.

Caitlin - posted on 10/20/2010

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The last time I bought a bottle of water I was stuck in the hospital in the ER iwth my daughter and was really thirsty, and in the crying fuss before leaving, I forgot to pack my reusable bottle.

JuLeah - posted on 10/20/2010

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Water that sits in plastic, more so if it is in the heat, has been sighted as a cause of breast cancer. One in my family has been battling this and the 'experts', doctors, nurses, cancer specilists .... all said the same thing. Don't cook in plastic (never microwave in plastic) not drink water or jucie or tea out of plastic bottles,

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We have a filter on our fridge, so we just drink tap from there. I honestly cannot tell you the last time I bought bottled water, I just think it is wasteful, plus it's expensive and I just don't see the point.



If you're in the market for bottles, we use Polar Bear Bottles.

Jodi - posted on 10/20/2010

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I have LOTS of refillable bottles at home, and we take those pretty much everywhere we go. There are very few times I resort to purchasing bottled water. Generally only the rare occasion we are out somewhere for a long period of time and forgot our drink bottles :)

Caitlin - posted on 10/20/2010

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That sounds awesome Loureen. It really makes me cringe to see how many people buy these bottles in industrial quantities.. This bottle is on my x-mas list this year, it's awesome and they even have transition sippy cups too for kids.. a much better option, and with the built in filter it's super practical!

http://www.thewatergeeks.com/Wide-Mouth-...

Charlie - posted on 10/20/2010

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I have had a reusable filtered bottle for a couple of years now its great , some towns in Australia have actually banned the sale of bottled water and installed filtered water fountains all through the town !

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I buy a bottle of water and refill it repeatedly w/ tap water until it needs replaced w/ another bottle. Not the best possible choice, but not the worst either.

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