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Gremlinzzz
December 30th, 2010, 12:07 AM
Probable carcinogen hexavalent chromium found in drinking water of 31 U.S. cities.most likely tip of iceberg of pollutants.checked my area water report and we have dirty water.so I use a store bought filter.

johntaylor1887
December 30th, 2010, 01:02 AM
I drink bottled water, but not plain. It's called Powerade. (I drink the 0 calorie version) And yes, I recycle them.

cariboo
December 30th, 2010, 01:04 AM
I use bottled water, as our water although it's clean and pure has a very high iron content. We run it through a water softener for normal household usage.

TheLions
December 30th, 2010, 01:08 AM
Tap water, in Croatia tap water is clean and cheap...

oldsoundguy
December 30th, 2010, 01:09 AM
Live on an aquifer .. water is pure, but tastes like crap (this city is in the upper 20% for water quality and purity) .. but I have to filter it to be able to drink it!

Chronon
December 30th, 2010, 02:03 AM
Tap water. It's free.

mips
December 30th, 2010, 08:47 AM
Tap water, but that will probably change as our water quality (just like everything else around here) is going down the tubes.

handy
December 30th, 2010, 09:41 AM
50% of all bottled water containers on the planet end up in landfill.

There is currently government departments looking at how they can solve this situation.

Of course the best way to fix the problem is to give the people good quality, chemical free tap water. Which is rarely an easy or cheap solution. BIG problem.

We use a Wellness Water filter that is extremely high quality & has the benefit of being the cheapest water filter on the planet to own. 25 years for the average family of 4.

I just looked on the web for a link & found that they have just ceased trading & staff members have set up another company. They no longer have the same range of products but perhaps as time goes on they well expand their range?

http://www.naturallyfiltered.com/

Grenage
December 30th, 2010, 09:46 AM
Tap water; I've been drinking it all my life, and I like the taste. That said, when we had the misfortune of travelling to Florida earlier this year, I couldn't drink their tap water. It tasted bloody awful. ]

handy
December 30th, 2010, 09:50 AM
Tap water; I've been drinking it all my life, and I like the taste. That said, when we had the misfortune of travelling to Florida earlier this year, I couldn't drink their tap water. It tasted bloody awful. ]

All town waters & town water supplies' plumbing systems are certainly far from equal.

We have some country towns in Oz where the locals have refused to allow chlorine & other chemicals to be added to the town water supply.

So many towns & cities in this country have water that stinks of chemicals as it comes out of the tap.

Evil-Ernie
December 30th, 2010, 09:57 AM
Here in Sunny Swindon we have nasty hard water that tastes 'orrible, but I just cant justify the cost and environmental impact of bottled water as although Swindon water tastes inferior to the far more lovlier water of my Birmingham upbringing it is just as safe and clean to drink out the tap.

piquat
December 30th, 2010, 02:27 PM
I actually live in a town about 35 miles from Omaha and the tap water is horrible.

EPA recommendations for disolved solids is around 150ppm max IIRC, it's been a while.

The stuff in my town rarely dips below 300ppm. I don't even cook with it unless I filter it first.

cascade9
December 30th, 2010, 02:27 PM
Mostly just tap, I keep forgetting to get a decent filter when I have ther cash. :S

I never buy bottled water. I have a nice steel drinking flask that I take everywhere (say NO to aluminium!).

BTW, wheres the option for 'rain water'? Not that I drink it much these days, no tank where I live, but its always been the best water IMO.


All town waters & town water supplies' plumbing systems are certainly far from equal.

We have some country towns in Oz where the locals have refused to allow chlorine & other chemicals to be added to the town water supply.

So many towns & cities in this country have water that stinks of chemicals as it comes out of the tap.

Yep. Brissy water used to be pretty good in general, but since they put chlorine in its been horrid.

Edit- flouride, not chlorine. :|

Frogs Hair
December 30th, 2010, 04:53 PM
Tap water = less plastic bottles .

Grenage
December 30th, 2010, 05:09 PM
Chlorine evaporates readily, so a jug of tap water left in the fridge is a an option for many. My wife does this, but I still drink from the tap.

NCLI
December 30th, 2010, 05:18 PM
I drink it straight from the tap. Denmark has some of the purest water in the world, so there is no chlorine or anything else in it. Lovely water.

msandoy
December 30th, 2010, 08:40 PM
When at home, on the norwegian vest coast, I drink tap water, it is still clean and pure. When at work, I'm working on a ship, I produce my own water (approx. 30 tons pr/day). Completely pure, and add minerals with a remineralizing filter. The best water ever.
The best of both worlds. :-)

mcduck
December 30th, 2010, 09:16 PM
tap water, of course. Around here it's actually cleaner than any bottled water can be.

I do sometimes boil the water I take from lakes and springs when trekking, though, but most of the times I don't even bother to do that. :D

infestor
December 30th, 2010, 09:57 PM
i've been lucky enough to drink clean tap water all my life. although it is full of calc in copenhagen i dont give a damn :)

Gremlinzzz
December 30th, 2010, 10:41 PM
FLOW stealing water?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGd9D4J0lag

ve4cib
December 30th, 2010, 10:48 PM
Up until about a year or so all we did here was dump huge amounts of chlorine into the water to kill off *almost* everything. Winnipeg's water comes from a lake not far from the city, and is fairly clean most of the time. But with all the chlorine it smelled (and tasted) rather much like a public swimming pool. So I always filtered it first.

But now we have our spiffy new, state-of-the-art water treatment plant, and our tap water is A: cleaner than before and B: does not make me think I am having a glass of something a few dozen 12 year old boys have urinated in.

So these days it's pretty much straight from the tap. We've got a Britta jug in the fridge too, but I rarely use it anymore.

t4thfavor
December 30th, 2010, 11:07 PM
I drank well/tap water all my life, and never got sick, or had any sort of vitimin deficiency until I moved to a place where there was no wells aloud. Now I have to take a calcium, and iron supplement or they wont let me give blood anymore...

I have been thinking of hand drilling a well in my basement, and getting that tested, but then if I ever got caught, I would probably be arrested for not using the city supply (and paying for my water...).

zer010
December 30th, 2010, 11:19 PM
Tap. Our water comes from a well on the property. No water bill, just pay for the electricity to pump it.

handy
December 30th, 2010, 11:26 PM
Our water comes from a small (at this point) river which has some of the cleanest water in the country. Though we still filter it, primarily for my wife's benefit as she is somewhat sensitive to the world at large.

So, as above, electricity to pump it up to our 5,000 imperial gallon tank, then another pump which operates the household pressure system garden & all that.

bouncingwilf
December 30th, 2010, 11:32 PM
Tap water - don't want to drink all those nasty phallates leached out of bottles that just then litter the countryside!

Bouncingwilf

MisterGaribaldi
December 31st, 2010, 12:07 AM
Household under-sink Reverse Osmosis filtered water. No other way to fly.

While out and about, bottled water. Oftentimes personally-refilled bottled water (R.O.-sourced).

RandomJoe
December 31st, 2010, 02:34 AM
I'd go broke if I bought enough bottled water to slake my thirst! Especially if it was in those silly little bottles everyone else seems to like buying. I never sip water, I guzzle it down! The small town I live in has well water, it is treated but tastes great to me.

I used to be more picky about other water supplies, only due to taste not really worried about "quality", but it's funny how lots of bicycling can change you. Now I'm almost to the point of "if it's wet, I'll drink it!" :lolflag:

One exception - if I don't have a jug of water with me (will carry a gallon of water in the cooler if I pack my lunch) I'll grab bottled water at the office. Something about the plumbing there - the taste is HIDEOUS.

sandyd
December 31st, 2010, 03:12 AM
Reverse osmosis as well. I don't drink bottled , I have two canteans

Gremlinzzz
December 31st, 2010, 03:13 AM
This cant be good think ill get a better filter.
Drugs found in drinking water

How do the drugs get into the water?

People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down the toilet. The wastewater is treated before it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lakes. Then, some of the water is cleansed again at drinking water treatment plants and piped to consumers. But most treatments do not remove all drug residue.


http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-10-drugs-tap-water_N.htm

sandyd
December 31st, 2010, 03:26 AM
This cant be good think ill get a better filter.
Drugs found in drinking water

How do the drugs get into the water?

People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down the toilet. The wastewater is treated before it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lakes. Then, some of the water is cleansed again at drinking water treatment plants and piped to consumers. But most treatments do not remove all drug residue.


http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-10-drugs-tap-water_N.htm
same thing where I used to live.

all the waste water was flushed into Lake Ontario, then the water was used to provide tap water...

ewwwww

Gremlinzzz
December 31st, 2010, 03:38 AM
I don't like the idea of drinking recycled toilet water.
plus this part sounds bad
And while researchers do not yet understand the exact risks from decades of persistent exposure to random combinations of low levels of pharmaceuticals, recent studies — which have gone virtually unnoticed by the general public —[ have found alarming effects on human cells] and wildlife.

oldsoundguy
December 31st, 2010, 03:43 AM
RE bottled water. I almost laugh out loud every time I see the price for Arrowhead Spring Water.

At one time my parents lived just down the hill from the Arrowhead spring and it's bottling plant. They worked a 5 day week so Saturdays and Sundays the holding tanks would overflow and come down a small stream bed that ran through their property. Dad constructed a catch basin, and that is what he used in the swimming pool. Just imagine the cost!! (and the savings over municipal water to fill that hole in the ground!)

handy
December 31st, 2010, 04:43 AM
Amatil (the Coca-Cola company) own most of the spring drinking water companies in Oz. China is apparently investing heavily in water here too, but in a different fashion than Amatil has been doing for decades. This is a good background on the situation:

http://www.moneyweek.com/investment-advice/share-tips-water-stocks-50327.aspx

I'm glad I live on a clean fresh water river, though I see the price of water (just like electricity) quickly escalating over the next 10 years for the average person in not only Oz.

mobilediesel
December 31st, 2010, 05:04 AM
Probable carcinogen hexavalent chromium found in drinking water of 31 U.S. cities.most likely tip of iceberg of pollutants.checked my area water report and we have dirty water.so I use a store bought filter.

I live near one of the 31 cities on that list, Ann Arbor, MI, and they report that they do test for hexavalent chromium. There's no record of it being found in their water over the last few decades of testing for it.

That report came from the Environmental Working Group. They're mostly a scare-mongering organization that wants absolutely everything to be declared a poison so it can be regulated and taxed.

dmizer
December 31st, 2010, 06:31 AM
Rarely drink water (or anything other than the occasional beer) at all. The "chronic dehydration" thing is mostly a myth. You can get enough fluid from the food you eat. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89323934

Then there's the bottled water myth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfPAjUvvnIc (Penn and Teller FTW)

handy
December 31st, 2010, 07:39 AM
I love my kidneys & so try to get at least 2 litres of water into me a day, apart from anything else I may drink that is not water.

Apart from the dehydration issue, there is the flushing out of toxins. If you are drinking enough your urine will be clear or close to it. Unless you are getting a pile of B vitamin supplements into you which will make it a strong pale yellow or are eating a lot of beetroot or drinking beetroot juice, which will make it somewhat red, which has been known to scare some people into thinking they have nephropathy or something of that ilk.

dmizer
December 31st, 2010, 09:20 AM
I love my kidneys & so try to get at least 2 litres of water into me a day, apart from anything else I may drink that is not water.

From the article http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89323934


Myth No. 2: Drinking Lots of Water Helps Clear Out Toxins

The kidneys filter toxins from our bloodstreams. Then the toxins clear through the urine. The question is, does drinking extra water each day improve the function of the kidneys?

"No," says Goldfarb. "In fact, drinking large amounts of water surprisingly tends to reduce the kidney's ability to function as a filter. It's a subtle decline, but definite."

snopes agrees too: http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/8glasses.asp


To replace daily losses of water, an average-sized adult with healthy kidneys sitting in a temperate climate needs no more than one liter of fluid ...

According to most estimates, that's roughly the amount of water most Americans get in solid food.

Best advice as to drinking is ... drink when you're thirsty. Despite the fact that I rarely drink anything, I am only infrequently thirsty. Of course I also eat quite a bit of noodles and soups so ...

Grenage
December 31st, 2010, 09:43 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-10-drugs-tap-water_N.htm


measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion

I don't think that's much to worry about. That said, how finely do home filters... filter?

lisati
December 31st, 2010, 09:50 AM
The tap water here is usually pretty good and safe to drink.

Gremlinzzz
December 31st, 2010, 01:35 PM
I don't think that's much to worry about. That said, how finely do home filters... filter?

I bought this one after reading, think I need a better one.
http://www.purwater.com/pur-products/faucet-water-filter/2-stage-vertical.html

Phrea
December 31st, 2010, 01:56 PM
Tap water.

handy
January 1st, 2011, 02:28 AM
...

Best advice as to drinking is ... drink when you're thirsty. Despite the fact that I rarely drink anything, I am only infrequently thirsty. Of course I also eat quite a bit of noodles and soups so ...

I disagree.

If you don't drink much you don't get anywhere near as thirsty as you do when you drink more. Try it & you will see.

Also, people with lower than healthy blood pressure are less thirsty, & have to make themselves drink, not because they are hydrated correctly, but because they have a biological infirmity.

It has also been found that drinking water increases brain function & helps the functioning of our memory.

Here are some links I found with a quick search re. tests on the brain function of dehydrated adolescents & children:

http://www.waterforwork.co.uk/Neurosense.aspx

http://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/publications/pubInfo.php?foreignId=pubmed%3A20336685

http://www.carolineedmonds.com/publications/

As far as kidney function & water is concerned, I was told by Professor Nanra, the leading kidney specialist at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, that I like everyone else should drink at least 2 litres of water/day for the health of my kidneys. So I do. :)

teh'p3nsi0n3r
January 1st, 2011, 04:10 AM
tap water doesn't bother me. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_supply_and_sanitation_in_Scotland

Schrute Farms
January 1st, 2011, 06:11 AM
I've got a filter hooked up to my fridge at home.
At work, there's a tap drinking fountain that tastes pretty good if you let it run for a few seconds.
I definitely prefer the taste of the filtered water though. Except after brushing my teeth. For some reason, tap water tastes the best then.

mips
January 1st, 2011, 08:21 AM
I love my kidneys & so try to get at least 2 litres of water into me a day, apart from anything else I may drink that is not water.

Apart from the dehydration issue, there is the flushing out of toxins. If you are drinking enough your urine will be clear or close to it. Unless you are getting a pile of B vitamin supplements into you which will make it a strong pale yellow or are eating a lot of beetroot or drinking beetroot juice, which will make it somewhat red, which has been known to scare some people into thinking they have nephropathy or something of that ilk.


From the article http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89323934



snopes agrees too: http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/8glasses.asp



Best advice as to drinking is ... drink when you're thirsty. Despite the fact that I rarely drink anything, I am only infrequently thirsty. Of course I also eat quite a bit of noodles and soups so ...

I drink between 2-3 litres of water a day not because of health reasons but I have just always loved water ever since I can remember. When I leave the house I take 2x 500ml bottles of tap water from the fridge with me to keep in the car which I sip on. If I go swimming or surfing I have a bottle before and a bottle afterwards. Think I was born a water baby. Nothing as nice as gulping down fresh cold water from a mountain stream.

The only other liquids I drink is 100% fruit juice, green tea or beer, I love my cold beer :D
I might have about 6 cups of coffee a year but beyond that I can't stand the stuff, also hate these sugar laced fizzy drinks, yuk.

The way I figure it is that it is definitely not bad for me.

handy
January 1st, 2011, 09:19 AM
...
The way I figure it is that it is definitely not bad for me.

I wish I had always had that habit.

It takes a lot of water to drown your kidneys. Which unfortunately an ecstasy freak does from time to time...

mips
January 1st, 2011, 11:16 AM
I wish I had always had that habit.


Sometimes when I go for a beer at the pub (it's usually a hot day) I'm so thirsty the first thing I order when I get to the bar is 500ml glass of cold water which I drink quite quickly, the funny thing though are the stares and the comments I get :D

handy
January 1st, 2011, 12:10 PM
Sometimes when I go for a beer at the pub (it's usually a hot day) I'm so thirsty the first thing I order when I get to the bar is 500ml glass of cold water which I drink quite quickly, the funny thing though are the stares and the comments I get :D

Tell them its Vodka!

mips
January 1st, 2011, 02:06 PM
Tell them its Vodka!

Lol, that would be hard core :D