newyork water

Of course! Bottled New York City tap water!
It has historically held its own in blind taste tests with the "premium" stuff, and the EPA loves it, so serial entrepreneur Craig Zucker, 29, started selling it. He opens a tap in Brooklyn, filters out the chlorine smell, has it tanked to a Jersey bottler, and delivers it (himself) to retailers in the city, at a price that enables a 35-cent reduction from premium labels. And it's eco-friendly, in that the water doesn't have to be shipped in from Maine (or Fiji!). So now, why would anyone pick a premium brand out of an NYC deli cooler? [Ed.: Because.] Los Angeles Times
     Posted By: Chuck - Wed Feb 25, 2009

I drove a Hudson once. I'd not want to drink water from it either!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/25/09 at 12:27 PM
We spendt billions of dollars over the decades to build a system that delivers clean, safe water, for pennies, directly to our homes. Then what do we do? We go out and start buying water at a rate that is hundreds of times greater.

I say we, but I really mean you, as in "you, the bottled-water buyer".
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 02/25/09 at 12:36 PM
Kingmonkey - Where do the Brita users fall in this?
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 02/25/09 at 12:39 PM
The water is safe Jules. Sometimes the pipes it comes through is old and less safe (yummy, yummy lead). That is where the Brita users come in. If someone is a habitual bottled water purchaserthey spend more in two weeks than if they purchase a Brita and a reusable bottle. Then again there are those who get it because it is a status symbol ("look at me, I drink Evian and I'm too stupid to realize that's naive spelled backwards). I loved the episode of Penn and Teller's Bull$41T that had people comparing different bottled waters that had all been filled from the same hose behind the restaurant. :lol:

One of the biggest criticisms about bottled water is not the outlandishly proced water but the disposable bottle. Just think of all the bottles in landfills.
Posted by DownCrisis on 02/25/09 at 12:57 PM
I'm with you on that. I have 2 or 3 bottles that I re-use over and over for going to the gym and other such things. Until they've been around long enough I suspect stuff might start growing, then they go in the recyling bin.
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 02/25/09 at 01:02 PM
In the US 2,000,000 plastic bottles are used EVERY 5 minutes! If you'd like to see what that looks like, take a gander at the work of artist Chris Jordan.
The plastic bottles are about the sixth item down, just below the amazing Barbie dolls.
Posted by StanFlouride on 02/25/09 at 02:17 PM
StanFlouride - Thanks for that link. That's seriously eye opening.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 02/25/09 at 04:13 PM
water is water but then again snobery is snobery too. it's a yuppie thing. not to say i won't buy bottled water occationally as a convience if i'm out and thirsty but that's it. before anybody asks, i don't trust water fountains because of other people.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/25/09 at 05:57 PM
I haven't had pure tap water to drink for years. I don't even brush my teeth with it. Why? My aunt came to visit about ten years ago and she showed me this nifty experiment you can try in your home. Get a regular glass, that you would drink water out of and fill it from your kitchen tap. Next, cover it with clear plastic wrap and secure the wrap with a rubber band. Then place the glass in the window (a window that receives a lot of sunlight is best). Come back in 24 hours. Check the water for floaties. Every time I've tried this, and I do it whenever I move somewhere new, the water usually has several things growing or floating around in it. The longer you leave the glass in the window, the more you'll find. And the less you'll want to drink tap water. :lol:
Posted by Nethie on 02/25/09 at 07:02 PM
how do you know the bacteria wasn't on the glass? did you do this experiment with bottled water? just wondering nethie. 😊
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/25/09 at 07:07 PM
I have actually done it with bottled water, because I have too much free time, and you still get floaties, just takes longer than 24 hours. Generic brands such as the Wal-mart stuff are the worst. The best was Voss (from Norway), but that's ridiculously expensive. So do what I do - drink scotch. *hic*
Posted by Nethie on 02/25/09 at 07:25 PM
So Nethie, as long as we don't get those new fangled bladder windows installed we can drink tap, right?
Posted by Madd Maxx on 02/25/09 at 10:00 PM
nethie there is a certain amount of bacteria everywhere. your saliva starts to break things down and your stomache acid continues the process. both are geared to kill this small amount of bacteria. i wouldn't drink the water after it sat and they grew. just as i wouldn't eat something that sat out allowing bacterial growth to begin spoiling it. your body has an immune system to protect you from small amounts of this stuff. that said just do what you are comfortable with and enjoy the scotch, alcohol kills bacteria also! 😉
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/25/09 at 10:30 PM
hey there's something to be said for having a clean ass you know! :cheese:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/26/09 at 06:55 AM
CanUKgirl, you're thinking of Walkerton, ON. That was an e. coli outbreak, or something like that, in the water supply.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 02/26/09 at 08:28 AM
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