Is bottled water healthier?

It's ironic. In many parts of the world, there is no clean drinking water. Here in the U.S., pure, drinkable water flows out of every tap, and yet Americans buy a staggering amount of bottled water. We pay big bucks for it, too — more than $15 billion a year.

Worse of all, the bottles are overflowing our landfills and contributing to global warming. Take a look at this video from Doug James:

Also illustrating the case against bottled water:

* More than a quarter of bottled water is just processed tap water, including Pepsi's Aquafina and Coca-Cola's Dasani. Despite this, bottled water consumption is growing at 10 percent a year, faster than any other beverage. We drink 15 times more bottled water today than we did in 1976.

* This doesn't mean we're healthier, despite the ads. Federal regulations for municipal water are far more stringent. Bottled water rules allow higher levels of many contaminants, with more lenient requirements for filtration, testing, and reporting. See NRDC’s bottled water report for details of contaminants by brand.

* The earth isn’t healthier for it, either. According to the Pacific Institute’s fact sheet (PDF), manufacturing the 30+ billion plastic water bottles we bought in 2006 required the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide, and used three times the amount of water in the bottle.....................

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Never had time for that water they sell in grocery markets, anyway. Why in the world, I thought. Me, I take myself, my horse and my little dog down to the crick every morning. They lap it up while I tote buckets of it back up to the house. Always have enough to last the day. I put it in the cellar to keep it cool.

Patience is a great virtue.

just upstream from where you draw that water, d-dub.

I always wonder what you do every morning when I see you there.

Jeep driver,
Me and the animals seen you up there. Wondered how you got down the gulley. Must have a Jeep, ol' Shep told me. We tried to pay never no mind. We figgered it's just a lonely man grabbing himself while thinkin' 'bout a woman he never will get. But, damn, boy, you pissin' while you should be squirtin'? Don't be messin' up my creek, now. Shep's gone running to get a box of 30-odd, I'm getting my long-arm out, and ol' Henry's ready to stomp your sorry butt once I knock you to the ground with a couple of rounds. You won't have to worry 'bout pissin' or anything else soon enough.

Patience is a great virtue.

any day now. His "stompin" days are behind him, in case you didn't notice.

Shep has gone a-runnin' not for shells like he told you, but when he saw my thang hangin' out he thought it was a python. Ran for his life...

Now that I know it's YOU, dw, I won't be pissin' in yore crick no more.

But when you see something brown floating your way downstream, consider it a gift from me to you, friend.

Cherish your friends. They are worth more than gold.

This has turned into a real pissin' contest, and the two of you sound like you're from Brokeback Mountain.

Here in the U.S., pure, drinkable water flows out of every tap,

Not so, Red. There are parts of Florida that have a major shortage of potable tap water, and have had this shortage for years.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

California & New York are planning to ban bottled water. Some restaurants are already refusing to serve bottled water & are charging up to $5. a glass for tap water. Kind of ironic when you consider that California was the first to get this country on this bottled water kick (I think).

Don't be carin' 'bout the New York and Californey boys. I'm out to get the one calls hisself Lone Ranger. Anybody like'd to be peeing and dropping turds in public ain't got much to live for, the ways I see it. This boy's got to be shot dead. Boy sure seems to have his pecker in his hand alot. Is he Lone Ranger or Alone with Stranger? Your left hand sending your right hand thank-ye flowers, Lone Boy? Make 'em petunias for yer grave.

Patience is a great virtue.

You didn't see me, so how can it be called "public"?

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

P.S. What are you REALLY doing down by that stream ?

Folks say you do a lot of "fishin'".

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