Water - the same everywhere, no? The answer is a definite NO! My first suspicions about the stuff that comes out of the tap were many years ago, when my dishwasher went on the fritz. The repair line told me to contact my municipality's water department and ask for the number of grains. Apparently, this is a way of keeping track of hard minerals and other materials in the water. My city's water was so bad, it was even shutting down appliances! I never drank out of my tap again.
So, I tried to be economical. I bought a filter, thinking it would be cheaper than buying water in the store all the time. But, again - the water was so hard, the filters would stop working after a few days! I am a dedicated bottled water purchaser now, even using the bottles for making coffee, tea and lemonade.
I really learned about water as a judge of the International Water Tasting Fest in Berkeley Springs, WV. I tasted 60 waters from around the world. Some were sweet, some were more mineral-like, they even had different weights in the mouth! We checked for impurities, scent (there should be none), refreshing qualities. Very fine waters are bottled with tinted glass or extra premium plastic, so as to not affect the flavor. Believe it or not, you get very thirsty tasting water. This is because drinking lots of water will wash out your saliva, so you actually crave more water. And, just like a wine-tasting, we followed each glass with a cracker, to produce more saliva. Why not host your own water-tasting, for a healthful way to entertain your guests?
I really don't know anything about water except that we're supposed to drink a ton of it and that tap water is supposed to be bad for us. But I am frugal and I don't mind the taste of tap so what is so bad about it? What do those hard minerals do to our bodies? Aren't we designed to take in water with impurities? I am so confused. Help!
My grandmother, a lawyer, had this big civil case a few years back that somehow involved suing for bad city water...can't remember all the details. Anyway, I remember her learning a lot of scary facts, and from that point on it was bottled or nothing. I myself, because it's cheap and convenient, do sip from the tap here and there. It tastes just fine, smells like nothing, and I feel refreshed! But it's not so refreshing to think that I could be slowly poisoning my body...any further advice or supportive research??
People always joke, ?there's probably someone just sitting next to the sink and filling up these bottles? and laughing all the way to the bank?; but we just kind of laugh it off and hope that the bottled water we're paying ridiculous amounts of money for, is somehow better or cleaner.
Check out my post about the real source of Aquafina and Dasani bottled water? its actually pretty shocking : http://www.wellsphere.com/viewActivityPosting.s?articleId=2319&activityTypeId=507
I ran into a national sales rep for 1litre -- fancy bottle water for the rather upscale, high-end lifestyle folk.
1litre.com says this about tap water (just knowing this makes me want to get bottled water.)
Why does my municipal drinking water taste or smell "funny"? Will it make me sick?
Here's some useful information on the four most common causes of bad-tasting or 'smelly? water and their effects on your health:
- The chlorine that's added to the water to kill germs can cause a noticeable taste. Heavily chlorinated water may also contain "reaction products," but these products are tasteless and colorless and are limited by the US Environmental Protection Agency's rules.
- A rotten-egg odor in some groundwater is caused by hydrogen sulfide, a smelly chemical that's dissolved in the water. However, in such small amounts, hydrogen sulfide is completely non-toxic.
- Some algae, bacteria, and tiny fungi that grow in surface water sources can give off nontoxic, smelly chemicals that can in turn cause unpleasant tastes in drinking water. Different algae cause different tastes and odors - grassy or swampy, for example - and fungi can give water an earthy-musty taste.
- Metallic tastes can come from copper or iron that has dissolved into water from your pipes. Copper can cause short-term health problems like diarrhea and cramping. Iron has no effect on health.