I'm cheap. I get it honest. Dad grew up on a south Mississippi farm, and he knew how to stretch a penny. He's also generous; he's just not going to through money away.
So I never understood why someone would buy a bottle of water when you could get it for free at home. OK, technically not free, but at a fraction of a penny per gallon it's practically free.
I always thought that bottled water was purer than tap, but that's not true. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates tap water, is stricter than the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates bottled water.
The EPA doesn't allow any bacteria in tap water. There cannot be any confirmed E. coli or fecal Coliform bacteria in tap water, while the FDA allows a certain amount in bottled water. Not enough, obviously, to get anyone sick, but that pretty much puts the nix on the purity argument.
Some people object to the taste of tap water, specifically the chlorine, but it's the residual chlorine in the water that ensures that the water is bacteria free. Bottled water filters all chemicals out, including chlorine. That may sound like a good thing, but many of the naturally occurring chemicals in our water are good for us, and filtering all chlorine out of the water means that any bacteria that may get in--through the plastic bottle, for instance--are not killed.
But all you have to do to eliminate the chlorine taste is put the water in the frig for eight hours and the taste will dissipate.
Bottled water costs anywhere from $.80 to $4.00 a gallon, while tap costs pennies per day.
And there are no plastic bottles which take thousands of years to degrade in our landfills.
So this is one of those times when being cheap is actually better for everyone, including the planet.
If you're in the habit of buying bottled water, try getting a filter instead, filling a Water for Christmas aluminum bottle before you go to bed so it will be both cold and tasty in the morning, and donating the savings vs. bottled water to Water For Christmas.
Just an idea that will help bring clean water up from the African ground.
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