bottled water is a scam
#1
The issue of bottled water reveals how effective the media and marketers are at brainwashing people. I think all people should hold availability of clean water as a human right above education and other rights, as it is fundamental. But instead people have become content to purchase their water while allowing business to pollute local resevoirs. It really is ridiculous and insane.________________________________________
PepsiCo to disclose water supplier: tapThe labels on its Aquafina bottles will state that the content is from a public source.From ReutersJuly 27, 2007

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NEW YORK ?PepsiCo Inc. will spell out that its Aquafina bottled water is made with tap water, a concession to the growing environmental and political opposition to the bottled water industry.

According to Corporate Accountability International, a U.S. watchdog group, the world's No. 2 beverage company will include the words "public water source" on Aquafina labels.

"If this helps clarify the fact that the water originates from public sources, then it's a reasonable thing to do," said Michelle Naughton, a Pepsi-Cola North America spokeswoman.

Pepsi's Aquafina and Coca-Cola Co.'s Dasani are both made from purified water from public reservoirs, as opposed to Groupe Danone's Evian or Nestle's Poland Spring, so-called spring waters shipped from specific locations that the firms say have notably clean water.

Coca-Cola said it would start posting online information about the quality-control testing it performs on Dasani by the end of summer or early fall.

"Concerns about the bottled-water industry, and increasing corporate control of water, are growing across the country," said Gigi Kellett, director of the "Think Outside the Bottle" campaign, which encourages people to drink tap water.

San Francisco's mayor banned city employees from using city funds to buy bottled water when tap water was available. Ann Arbor, Mich., passed a resolution banning commercially bottled water at city events.

Critics charge that the bottled water industry adds plastic to landfills, uses too much energy by producing and shipping bottles across the world and undermines confidence in the safety and cleanliness of public water supplies, all while much of the world's population is without access to clean water.

But industry observers said such opposition was unlikely to drain U.S. sales of bottled water, which reached 2.6 billion cases in 2006, according to Beverage Digest. The industry newsletter estimated that U.S. consumers spent about $15 billion on bottled water last year.

"Consumers have an affection for bottled water. It's not an issue of taste or health, it's about convenience," the newsletter's publisher, John Sicher, said.

Dave Kolpak, a portfolio manager at Victory Capital Management, said the environmental objections would have little effect on the bottom line for Pepsi or Coke, although he acknowledged that it could slow the market's growth.

"Pepsi and Coke do not make a lot of profit" on bottled water, Kolpak said.
 (OK, well let's see, at about $1 a bottle, where does the money go? One would think that at the same price of $1 a can for cola, the profit margin off of soda is smaller than water..... )
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#2
I had a friend who worked for the Fairfax County Water Authority in Virginia.  Plans were drawn up to market tap water as "George Washington's table water".   It was scrapped but it got far along.  It is all a ruse.  But I have paid for Vichy water.  I just think it's cool.  And here in Ireland, Ballygowan has been bought by an English company.  Sacrilege. [Image: huh.gif] [Image: bubbles.gif] 
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#3
I think bottled water is a huge waste of money.  It always amazes me that people are willing to spend so much money on something they can get for free from their taps.

When I lived in Florida the big local brand of bottled water was Zephyrhills Spring Water.  The secret?  If you lived in the city of Zephyrhills, FL you got the same water from your tap for free.

To improve the taste of our tap water we installed a water filtration system and we use that.  It's much more cost effective.  It tastes better (a lot of bottled water tastes like plastic to me). And I'm not adding hundreds of plastic bottles to landfills.

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#4
I like Ozarka spring water.

Where my parents live, they get a notice in the mail just about every month that their tap water 'did not meet health standards'...so they boil it and put it in a Brita filter.

Some people also drink bottled water to avoid flouride...I wonder if Aquafina bottled tap water has the flouride in it hehe.

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#5
I agree with the brainwashing comment about tap water. My wife is "addicted" to bottled water and I've been trying to tell her for a while that tap water is just fine. I've told her about Brita filters and the ones you can attach to the faucett. I remember watching a video online as well where people at a restaurant we asked to pick water from a list as you do a wine list. The restaurant claimed to have water from different springs around the world and they would ask peoples opinon on taste and other criterion. People fell for it big time! They would say "Oh yes this definitely tastes like it comes from a moutain spring blah blah blah...then they pan the camera to the back of the restaurant where this guy is filling up glasses of water from the tap, not only that but using a hose!! hahaha....
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#6
Where my mom lives in MS her tap water is actually a yellowish brown. Filling up a bathtub of water is just scary, and the water smells. :puke: When I'm down here I drink a lot of bottled water, even though I know its tap water. Its better than what we've got down here. At home we have a water filter system that works great, so we don't typically buy bottled water unless it's Perrier or some other sparkling water (which I adore).

Where I used to live in WY our water actually came pretty much straight from mountain streams (after a trip through a filtration system). Our water in Rawlins tastes great. I've noticed that bottled water is popular where the tap water is less than desirable, but where tap is good I've noticed that bottled water isn't seen everywhere.

Has anyone ever visited the Swiss Alps? We went to a small village named Champery and the water that ran down the mountain was directed into water troughs throughout the village. It just poured into the trough and townspeople would come and get a drink and fill their bottles with it. That water tasted better than any I've ever had.
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#7
Carole Wrote:It always amazes me that people are willing to spend so much money on something they can get for free from their taps.

When I lived in Florida the big local brand of bottled water was Zephyrhills Spring Water.  The secret?  If you lived in the city of Zephyrhills, FL you got the same water from your tap for free.

I don't know where you live Carole, but here we have to pay for our tap water. Granted it's cheaper than bottled water but try taking a 20 minute shower w/o my dad having a hissy fit about the water bill [Image: laff.gif]

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#8
If your tap water comes out yellow, you might consider checking/replacing some plumbing. One could also boil the tap water to be on the safe side.
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#9
Tap water isn't free in NJ either. But I do drink Poland Spring mostly, although I occasionally drink the tap. I used to drink Aquafina...and would have never guessed that it contained tap water. I never liked Dasani...it always made me thirstier (if you look at the ingredients list, it will say that it contains a trace amount of salt).

Oh, and the plastic bottles are recycled in my area.
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#10
51olds Wrote:If your tap water comes out yellow, you might consider checking/replacing some plumbing. One could also boil the tap water to be on the safe side.

Many people around here do. As far as plumbing, she just had the house built a few years back and the water was yellowish then too. It's just the area. Not all cities around Jackson have that problem though.
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