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Drinking water
« on: May 18, 2014, 07:47:41 PM »
I was getting our water today and it got me to thinking. What do other people consider good drinking water.

When I first moved to the area long ago we had a shallow well and the water had a funk to it from the mineral content. Perfectly safe but not perfectly pleasant.
  We (my ex and myself) were turned on to this spring about 15 minutes away from our home. That was back in '88.
  With our recent home purchase we found that the well had the same funk. The spring that did us so well in the past was again very close by (10 minutes).

I've been meaning to share this and ask you folks this question for a while now.

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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2014, 08:14:12 PM »
Unfortunately my area is about as far away from yours as can be. I pay 25¢/gallon for purified water. It's what we drink and cook with.

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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2014, 09:03:49 PM »
We have a 225 foot deep well and tests safe but well water quality can change without notice so we drink water post a UV light and RO filtration system. Not needed but I feel better knowing its safe without doubt.

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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2014, 04:58:46 PM »
My wife only drinks Poland Spring from those plastic bottles. I feel for the dolphins, so I drink whatever comes out of the faucet. The government says it's safe!   :chili:

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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2014, 05:38:12 PM »
Britta filter pitcher in the fridge.   Makes what comes out of the tap taste as good as water from a natural limestone spring, and that was the best water I ever had.   Better than bottled for sure. 
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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2014, 06:06:24 PM »
+1 on the tap but no filter.

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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2014, 06:30:32 PM »
I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.

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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2014, 08:16:12 PM »
We have a well.  Straight is has a litle "flavor" to it, but run it through the softener and the fridge filter and it's fine.  To us at least.   :bigok:
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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2014, 12:43:56 PM »
My wife only drinks Poland Spring from those plastic bottles. I feel for the dolphins, so I drink whatever comes out of the faucet. The government says it's safe!   :chili:


Does she know bottled water is usually just somebody else's municipal water supply?

And as to the original question, I have Lake Michigan water.  It tastes fine from the tap.
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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2014, 12:55:04 PM »
I have pointed that out. I used to work for Coca Cola and actually purified the tap water for bottling. My life is easier if I don't press her on the small stuff.

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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2014, 01:47:14 PM »
Here is a similar spring in TN.

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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2014, 02:30:11 PM »
I have pointed that out. I used to work for Coca Cola and actually purified the tap water for bottling. My life is easier if I don't press her on the small stuff.

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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2014, 02:34:22 PM »
Interesting bit of trivia: there's basically no regulation on bottled water. You could literally take water from your tap and bottle and sell it and there's no one to say shit about it. You have to back up your claims - so if you say it's purified, it has to be. But if you just call it bottled water, you're golden.

This is why buying bottled 'spring water' can be iffy; plenty of Eastern mountain springs yield water with an unhealthy quantity of cytoplasts (I think I have that name right) - basically the same bacteria that's in cat boxes. Unless it's labeled (and can be verified) as purified, you're really no better off.

Me, I generally drink whatever comes from the tap.

The house we just rented has a RO filtration system, and that water is pretty darned nice and enjoyable.
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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2014, 02:44:09 PM »
I suffer from oxalate based kidney stones.  My body stores too much oxalate due to the fact it doesn't store calcium adequately.  The more dietary calcium I can consume, the better.  So, I drink a lot of our local tap water becuase it's high in calcium.  The funny thing is, the calcium rich water can be a problem for calcium based kidney stone sufferers. 

Spring water is generally low in calcium levels and it's nearly nonexistent in purified water. 

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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2014, 03:21:26 PM »
Maybe I'll start my own water company.  My well will yield 45 GPM I'm told so I could do a pretty good business.  Mmmmm.  Filtered earth juice... 
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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2014, 05:24:39 PM »
Tap through the filter in the fridge.
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Re: Drinking water
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2014, 06:19:15 PM »
Our municipal tap water is consistently rated highly, but I don't like the taste of chlorine.
We've been using RO units since the '80s at home, but I VERY seldom drink water (or any liquid, really) unless its saturated with caffeine.
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