The Story Of Bottled Water

Submitted by: PUDDING1961 6 years ago in

Tap or Bottle, I-A-B? Watch this before you answer.
There are 106 comments:
Male 63
tap water in most areas is not dirty. but full of heavy metals. and unless you think chlorine is good for your body i would suggest you get a filter that isnt just a carbon filter. which is what most cheap water filters are. which doesnt do much, other then just remove enough chlorine to make it not taste like metal.
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Male 17,512
Get an inexpensive water filter for your kitchen faucet, <$20 at most stores, Buy a couple of 1 gallon pitchers, Attach filter, Fill pitchers, Place pitchers in refrigerator, Enjoy cool filtered water.

When one pitcher is empty fill it back up and put it back in the fridge. You will always have cold clean filtered water and never have to worry about plastic bottles.
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Female 582
"Only individuals choose and it was obviously their choice to drink bottled water."

Bullpoo. These companies have tricked us into thinking that our tap water is dirty and unhealthy. If you really dislike the taste of your tap water, buy a faucet water filter or those little packets of flavored dust.

(Honestly though, if you`re so hopped up on sugared / flavored all the time that you can`t even enjoy the taste of regular water, then you should probably cut back.)
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Female 1
obviously... these people have never tasted NJ (northern) tap water, which has been proven to literally make people sick from drinking it. in northern NJ, they issue tap water bans and warnings, telling the public when it is and isn`t safe to even BATHE in it!
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Male 143
Manufactured Demand? Uh, if people choose to buy bottled water, then so be it. Only individuals choose and it was obviously their choice to drink bottled water. Also, do you know how many chemicals they have to put into tap water? Even if it is just purified tap water, at least it`s purified. Just another scare campaign to save the dying world. Aside from needing more trees and woods (I like mountain biking, I care about my interests too), we are all doing pretty well.
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Male 63
every state has to add stuff to the water to keep bacteria from growing. and i dont want to drink chemicals that they put in. if you are concerned about you water. buy a tds meter. test your water. i will drink my filtered water over tap everytime.
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Male 759
Tap water is free? Take a trip to your local water treatment facility, look at your local water towers...does that look free to you? We spent and spend a lot of money, spread out amongst the local taxpayers. So use it. We pay and built a lot to make sure the water coming out of your kitchen sink is safe enough to drink.
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Female 394
Lucky me, Nebraska has great water- no need for bottled. Though I still see people wasting money on bottled water.. it baffles me.
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Male 411
you don`t pay for clean water..you pay for piece of mind...you get neither.
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Male 1,293
Here is the Penn and Teller video:

tinyurl.com/39ujqf
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Male 1,293
This is "The Story of Stuff".

Much as I disapprove of most bottled water, The Story of Stuff are a bunch of lying propagandists, so don`t waste your time watching it. Look up Penn and Teller`s "Bullsh*t" episode on water instead.
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Female 249
i can`t stand the way she only moves half her arm when she talks.
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Female 235
I won`t waste my time watching. I drink tap water so I don`t add to the plastic mess...will that change anything? Prob not but it makes me feel better. And it tastes perfectly fine in my city. Everyone else in my house drinks bottled...but they leave them half full and unclaimed which means my dog gets bottled water, too!
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Male 663
>>>LMAO, the market is not made by the little people, do you honestly think Apple cares what people want.<<<

Let`s see if apple did not care what people want they would not be able to sell what they produce. Oh they somehow "force" us to want what they make. Then why the h... do they make anything. Would it not be cheaper to collect cow dung from the fields and sell that? Oh sorry the makers of this video beat them to it.
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Male 1,737
LMAO, the market is not made by the little people, do you honestly think Apple cares what people want. Nope, they tell you what you want, which is whatever they are peddling that day. They lure you into thinking your unique and a individual if you purchase their products, and than call you mindless sheep is you buy anyones else products.

The reality is, they don`t give two sh*ts about the customer, just their money. This applies to almost all Capitalist run business`s, after all, it`s the American way.
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Male 1,737
Isn`t this what every company tries to do though? Some are just better at it than others. Frankly everything should be made to order to waste as little resources as possible, which would drop the prices on everything, but that cuts into profit and we can`t have that can we. Cars are the best example, they produce more than they know they can sell, and jack up the price to make up the difference, and it`s a huge waste of resources. Simple solution, cars should be made to order, and not created before there`s a demand. That way half the line won`t end going to waste.
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Male 6
This is one of the few videos on youtube that actually made me mad by watching it. 90% of what this stupid woman says in bull crap. Marketing inst here to make needs BUT TO COVER THEM. Bottled water was made to make it convenient and hygiene to get water like outside your house when you are thirsty. This video reminds me so much of the religious propaganda they tell small kinds because all the facts in this are completely one sided. And its not like bottled water is overpriced 0.5 euros is cheap...
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Male 688
I really just can`t watch these, every word out of here mouth sounds like a conspiracy theorist. She or her writers don`t seem to understand that things are the way they are is because the majority of people make them stay that way be by being a consumer.
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Female 56
Penn and Teller did a great episode of Bullpoo about this. But then, they`re generally good at pointing out the stupidity of the general populace.
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Male 663
>>>And also @dang007: A newspaper and "last nights chicken sandwich" would decompose long before a plastic bottle would....Just sayin`. <<<

You are correct of course but they would LAST MUCH MUCH longer in a land fill than out side of one. and they have excavated land fills and found newspapers several decades old in great shape. Probably not a chicken sandwich though. Just using some hyperbole and rhetoric like the video does.
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Male 663
>>>Well, stupid is as stupid does. Maybe the people spending their hard-earned cash on bottled water that costs more per unit than gasoline when they can get the same thing out of the tap at home SHOULD be talked to like four year olds.<<<

Well yes of course if YOU don`t see the benefit then no one else should have the choice. Give me your email address so I can run all my decisions by you first.

The market is made by people, PEOPLE ARE NOT STUPID especially in the long run. If this is really so bad the market will sort it out.
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Male 663
>>>Nothing to not much, depending on what the tap water was like.

It`s mainly about branding. They want a consistent level of mineralisation in the water they sell at a massive profit to people willing to throw money at a name. So they filter out whatever traces of minerals were in the tapwater ("hard water") and add a consistent trace amount of minerals to give the product a consistent taste.<<<

Bingo SO IT`S NOT TAP WATER, and no matter were I get it it is the SAME. Worth every penny.
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Male 112
what if you`re not at home and you`re thirsty for water and you forgot to bring your own
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Male 2,850
@capnlumps

"these videos are so far-right its not even funny."

This video is railing against corporate abuse of the free market, and calls for greater funding of taxpayer-supplied water as a service rather than a commodity...

...and you call it right-wing? Do you even know what right-wing means?
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Male 533
"It`s just so more convinent to buy bottles of water."

In what way is this true? Compared to what? Do you carry the water between your car and home?

Is the store closer to you than your kitchen?

I think she meant bottled FAYGO =\
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Male 12,365
[quote]Aquafina and Dasani are filtered tap water. Hum I wonder what they are filtering out?[/quote]

Nothing to not much, depending on what the tap water was like.

It`s mainly about branding. They want a consistent level of mineralisation in the water they sell at a massive profit to people willing to throw money at a name. So they filter out whatever traces of minerals were in the tapwater ("hard water") and add a consistent trace amount of minerals to give the product a consistent taste.
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Male 488
Do Americans call it "Tap water"? But I thought the American for tap was "faucet"? Weird.
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Female 1
Again, this is a question of what you grew up with. You get used to the taste of to water if you constantly drink tap water. I find the taste of water in glass bottles to be the tastiest since that`s what they had in the country I grew up in.
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Male 25,417
lolz expected all these facts
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Female 255
Bottled water is best at times of natural disaster when tap is contaminated!!
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Female 295
Problem is: my tap is gross. I moved into an apartment and my water tasted dusty and metallic. My faucet needed to be replaced, but the apartment complex refused since it still was functioning and delivering clear-looking water. I tried running the water for a while, but it didn`t help.

So I buy jugs of water and live off those for a while. Typically, though, I prefer tap.
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Male 4,546
"It`s just so more convinent to buy bottles of water."

In what way is this true? Compared to what? Do you carry the water between your car and home?

Is the store closer to you than your kitchen?
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Male 2,551
Oh yeah, forgot about something.
We went to holiday in Malta, where the tap water was really quite fowl (tasted bad, looked quite disgusting etc), and so we had to purchase bottles of water. Unfortunatly Malta happens to be pretty hot, so we had to purchase them in huge quantities. That`s the only time I`ve not minded bottled.
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Male 7,933
britt566
Female, 13-17, Eastern US
2141 Posts Sunday, June 19, 2011 10:07:38 PM
"Let`s be honest though..... Cleveland sucks"

I can say the same about your hair-do.

Cleveland ROCKS
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The greatest thing that has ever happened in Cleveland is when the Dallas Mavericks won the championship.

Yup, I just said it. The best thing in Cleveland... is Dallas.
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Male 58
HalfPintRoo: Just fill a pitcher with water and let it sit in the fridge for about 24 hours and the chlorine will completely dissipate. I have the same problem with the city I live in and found out this little tidbit and it definitely works - no more taste or smell of chlorine. I then pour that water into a Pur pitcher because I`m paranoid :-)
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Female 2,289
I don`t drink bottled water. I drink bottled vitamin water.
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Female 1,380
It`s just so more convinent to buy bottles of water.
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Female 2,289
"Let`s be honest though..... Cleveland sucks"

I can say the same about your hair-do.

Cleveland ROCKS
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Female 2,761
My tap water smells and tastes of Chlorine- badly. I drink bottled. When I lived in the major city near me- the tap was fresh, crisp and delicious! Better then bottled. All depends on where you are.
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Male 313
I drink bottled water when I am not at home to use my filtered tap water. I never noticed a different taste to any water. It`s water.
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Male 25
Sadly enough she doesn`t take into account what region you live in. Not all region`s are suited for water treatment plants.
With that said, Am i glad i live in the Netherlands, we`ve got pretty much the cleanest tap water in the world. People who buy bottled water here are pretty much laughed at, since the tap water is much cleaner then the bottle stuff they sell you..
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Male 2,790
WetSquirrel, i see i`m not the only one who saw that

but she is right. why pay for something you can get a lot cheaper for way more, without all the pollution
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Male 1,595
I caught a LOT of deception and old mentalist tricks of persuasion in the video.

But, I`ve agreed with this before the campaign was started so I`ll just let it slide.
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Male 7,933
"scaring us, seducing us, misleading us"

is she talking about bottled water or her ex?
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Male 1,010
I have never bought water. Personally i feel like stabbing anyone who are stupid enough to pay for a basic, human natural right.

There is a very high recycling ratio on bottles here, practically every bottle is recycled. So it`s not the enviroment, as much as just the plain and complete stupidity that lies within the mind of a person willing to pay water, and how incredibly annoying it is to have to see these people.
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Male 7,933
Let`s be honest though..... Cleveland sucks
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Male 103
hey i do my part. I bought a klean kanteen two years ago! reusable water bottles are good for other things too; like beer! mine is a 40 ouncer and yes I`ve totally put a 40 in there for work :D
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Female 803
i hate the girl that makes these videos. the last one posted was so wrong on so many levels that it was sickening.
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Male 54
@ 1:14 "(Fiji water) costs thousands of times more (then Cleveland tap water)"

Illustration shows Cleveland tap water at $0.01 and Fiji water at $2.00... that`s only 200 times more.

If a mistake like this is made, I cannot watch anymore!
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Male 63
if you have ever filled a gallon jug or 5 gallon jug at one of those machine outside of grocery stores you would know that, that water is only being put through a 5 to 8 stage filtration systems. most are 6 stage. 1. sediment filter 2. 5 micron carbon block 3. 1 micron carbon block 4. R/O membrane 5. post carbon block 6. u/v sterilizer. (the u/v sterilizer may be in a different order)
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Male 41
these videos are so far-right its not even funny.

with that being said i sympathize with the majority of this video, its just stupid the way they dehumanize the rich and see companies as incarnations of pure evil.
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Male 914
Penn & Teller covered this and did a much better job.
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Male 625
I hate this war vs bottled water crap. Yes, I`m informed. I happen to prefer the taste of my bottled water over the taste of my local tap. I like the convenience of bottled water because I work outside. I realize I`m paying for this convenience, and to me its worth it. Got nothing against tap, I just prefer my bottled water.

It creates waste. Don`t have anything for this... so apparently I`m a bad person. Personally, I see it as funding the jobs of people managing the waste :P
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Male 1,451
Why doesn`t anyone make the reusable water bottles in the same shape/design as "disposable" ones?

I really like that shape and think that neck size is perfect for drinking.
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Male 3,482
Yeah... I have well water. Doesn`t matter how many times you filter that poo, I`m not drinking it.

I really wish we didn`t use it to cook, considering what it does to the dishes.

Also, just a thought, but I wonder what happens when everyone has one of those re-usable bottles and the companies`s producing them start losing business because all their consumers have already, well, consumed...?
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Male 2,868
Anyway, Penn and Teller did a way better send-up of bottled water on an episode of Bullsh*t.
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Male 2,868
[quote]the woman makes it out like we are all 4 year old`s and need to be talked down to. [/quote]

Well, stupid is as stupid does. Maybe the people spending their hard-earned cash on bottled water that costs more per unit than gasoline when they can get the same thing out of the tap at home SHOULD be talked to like four year olds.
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Male 1,244
This video made me thirsty, so I grabbed a bottle of water. Also, the tap water here has rocket fuel in it thanks to a missile manufacturer called AeroJet
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Male 280
Not a choice for everybody, in my country drinking tap water can be deadly and is certainly dangerous. I have been drinking bottled, 5 gallon demijohn, water all my life. 36 years, way before bottled water was cool.
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Female 472
I laughed at the mention of the FIJI campaign involving Cleveland water. I remember that campaign. I grew up in Cleveland and drank their tap water for 24 years and nothing is wrong with me.

And also @dang007: A newspaper and "last nights chicken sandwich" would decompose long before a plastic bottle would....Just sayin`.

I get the point of the whole video, but I think it was executed poorly. Like others have said, the woman makes it out like we are all 4 year old`s and need to be talked down to.
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Male 490
Ill stick to bottled water, thanks. I`d rather not drink the chlorine and crap that gets put into our tap..
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Female 3,562
I wish I had tap water. I have well water, this crap is disgusting and I refuse to drink it.
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Male 541
And she gets paid to waste her life, being an effing environmentalist?? Just because she hates bottled water doesn`t mean we have to. You can tell the video is a bunch of BS because she keeps harassing the idea of bottled water with so many reasons it`s not good. If it`s too expensive, let her drink tap water. And I hate her voice. She is talking like we are stupid.
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Male 663
Aquafina and Dasani are filtered tap water. Hum I wonder what they are filtering out? The point is this woman thinks people are stupid and should not have the ability to make decisions. The video is full of phrases that are crap. "Real recycling would turn these bottles into other bottles." Her example that 1/3 of bottled water is just tap water she supports with the example of Dasani and Aquafina, which she notes is NOT bottled straight from the tap, and is not advertised as more than that. She also comments that most water bottles are land filled were they stay for 1000 of years. Well duh that`s the point of a land fill. Your newspaper and last nights chicken sandwich will do the same.
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Male 514
mandated flouride is the biggest problem with tap water
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Male 84
I don`t like how the opening of this assume that everyone isn`t "having fun". I have lots of fun.
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Male 7
Normally yes I do agree that bottled water is pretty dumb, but where I live the tap water causes kidney stones.... So no thank you. I do try to re-use the bottles though! (and filtered water does not taste the same)
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Male 150
Bottled water and tap water taste the same to me but filtered water tastes like crap.
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Male 10,440
[quote] Some people are too good to get their water from the kitchen sink I guess. [/quote]
More like some people are too dumb to get their water from the kitchen sink.

The message here is old. It has been said many times before and everyone who isn`t an idiot agrees.

The problem is not the companies, rather the people who are stupid enough to believe what an advertisement tells them. For this reason I have no grudge against BW companies. They are acting predictably - and well within the rules. Since when does advertising have to tell the truth?
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Female 513
I use my Brita filter to filter the tap water, because it does have an odd taste to it here in Surrey (must be all the crack heads and whatnot filtering in to the water system lol) and it tastes just as good, if not better, than bottled water. I can`t drink Aquafina b/c of the weird taste it has - though Dasani is about as tasty as my Brita water.
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Male 3,619
I hate her videos because most of them have the underlining message of "durr corphurashins da bad for yous".

Though I already knew bottled water is a bigger durr than her videos.

Don`t get me wrong, the town I went to college at`s water had an iron aftertaste where if I drank too much at once I would get a sore throat, but I still didn`t buy bottled water.
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Male 317
Other countries tap water tastes funny. Always prefer bottled when Im on holiday
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Male 15,832
Out tap water comes from 1000`-deep limestone wells. It`s a LOT better than any of that bottled crap.
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Male 533
Besides, some of our water comes from White river. A common place for dumping bodies. =\
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Male 533
The water in Indiana leaves a harsh lime residue on my dishes. That and other minerals. This can cause kidney and gallbladder stones. Many companies use straight tap water anyway. I, still, would rather it be from a cleaner tap than what we have here. Wasn`t it proven that this bitch doesn`t know WTF she`s talking about when she tried referencing Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in her argument against corporations?
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Male 101
That`s one thing about living in the Pacific Northwest. Tap Water tastes better than the bottled water. Down in the South tap does taste a bit pooty being hard water and all. I don`t respect anybody who buys bottled water around here.
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Male 2,850
"You know you`re a picky son of a bitch when you whine about the taste of water.."

Bingo.
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Male 910
You know you`re a picky son of a bitch when you whine about the taste of water..
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Male 270
For the most part, tap water is fine, most places I would drink tap water without a problem...but

Where I live, there is too much chlorine in the tap water, every drink taste like chlorine.

We use tap for cooking and other needs, everything besides drinking really. Drinking water=bottled in my house.
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Male 4,546
"bottled water and tap water do NOT taste the same".

Bottled water and bottled water do not taste the same. Also, about gagging, there`s always the Placebo effect, and the fact that people like more expensive things, simply because they`re expensive.
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Male 528
meh, depends where you live, personally i don`t give one for the environment or my bladders health, aslong as it doesnt contain lead or ammonia i`m a tap man
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Female 11
I don`t care what Penn & Teller or anyone else says, bottled water and tap water do NOT taste the same.
I tried drinking tap water last week and gagged. Glad to have my bottles back.
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Male 1,178
I`ve always drunk tap water... Didn`t realise most people didn`t. I only buy a bottle of water if I`m out and I don`t have anything with me to fill up.
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Male 63
buy a reverse osmosis unit. saves alot of money. and is clean and great tasting.
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Male 2,703
how was she not doing the `scaring us` tactic?

I usually go to the local refill station that has a RO filter and I pay $.25 to fill up 3 gallons. Would it be cheaper to use tap? sure, but my tap water tastes terrible since they changed to surface from well, also there is a strong chlorine smell from all the chloramines in the water. I could also get a RO filter for my house, but until I can see myself ponying up that dough, I`ll continue to buy my filtered water.

also, if you read the label of bottled water, they say where it is bottled and from most of the time it clearly states "bottled by [insert town] municipal water source" read:bottled tap water from XXX town. sometimes they also state how it has been filtered, be it reverse osmosis and/or carbon filtration
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Male 1,440
Penn & Teller did a video on their Tv show about this...Video on youtube.
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Male 4,546
StupidGTS.

Let me be clear here. I had to delete 14 expletives in this response, because I *hate* when people itemize.

I dislike it. It is silly. It does not prove your point. Ever.

Even though I have the opposite opinion me posting a link like this, does not a jot towards showing you that your link is full of "symbols".

Because it`s one link. It`s an item. An item that people will remember. An anecdote. A drop in the ocean of statistics that you have brought to the forefront, and it means, statistically, truthfully, really, accurately, sweet bugger all.

As does mine.

So stop it.
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Female 11
Her hands annoyed me.
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Male 4,546
Doesn`t anyone remember drinking water from a tap before bottled water became popular?

Also: The windy.
Fiji is in my opinion, the best tasting bottled water, it should do better therefore than all bottled, and most tap. Not better than all cities tap-water which taste different. I always thought simply labeling water as "tap" was meaningless when comparing it to "Fiji, Dasani, etc" rather than "Bottled".

San Francisco Tap usually beats Fiji. Cleveland apparently does too. Just as tapping the local "in" pipes of a sewage plant usually loses.

See here SF tap beats fiji, but loses to volvic for example.
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Male 1,231
@stupidgts; that was a bad link you got another?
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Male 49
its because they filter it you can get filters for water for use at home all what she says is true thats why people boil water to kill germs
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Male 2,841
Some people are too good to get their water from the kitchen sink I guess.
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Male 773
@DMonk

1 water bottle + 2 pop bottles > 2 pop bottles
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Male 1,226
"Scaring us, seducing us, misleading us..."

Since when is that not simply `advertising`?
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Male 239
Says Law: Supply creates it`s own demand-
By supplying the product and advertising the sh*t out of it, companies can create distortions in the demand side of the goods market

I hope that pays off in my eco exam on Thursday haha
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Female 71
Even if we stopped drinking bottled water... What about bottled sodas and teas? That`s still an issue. It`s not just bottled water. Nevertheless, I like bottled water. The water from my tap is disgusting.
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Female 1,589
These videos always say that more people like the taste of tap water more, but when I did my own taste test at school (with about 20-30 students) most liked the Fiji water. I also included a lower grade bottle water, and that came in second.
Makes me wonder where they are getting this information from, and if it relies on the demographic.
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Male 771
i prefer bottled where i live now, the tap water tastes horrible
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Male 535
her videos are pretty much made up, one sidded BS. I`m not even going to bother and won`t watch this.
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Male 215
Answer before vid: Tap.

After vid: Tap.

Funnily enough, I watched this in school just a couple days ago.
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Male 1,011
The only reasons to get bottled water is in cases of natural disaster or if you`re going to a place where water is lacking. (camping, hiking, etc)

Also if you just happen to like Perrier or the other mineral waters, but those come in glass bottles from my experience, so much easier to recycle as well.
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Male 2,422
I hate bottled water. It actually makes me thirstier somehow.
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Male 57
I`ll never forget the story of stuff with all it`s inaccuracies, I can`t keep a straight face when I watch ANY of their videos.
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Male 2,551
I`ve always preferred tap. Bottled water always has a metallic taste when I drink it.
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Female 446
Link: The Story Of Bottled Water [Rate Link] - Tap or Bottle, I-A-B? Watch this before you answer.
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