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BS: What kind of water do you drink?

Thomas the Rhymer 08 Mar 04 - 11:30 PM
Peace 08 Mar 04 - 11:33 PM
CarolC 08 Mar 04 - 11:43 PM
Allan C. 08 Mar 04 - 11:58 PM
Scoville 08 Mar 04 - 11:59 PM
Blackcatter 09 Mar 04 - 12:05 AM
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Metchosin 09 Mar 04 - 12:14 AM
Shanghaiceltic 09 Mar 04 - 12:22 AM
Peace 09 Mar 04 - 12:22 AM
Thomas the Rhymer 09 Mar 04 - 12:56 AM
Nerd 09 Mar 04 - 01:26 AM
open mike 09 Mar 04 - 01:27 AM
GUEST,freda 09 Mar 04 - 01:47 AM
Rustic Rebel 09 Mar 04 - 02:12 AM
freda underhill 09 Mar 04 - 03:13 AM
dianavan 09 Mar 04 - 03:30 AM
Kim C 09 Mar 04 - 10:25 AM
Mooh 09 Mar 04 - 10:35 AM
Rapparee 09 Mar 04 - 10:49 AM
Raptor 09 Mar 04 - 10:59 AM
Allan C. 09 Mar 04 - 11:17 AM
Mooh 09 Mar 04 - 11:37 AM
Midchuck 09 Mar 04 - 12:01 PM
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Bill D 09 Mar 04 - 12:27 PM
McGrath of Harlow 09 Mar 04 - 12:28 PM
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Clinton Hammond 09 Mar 04 - 01:14 PM
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Subject: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 08 Mar 04 - 11:30 PM

I drink a lot of water. Usually, I just get gallons at the grocery... and drink up the lot of it... But today, on account of the balmy weather today here in the North West I looked for something different. So, I reached for some other water... and then, 'Smart Water' caught my eye. Upon reading the label, I found that it contains electrolyte, and was without any sweeteners or fake sugars. But when I was in the checkout line, I had some time on my hands... so I kept reading. I broke into rather wild giggles...

"Side effects may include being called nerd, dork, geek, dweeb, brainiac, know-it-all, smarty-pants, smart-aleck, bookworm, egghead, four-eyes, einstein or being mistaken for the I.T. guy"

I was hooked, and I hadn't even taken a sip...

It is good, BTW... and not too spendy...

So, what water do you drink?
ttr


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Peace
Date: 08 Mar 04 - 11:33 PM

Tap.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: CarolC
Date: 08 Mar 04 - 11:43 PM

Why do you need electrolyte in your water? Are you out in the hot sun a lot?

I drink mostly distilled. My favorite, and what I would drink almost exclusively if I could, is really good, sweet (not minerally), fresh spring water right from the spring. I used to have some of the best and sweetest mountain spring water coming right from my tap. To me, that's one of the ultimate luxuries a person can have. The water we have here comes from a river and it's horrible. So it's distilled for me.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Allan C.
Date: 08 Mar 04 - 11:58 PM

Generally, I prefer the wet varieties. Among my favorites is the water I get from that nifty filter doodad that is attached to my kitchen sink faucet. It helps in making good coffee and tea which comprise the forms in which the greatest percentage of my liquid intake comes.

It is a little known fact that I was once a professional water taster.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Scoville
Date: 08 Mar 04 - 11:59 PM

I drink the stuff from the big water machines at the grocery store. It's a lot cheaper in the long run to get it that way. I wouldn't bother at all except the water here tastes horrible (LOADS of chlorine and little floaties) and ruins the flavor of juice, tea, etc. that you make with it.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Blackcatter
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 12:05 AM

Here in beautiful Orlando Florida, the water is filtered with state-of-the-art Ozone systems and only the federally required minimum of chlorine is added. It's tasty stuff that was rain water as little as 40 years ago.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 12:06 AM

well water from the Metchosin volcanics, makes beautiful beer too.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Metchosin
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 12:14 AM

oops no cookie, surprise! that was me.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Shanghaiceltic
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 12:22 AM

Bottled water.

Some tap water here in China has things in it that even the Chinese won't eat.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Peace
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 12:22 AM

Blackcatter, export that stuff. You could make a fortune!


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 12:56 AM

Yes, CarolC, occasionally the sun is out around here... and when it is, I work in it. Lots of sweat. Electolyte on a hot day makes my attitude almost pleasant! If I'm not careful, my getupandgo turns to muscle cramps and a very painful type of sensuality... ;^)

Glug, glug, glug...
ttr


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Nerd
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:26 AM

We have a filter and filter the tap water ourselves. It works out to be cheaper than buying bottled water all the time. At work (in Camden, NJ) we drink Deer Park or some such bottled Brand.

Actually, my boss once bought a case of this bottled water that was just labeled "bottled water," not "filtered," "spring," "purified," etc. So I read the label to discover that the source was the Fire Road Treatment Plant in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Not exactly a crisp Maine spring!


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: open mike
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:27 AM

I actually sell those filter thingies with the spigot by the sink.
I drink Multipure filtered water. Even though i have clean mountain
stream water you never know what fell in, pooped in or died in the
water upstream, and we have had cases of giardia around here. The
filter i use is guaranteed to remove particles down to .5 microns
which is supposed to keep giardia cysts and other ooglies out of the water. They are made of solid carbon blocks and I have used them for years. I have customers who get them because they remove chlorine
taste from tap water which is treated with that. The medicine you
have to take to remove giardia, flagel, is carcinogenic so i hope
to prevent having to take that treatment!! It is quite efficient
financially and otherwise to have a point-of-use water filter in
your home instead of hauling jugs around or taking up space for a
dispenser in your house. Oh, my, the ads below are trying to sell
you bottled water with your own private, full color, waterproof
labels! What will they think of next??!!
p.m. me if you want to know more.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: GUEST,freda
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:47 AM

I drink Unique water (see below)
From Good Weekend 8.4.2002

Struck down by an incurable disease, journalist Paul Sheehan could get no relief from his chronic pain until he started drinking a local "wonder water". He's not the only one who swears by it - 100 other Australians (and their pets) are also swigging the stuff. So, is it the latest in snake oil, a miracle cure, or just a thirst-quenching placebo?

July 10, 1998, was not the sort of day you forget. It was a Friday. I woke up with a mouth full of ulcers. I had to go on national television, the Midday show, to be interviewed by Kerri-Anne Kennerley. It did not go well. When I got home, I received a phone call from my doctor.
"Don't leave the house," he said.

rest of the article

{long copy/paste removed--link added }
joeclone


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 02:12 AM

Holy waterery shit Freda, what the hell you doing? Writing a book! (Ha!)
Regretfully, I buy water also. My well water is not so well. I live in an area where rust is prevalent.
Carol, beware of distilled. It has been know to be so pure that it takes necessary elements from your body and rids them from your system.
No matter what you drink, in my opinion, in order to survive we need water. What we put into our bodies is what we will evolve into. That's what makes us stronger, it won't kill us but turn us into an evolving spiecies that your grandma won't recognize!
May the water goddess be with you in her purity and cleanliness.
Rustic


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: freda underhill
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 03:13 AM

hmm.. was a bit long, wasn't it!

I get a box every three weeks!

fred


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: dianavan
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 03:30 AM

I drink spring water at home but last week-end I drank water from an island pond.

d


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Kim C
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 10:25 AM

Water in a bottle. Whatever's the best deal at the grocery. Our house water is all right - we're on a well, instead of city water, but sometimes it gets a little salty from the purification/softening system.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Mooh
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 10:35 AM

Tap water usually, though only because our tap mounted filters keep breaking. The bride swears by the tap water at her rural school, must be a really good well.

My favourite water comes from an artesian well a few miles from our summer cottage, wonderful stuff. When I was a kid we drank straight out of Georgian Bay, but those days are sadly long gone. I remember plunging my head into small streams which flowed out of the Niagara Escarpment for long cold drinks on hot summer days, and fishing for brook trout there too.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 10:49 AM

We buy bottled water and reuse the bottles, filling them with filtered water from the tap. When the bottles get too grody or we get too many of them we chuck the old/distasteful ones into recycle.

If I had a choice, I'd drink the nearly frigid water that used to come from a spring I knew of. I think it's been bulldozed, now, though.

I've drunk from springs, both with and without biocides, from creeks, from ponds, and even from the Mississippi itself (you wait for the mud to settle).

If we become what we consume, what can be said about vegetarians?


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Raptor
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 10:59 AM

Culligan water from a cooler!

Raptor


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Allan C.
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 11:17 AM

In reference to what was said above by Open Mike and Mooh, I'll tell a brief tale.

Many years ago while searching for adventure on a bright, summer day, I drove along a backcountry road until it became a jeep trail. I followed the jeep trail to its end near the headwaters of a small stream. I hiked a vague, zig-zag trail that occasionally intersected with the stream. At one such intersection I discovered a lovely and most picturesque waterfall. The deep, pool that it had formed was irresistibly inviting. The water was so clear that the sandy bottom, four feet below the surface, was distinctly visible. I stripped off my clothes and waded in. The frigid, water was so refreshing and I had developed such a thirst that I drank my fill. I can't remember any water that tasted so good!

I sat on a rock ledge that overlooked the waterfall and basked in the warm sun until I was dry. Then I donned my clothes and decided my return trip would be more interesting if I were to walk the banks of the stream, following it back to the headwaters. I had traveled no more than two hundred feet before I found another shallow pool in which floated a dead deer.

It was a learning experience.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Mooh
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 11:37 AM

Allan C...My dear departed grandmother always said "you got to eat a peck of dirt before you die" and she lived to 99 years, most of them in good health. Your tale is too often true, especially nowadays, and it dulls the sparkle on those memories of childhood. I have kept my children from the enjoyment of the wild that I experienced because of the "dead deer floating upstream" syndrome and replaced it with safety skills I never used or missed at the time. We love to tramp those woods and streams but wouldn't dream of drinking from them now. Where my parents let me run wild alone from morning to night in the forests and the waters, I have made it a group activity for my own family.

In the past couple of weeks there have been chemical spills between Lakes Huron and Erie which scare the hell out of me, lots more than pissing in the pool.

Rosie the wonderdog is used to drinking from anywhere there is wet. Her first visit to salt water (Bay of Fundy) was an awakening though. For two weeks she was suspicious of even her water bowl.

I have been spoiled, raised by the Great Lakes, but now the lakes themselves are spoiled.

I need a drink of water.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Midchuck
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 12:01 PM

whiskeyand

Peter


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: okthen
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 12:25 PM

nonpharmaceutical.com
here's a link to freda's article.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Bill D
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 12:27 PM

freda...do you have a LINK to that article...that really does exceed the standards for copy & paste.


we live in the big city, so I got a filter to attach between the intake and the refrigerator water & ice dispenser..but the water line mechanism is kaflooey (technical term), so my wife has been buying "Drink More" water from a local franchise...has the ozone thing done to it.

One story: my mother went to high school in a little town in SE Kansas, and my brother & I went to a HS reunion with her many years ago. We went to a park for a picnic, and I went to the water fountain in the center and took a big gulp....and nearly gagged! Mom looked startled, then laughed..."Oh, I forgot! The water here is full of sulphur! We were used to it way back then." The restaurants filtered the water, so tourists were not stratled, but the park water was straight rotten egg smell!


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 12:28 PM

It tastes pretty good from our tap. As good as any bottled water I've tried. Maybe we're lucky - on holiday at times we've found the local tap water tastes vile, notably when we go to Sidmouth Festival. Perhaps it's just what you're used to, but they seem to sell an awful lot of bottled water in the shops there. Not that I drink much water at Sidmouth anyway.

There's a big laugh going around in England at present, because Coca Cola have launched a brand of bottled water, and it's leaked out that they make it in Peckham, in London, using tap water. Apparently they use some hi-tech system to take everything out of it but the water itself - but then, since it tastes pretty nasty when it's that pure, they have another hi-tech process to put stuff back into it to make it taste the way it did when it came out of the tap. Then they bottle it and sell it for a quid a bottle.

As they say, Coke is "the real thing" - in this case they are dead right... Real water, with a mark-up of a few thousand per cent.

Except they've shot themselves in the foot with this, and probably badly damaged the whole bottled water racket quite badly.

................

But surely, Mooh, there've always been the occasional dead deewr lying in streams. I suppose that normally there'd be penty of scavengers around to sort that out. Maybe your point is that they've been wiped out in some places.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Mooh
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:09 PM

McGrath...The point was more that something in the water killed the deer...canary in the mine stuff. Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:14 PM

I try not to cause fish f#ck in it...

gross...


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: open mike
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:15 PM

i second that warning about distilled...
there are minerals which we need and
if there are non in the water, they
can be leached out of your bones.
best not to keep it up with that
water for very long. it is good for
irons, radiators and car batteries,
though.
There are springs in Ashland Oregon containing
Lithium. This is what is prescribed to cure
some chemical inbalance types of insanity.
Ashland seems to be a mellow place@
There is even a car dealership there called
Lithia.
too much information here:
http://www.mentalhealth.com/drug/p30-l02.html
http://www.dailytidings.com/2003/news1201/120103b1.shtml
http://passporttoashland.com/article_274.html


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Metchosin
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:16 PM

I wasn't aware that so few drink their own tapwater. During the summer, my father-in-law liked our water so much, he would fill 2 litre pop bottles of the stuff and take it home and freeze it for future use. He always kept a thawing bottle in his fridge for drinking water. Our water is mineralized but fortunately, the iron and other stuff it is not over the top, flavour wise and is always icy cold with no smell of chlorine. Only real downside is that when our power goes off here so does our water but emergency preparation becomes second nature.

Because both our daughters had been raised on it, they found that the first thing they had to purchase, when they left home were Brita water filter jugs, because the smell of chlorine was so foreign to them.

Someone once commented that we were lucky to have all that free water coming out of the ground. What a hoot! This stuff doesn't come cheap when you factor in the personal cost of drilling a well, driving in casing, replacing pumps (we're on our 4th) and pressure tanks (2nd) over the years. If you roll that into the cost of a mortgage it becomes very pricey indeed.

What it does do is make one very conscious and protective of the precious the aquifer and because we only have a recovery rate of about 3 gal per minute on our well (one of the shallowerer of the drilled wells in this area) and there can be a very long period of drought from June until October, we have been in the habit of practising water conservation for the past thirty years. Fortunately, we have never run dry, although some of our neighbours have problems come September and have to have water trucked in. Might seem odd in what is considered by most as a temperate rainforest.

There has been noises in the last few years that the current provincial government is considereding imposing a tax on a well water. The supposed justification is to make us country folk aware of water conservation and only further confirmed my opinion that they are an ignorant lying bunch of bastards.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Emma B
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:26 PM

Our tap water used to be lovely - ok, sometimes (well mostly) it either had sand or small fesh water shrimps in it but hey that's only extra protein and if it was good enough to sustain shrimps it had to be healthy!
Now it is sparkling clean and tastes like diluted bleach - the smell even gets you before you taste a drop so it's volcanic mineral water for me.
Actually on a "blind tasting" an expert praised the Coke version and identified it as the purest tasting natural water!


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Blackcatter
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:27 PM

For those who don't know - Dasani bottled water is a Coca-Cola product. It's been sold for at least 5 years in the U.S. and is pretty successful.

Also - please note that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration have very little oversight in the field of bottled water. Most municipalities follow stricter guidelines for their water quality that the FDA requires for the bottled stuff.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:28 PM

I live in the country and have a 200 foot deep private well. Our water is indistinguishable from the springwater sold in stores. In fact, when our city friends come to visit, they bring containers so they can take a few gallons home with them.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:30 PM

tap water - except at work where there aren't any accessible taps to get it from!


Wayback - my Dad used to fill water jugs from our garden hose and take them to work with him because even out of the hose it was better tasting then the municipal water on the job site.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:41 PM

Dasani - that's the stuff. Chateau Peckham. "Pretty successful" means they've managed to sell lots of it. Probably better for you than Coke, I suppose. And the profit margin must be pretty healthy too.

I'm sure if I started bottling the stuff that comes out of our tap I'd get in big trouble.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: artbrooks
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:42 PM

Didn't I read last week that Coke had admitted that the water they sell in England is filtered London tap water?   Tap water is good, and I've never lived anywhere that it wasn't drinkable. Since I grew up before floridated water, and have a mouthfull of metal to prove it, I'd just as soon take advantage of some aspects of modern life.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:53 PM

Tap water. The kids seem to prefer "fridge water," that comes through that filter. I think they mostly like it chilled. Bathroom sink water seems to taste better than kitchen sink water, though the kitchen water is prefectly good.

MMario, don't drink out of the end of the hose any more. They are often lined with materials that include PCBs that can get into the water you're drinking. I didn't know this until last year when I heard a story about it. Hose water when you're out working in the yard on a hot day has always tasted pretty good. But until I know what my hoses are made of, I won't drink it that way any more.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 01:58 PM

Art, trouble with much of the "flourdiated" water is that the chemical used to generate the flouride effect isn't a simple application of flouride. I have a cousin who studied this--and told me some time ago that in fact the material used is a by-product that comes from a really toxic chemical industry. I can't remember the rest--I'll email her and ask for the particulars.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 02:07 PM

My father, when young, used to walk two miles (each way) to get a drink of cold ice water at the local train station.

Unfortunately, drinking "wild" water these days -- almost anywhere -- leaves you open to giardia and worse. Too many people....

Once, while training with the National Guard up in Wisconsin we put a few cases of beer in a beautiful, cold, swiftly flowing creek to cool. That evening we enjoyed truly GREAT beer, even though it was Budweiser. The next day we found the very, very dead cow in the creek, about fifty feet upstream and around the bend from our beer. No ill effects from it, except a couple of hangovers.

Another time, during a very hot July, I was setting tombstones for a living and we had to install one of those full-grave-length jobs in a rural cemetery. We brought our own drinking water, and used the cemetery's well water for mixing the cement for the foundation (hey, these things aren't just laid on the ground!). When we ran out of the water we brought, the boss went into town and bought beer. We never drank the water from the cemetery well -- seems like it was downhill from the graves and had this odor to it....


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 02:15 PM

If the kids like chilled water, all you need do is stick in a jug or an open bottle in the fridge - and that gets rid of the chlorine, if that's a problem, giving the water a chance to breathe. (And artbrooks, you hadn't been reading the previous posts had you?)


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: ced2
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 02:27 PM

The sort that contains the maximum amount of H2O. Keep off that which has a large amount of D2O as that tends to lie heavily on the gut.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 02:39 PM

None of the water tastes like chlorine. Fridge water tastes about the same as tap, just colder. The fridge has an automatic ice maker so it also has a spigot. It would be more trouble to keep it in a bottle than it is to just push on the dispenser. I don't like drinking super-cold water. At the library where I work it's a challenge to get a drink from any fountains--they're all chilled so much you freeze your teeth! I walk down to the second floor where the cooler on the fountain is broken.

In the winter our library water is really cold, and we don't have plumbing for hot water in our building. Don't know why--stupid move--cost savings, most likely. It was built back in the 1960s. It warms up nicely in the summer. In the summer at home you can almost take a shower with just "cold" water here its so warm from the tap.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Kim C
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 03:01 PM

Some tap water is good. Most of it around here tastes like chlorine.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 03:12 PM

Maybe it won't taste too good, Kim, whatever you do, but the tip about leaving it to stand for a few hours before you drink it will make it a lot better.

My fridge isn't set that cold, Stilly River - just makes the water a biy cooler.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 03:36 PM

I suspect that if you stirred up the tap water really well, or poured it back and forth between two containers (using only one container doesn't work well), it would aereate the water and allow the chlorine to dissipate.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: GUEST,harpgirl
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 03:53 PM

I hope this thread is distracting you from other, more weighty issues Thomas. Godspeed....


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Allan C.
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 05:15 PM

You're right, Rapaire, aereating is one way to dissipate chlorine from the water. Exposure to sunlight will also do the trick. Many of the filters we now have will remove chlorine also. But, I'm sorry to be the one, McGrath, but I've got to tell you that refrigerating chlorinated water just makes it colder, nothing more.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 05:19 PM

That special kind they make out of hydrogen and oxygen.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: michaelr
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 07:28 PM

I drink the beer-flavored kind.

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Burke
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 08:00 PM

I filter my tap water with a Brita filter. I was buying gallon jugs. After hearing something about people in Wisconsin fighting a Perrier plant I realized there were issues about water as a commodity. That on top of questionable health standards, I decided it would be better to filter the tap water. One place to find out more about water issues is:
Save America's Water.

I don't like soda so I do seem to end up buying plenty of bottled water when I'm out & want something to drink. It keeps me stocked with bottles to fill with my filtered water. I just don't ever seem to have a bottle with me when I want it.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: bbc
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 08:25 PM

I'll bite. Poland Spring. I like the green label & it's convenient to have in my car. :)

best,

bbc


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Scoville
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 08:50 PM

My brother has one of those water-filtering pitchers and I honest to God cannot tell the difference between water before it goes through the filter and water after. Do they actually work? I can see them not working here in Houston because the water is absolutely disgusting and I'm not sure anything could get rid of all the crud in it, but maybe they help in places where the water has less baggage.

We lived in Colorado when I was a kid, where you don't need water filters except occasionally in the summer when in got extra hot (in my neighborhood, there were always a few days in August when the water inexplicably tasted like soap). The Iowa water I drank in college was OK, at least until we tested it in chem lab and realized it was full of sodium. *Full* of sodium. I think those filter things work by ion exchange so afterwards, there was probably even more sodium than there had been before.

Like I said, I drink cheap machine water. I was really thirsty today and a glass of it tasted just like [clean] melted snow. Mm-mm good.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Blackcatter
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 08:52 PM

Try looking at the water sources for all of the bottled waters at you grocery store. Some actually come from great places - natural aquifers, special springs and the like. Dasani (Coca-Cola) typically comes from the water source that feeds the local bottling plant (as does the water they add to the coke syrup).


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: hobbitwoman
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 09:03 PM

Oh, dear. I was about to sing the praises of Dasani and then I read the post(s) about it being London tap water! I don't think that will stop me from drinking it though.

I was using a Brita filter and filtering tap water, and still do for tea, etc., but forgot to bring some to work one day, bought a bottle of Dasani in a pinch, and decided I liked it better. I'm not sure whether I really want to know where it comes from! (Can I pretend it's from a crystal clear spring here in the Shire, sans dead deer head? Well, hell, if I'm going to have a fantasy life it might as well be a rich one!)

Annie


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Joybell
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 09:09 PM

We have tanks that fill from our roof. Old fashioned water supply - free, except for the cost of the setup, clean and pure. There's a bit of possum and bird poo but otherwise it's just as it falls from the sky. No chlorine. Tastes great. Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: dianavan
Date: 09 Mar 04 - 10:46 PM

At home I drink spring water. Last week-end I drank island, pond water. My favorite is glaciel water.

d


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 10 Mar 04 - 03:26 AM

Mineral water from a spring about an hour's walk from my hometown. Its citizens have the privilege to collect it free since 1548, when the community paid 4 fl per annum; now its € 10,-.
Tap water is good in Germany; in North Africa I only used boiled water (tea, coffee) or spring water (in the Atlas; delicious!)

But anyway - who drinks water?


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Teribus
Date: 10 Mar 04 - 07:20 AM

McGrath of Harlow - 09 Mar 04 - 01:41 PM

"I'm sure if I started bottling the stuff that comes out of our tap I'd get in big trouble."

Don't see why Kevin, a swimming coach down on the south coast of England, took advantage of a survey of water published in one of the UK papers. Taking all the "designer" bottled water into account, the best water available in the UK turned out to be what came out of the tap in Manchester. Now a hell of a lot of bottled water gets drunk at swimming galas, so this enterprising individual had tap water bottled up in Manchester and sold it at 50p a bottle. No complaints, people were prepared to buy it - she was after all selling the best water in the UK according to that survey.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Mar 04 - 08:07 AM

Wilfried - water is all I drink! Tap water at home & filtered at work cos we have filter thingies in all kitchens. I usually carry a water bottle around, filled with tap water. If I'm out I tend to get sparkling mineral water - if I have to pay for water I want bubbles, otherwise I might as well have tap water (& I do, too)

I have never liked tea or coffee (yukky stuff coffee, I hate the smell & taste) & rarely drink fruit juices, nor do I like fizzy sugary /fake sugary drinks.

oops, my glass is empty, gotta refill it

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Mar 04 - 09:43 AM

Were I thirsty enough, I'd drink any water. Push the sludge to one side, lap it up, wipe the scum off my lips afterwards. Go to the hospital when I got home. But, it's easy enough to set up a solar still apparatus -- you only need a source for moisture, a vessel to collect the water in (rusty can will work), a piece of plastic wrap or other such material (clear is best), and a few rocks. It might take a little bit, so start before you are desperate.

Someday I'm going to try distilling wine in a solar still. If it works, no tell-tale smoke for the revenooers to follow.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: *daylia*
Date: 10 Mar 04 - 09:52 AM

I'm very fortunate to have a well that's over 200' deep. My seemingly infinite supply of water is ice-cold, crystal-clear, chemical-free and relatively "soft" too. Tastes just as fresh as bottled water, takes a few months to scale up the coffee pot (if I use it every day).

Last house I lived in was on a well too, and the water was excellent but VERY hard.   

I peed out rainclouds for about 30 years. Now I pee out golden sunset sh...

*WHHHHACK!*




uh, AHEM! what a refreshing thread! My cup just runneth over ... cya!

daylia


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: GUEST,rock chick
Date: 10 Mar 04 - 04:57 PM

we have softened water in the house that is filtered for drinking (takes the salt out, plus everything else) it's so bland I hate it, so I drink bottled water, don't fancy the tap stuff, it smells of chlorine.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 10 Mar 04 - 06:39 PM

"...refrigerating chlorinated water just makes it colder, nothing more." Strictly true - the point is if you leave water standing for a few hours in an open container, a fair bit of the chlorine is going to disperse. It'd happen more effectively at room temperature, but the fridge is a handy place to leave it, and anyway with colder water that in itself masks the taste. (The same reason they persuade people to drink beers ice-cold in some parts of the world...)

Hard water tastes much better than soft water I think. Though maybe that's a matter of familiarity. Any time I'm somewhere and the water is great for washing and the soap lathers up fine, I know that I'll think the water tastes vile.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 10 Mar 04 - 11:48 PM

We live in the country and have wonderfully pure well water usually. Just about a month ago it started getting cloudy and it tasted different too. So we called the University of Illinois to come and test it. Their recommendation was that we should either quit using the well or quit using the outhouse. We quit using the outhouse---and two days later the well dried up.

;-) Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Blackcatter
Date: 11 Mar 04 - 12:42 AM

Great story Art!


Speaking of hard water - I know how to make hard cider and hard liquor - how do you make hard water (and what's the typical proof)?

And what about heavy water - if still waters run deep, do heavy waters run wide?


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Mar 04 - 12:48 AM

Water ye going to give me for the answers?


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 11 Mar 04 - 07:27 AM

Uisge beatha, the water of life.
eric


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: ced2
Date: 11 Mar 04 - 08:27 AM

Bludy 'ell Eric, a new language. What's wrong with English, Yorkshire or Foul we are both conversent in those.. Was there someting in the "Pinebury Brown Water" the other night.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 11 Mar 04 - 10:41 AM

Your trouble is in coming from that cultural black hole where you live is that you don't recognise culture. And you live just up the road from the brewers of the worlds best beer.
The black Sheep last neet was on reet good form, so I indulged myself. I'm going to the Sportsman at Ploughcroft t'neet to indulge in some shite called Tetley's
eric


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Rapparee
Date: 11 Mar 04 - 12:47 PM

To make hard water, I fill a bowl with regular water and put it in the freezer until the water gets hard.

It's more complicated than that to make heavy water, and involves a centrifuge, manacles, whips, and other stuff I don't want to go into.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: pdq
Date: 11 Mar 04 - 01:23 PM

In an effort to reconcile the differences between my Leftist "folkie" friends and the local population, many of whom wear cowboy hats, at my next get-together I will feature barbequed Perrier.

Another classic will also be served, salmon radiatore. That is a large fish that you strap to you pickup truck's radiator. It cooks as you drive home.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 12 Mar 04 - 06:37 AM

To make ' soft ' water, fill a suitable receptacle with tap water, apply a source of heat at approx. 212 degrees farenheit or 100 degrees celcius, after a while the water gets so soft it floats away.
eric


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 12 Mar 04 - 07:53 AM

"Uisge" is just a different way of spelling "whiskey"; and it just means water. That must get confusing sometimes if you do just want a drink of water in a Gaelic speaking community...

..........................

Hard water is water with various stuff like sodium and magnesium dissolved in it. Furs up the domestic plumbing, but on the whole it's good for the plumbing in the body, because you need that stuff, and it tastes better. Remove the chemicals and it's called soft, and its better for washing and worse for drinking.

People often have water softening devices in their domestic plumbing systems, to save money on washing and plumbers. Then they have to pay for the water they drink in a bottle. You pays your money and you takes your choice.

Whether the water in your area is hard or soft will depend on where it's come from, and how it's been treated, either by the water company, or in your own system.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 19 Mar 04 - 12:31 PM

I was amused to see that Coca-Cola have withdrawn their "as pure as bottled water gets" Dasani brand from sale in the UK.

Apparently the level of a potentionally carcinogenic chemical, bromate, exceeds legal limits. More details here


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 19 Mar 04 - 12:43 PM

Bottled tap water! are they taking the piss?
I've just heard an interview with a spokesman from Dasani on Radio 4, he did not do too well, i don't believe this is going to be a big sucsess for them, I can hardly believe people were stupid enough to buy it in the first place!


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 19 Mar 04 - 01:29 PM

In a statement, Coca-Cola said the contamination had been initially caused by its regular practice of adding calcium to Dasani, calcium which in this case "did not meet our quality standards".

As a result, bromate went on to be formed during the manufacturing processes.


Codswallop. What that means is they were adding calcium contaminated with bromate to the water. You could add all the calcium in the world to the water, and you wouldn't produce a single molecule of bromate.

I hope, someone is checking on what's in the Coca Cola, while they are about it.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 19 Mar 04 - 01:33 PM

"In a statement, Coca-Cola said the contamination had been initially caused by its regular practice of adding calcium to Dasani, calcium which in this case "did not meet our quality standards".

As a result, bromate went on to be formed during the manufacturing processes."


Codswallop.What they mean, but avoid saying, is that they have been caught out putting calcium contaminated with bromate into the water. You could add all the calcium in the world to water and that wouldn't guve you a single molecule of bromate.

I hope someone is checking what they put in the Coca Cola!


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 19 Mar 04 - 01:55 PM

I'm no chemist, McGrath. As such I have no idea whether what you're saying is correct or not.

I'd be interested to know more

Ed
(who got a 'U' [unclassified] at Chemistry A Level)


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 19 Mar 04 - 02:02 PM

Bromine is a different element from Calcium. You can't turn one into the other. And without Bromine, you can't have Bromate.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 19 Mar 04 - 02:09 PM

Thanks for the explanation, Kevin. Sounds good enough to me.

I like to wish that 'Dasani' will fail as a product in the UK. Time will tell.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 19 Mar 04 - 04:54 PM

They'll change the name, and relaunch.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Joe_F
Date: 19 Mar 04 - 09:30 PM

I'm very fond of water,
I drink it noon and night;
No mother's son or daughter
Hath therein more delight.

At luncheon, too, I drink it,
And strength it seems to bring:
When really good, I think it
A liquor for a king.
But I forgot to mention --
'Tis best to be sincere --
I use an old invention
That makes it into Beer.

-- Lord Neaves


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 20 Mar 04 - 02:33 AM

Ale, ale glorious ale
Served up in pewter it tells it's own tale.
eric


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 20 Mar 04 - 08:05 AM

Now if Coca Cola ever started making beer, perhapd I might need to watch out. Bottled water doesn't impinge much on my life style. Nor does bottled whatever Coca Cola is made out of.


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Subject: RE: BS: What kind of water do you drink?
From: Peace
Date: 20 Mar 04 - 11:13 AM

I ain't havin' none of that there dihydrogen monoxide stuff. Besides, y'all know what WC Fields said about it.


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