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Do you drink bottled or tap water more often?

Asked at Dillons, 1015 West 23rd St. on November 3, 2011

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“Tap. Bottled is too expensive. ”

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“Bottled water. I don’t really trust tap water. ”

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“I have mostly had bottled water since I moved here from the country. The water was fresher back home. ”

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“Tap water. It doesn’t cost much.”


beatrice 6 years, 6 months ago

beer on tap is better -- ask prospector.

labmonkey 6 years, 6 months ago

Lawrence tap water is horrible.... I am surprised that those who drink it don't end up with kidney stones.

Pitt_Mackeson 6 years, 6 months ago

I've heard that many of those bottled water companies just use tap water. I can't believe how many people are suckered into buying bottled water. Biggest scam of the century. But whatever. Maybe bottled water is imbued with magic pixie dust. Or cocaine or something.

pure_republication 6 years, 6 months ago

Bottled water is actually tap water that is filter once again.

Bill Lee 6 years, 6 months ago

Most bottled water is tap water from somewhere else. I only drink bottled water in the car. That's because I don't have a tap there.

heybluekc 6 years, 6 months ago

So let me get this straight. Bottled water that sets in a plastic bottle for months on end in a warehouse getting warm and getting cold with all those plastic chemicals leeching into the water is a good thing. I very rarely buy bottled water. If its filtered the filtering system they use is not very good because it tastes like %$C#@

TopJayhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

If you drink bottled water you are stupid, or you make too much money.

appleaday 6 years, 6 months ago

Dave Barry once said, "Can't you imagine the corporate high-fives when they realized they could bottle water and sell it?"

Scott Morgan 6 years, 6 months ago

Our well water is well good. We do very basic filtering, just the inline replaceable type.

Oh, big myth, well water being cheap. It is until lightning hits the pump house. Oh well.

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 6 months ago

Tap, filtered through the pitcher. Bottled water isn't allowed here. Which landfill needs more plastic?

cthulhu_4_president 6 years, 6 months ago

'Evian' spelled backwards is........ 'nuff said.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

The riots are only going to get worse. Those with ammo will be able to get bottled water.

Richard Payton 6 years, 6 months ago

Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune from 1957-1987 should check out that explains the toxins in the water at the base.

pace 6 years, 6 months ago

I drink tap water but when I am on the road, I will buy bottled water. I don't buy pop or beer.

pace 6 years, 6 months ago

When I am up East I don't buy soda.

Andrew Reeves 6 years, 6 months ago

Filtered tap water in a stainless steel container for mobile use. If you haven't already, you should check out these great movies on the subject (directly/indirectly)...

RoeDapple 6 years, 6 months ago

Maybe we should pray for one them giant ice ball comets to fall outa the sky and bring us some more of that space water . . .

Paul R Getto 6 years, 6 months ago

An interesting question. This book is fascinating. "A History of the World in 6 Glasses" by Tom Standage. He points out, among other things, how beer saved us from filthy water, how we got coffee from the Arabs, how this new beverage fueled the industrial revolution and how ironic it is we have finally managed to get relatively safe water to perhaps 1/2 the world and now those with the best water refuse to drink it and pay more for water than gasoline in some cases. We are strange and thirsty chimps, we are.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 6 months ago

Jesse: That too. Good play on words. There are times I wish we came up through the gorilla line. They seem more peaceful.
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fsteacher 6 years, 6 months ago

Another downside to the advent of bottled water: On the rare occasion I stop in at a fast food place, I've asked for a cup for water, but have been told I need to buy a bottle if I want one. Anyone else have that happen?

Richard Heckler 6 years, 6 months ago

Plastic and oil are partners = cut way back on both.

It is not worth the lives lost to war and cancer,the corrupt tax dollar subsidies,the constant corruption of government officials that lack self discipline and certainly not worth this:

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hibiscus4 6 years, 6 months ago

I usually prefer to drink tap water that is filtered and stored in my fridge. Filtering tap water is a cheap and easy solution. On the rare occasion that I choose between tap and bottled water I prefer bottled. This is because i'm usually on the go and bottled water is more convient and i've also heard that bottled water is filtered one more time than tap water. I'm not sure if this is a true statement but i would rather be safe than sorry.

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