"Green" Question of the Day?

Do you drink tap water or bottle water? And why? You know, as ignorant as I may be about many things “green”, the bottle water thing has stuck in my craw for years. It was strange to me (give me a little latitude here for just a moment) that as soon as it was announced that “in order to be healthy enough” we must drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water a day, all of the sudden it was just as important that we drink it from a prepackaged bottle at the cost of no less than $1 – maybe a bit less, probably more. We began paying absurd amounts for “good water”. The further away it was bottled, the better. Not that I haven’t drank my fair share of bottle water. I have indeed. But this is my new soapbox I think. If you think of what it costs in the scheme of things it is more than ridiculous. Cost in energy not only for the bottle water plants to run, and supposedly purify the water, but the cost of the bottles even the recycled bottles, and then the enormous amount of cost tagged on for shipping all over the nation/world. Crazy.

Here is a very good article I found after my mind started toying with all this: Green Guide: Tapped Out.  There is also several podcasts over on NPR.

So where am I in all of this?  Husband just put in a reverse osmosis system on our home.  This was necessary if we were to drink our well water.  It was, well…unpalatable.  It was safe.  We had it tested.  But it is so soft and so full of natural minerals that it just wasnt tasty.  Or maybe too tasty!  We were spending upwards of $150-$200 a month on drinking water.  Nope – that isnt a misprint.  Two hundred of his hard earned dollars.  But this system he put in is great! So I think I can say with very little reservation that I am to the point I am buying reusable (not reusing flimsy) containers for our water we take with us instead of buying no telling how much bottled water while we are not at home.  Husband will still have to purchase bottled water in his travels but here at home…tap only.

GREEN TIP FOR TODAY:  Switch from paper and plastic bags to reusable bags and totes.

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We buy a small pack of bottles, but not so much to drink bottled water, but rather to re-use the bottles and fill them with tap water. We’re both on the go a lot and like to always have a bottle on us, but we refill the bottles with tap water.

We drink water from the tap.

On the very rare occasion that we are out and the only water available to us is in bottled form, I will grudgingly purchase one. We reuse that bottle till it is useless.

We use Nalgene water bottles here.

We guzzle our filtered tap water from Nalgene bottles (though I’m questioning the wisdom of using them constantly, and considering upgrading us to their newer BPA-free bottles).

I drink tap water as it is really good and our town sends out seasonal reports about its quality. I have a Sigg water bottle that I love, but I can say that it’s still hard to drink 64oz a day while taking care of a 3 month old.

We refill water bottles (both flimsy and good ones depending on how many we need) from our filtered tap water. I am a big water drinker and always have a glass of water on the table that I am drinking from..all my kids are water drinkers too..husband, not so much.


I’m probably one of the last people on earth that still drinks from the tap. I’m a big cheapo… cant help it. 🙂

We’re a tap water family!

We’re lucky we have wonderful water from our (very deep – over 200′) well. I refill glass bottles with ceramic tops (like Grolsch beer’s) nightly to put in the refrigerator. I have a metal Sigg bottle that goes in the car with me. We also refill the flimsy plastic bottles that end up here for easy grab-and-go for my husband to take on motorcycle rides (he brings them back and reuses them quite a few times).

Erica Ferguson

We take along our water from the tap in our Mason jars. We also have kleen kanteen bottles for the little ones.


We’d got into that way of buying water too until recently I bought a cheap filter jug system for the fridge. Our water is not too tasty straight from the tap but filtered and chilled it’s great and free! We still might buy the odd cold drink while out but rinse and save the bottles for re-use.

Karen R

We drink tap water. We do have a water filter.