I’m seriously tired of hearing that there is no reason to drink bottled water. Up until about a month ago I traveled throughout the United States quite a bit. As a consultant for around three years I was either driving or flying somewhere at least a couple of times a month.
This gave me ample opportunity to try and do the right thing as far as bottled water goes, i.e. to stop using it. But I couldn’t. You know why? Because the average tap water in an average place tastes like ass. You go one place and you literally taste something like sewage. You go to another place and it tastes like you’re drinking a glass of chlorine.
So yeah, if tap water everywhere tasted as good (and felt as safe) as it does in certain areas, then yes — it’d be horrible to drink bottled water. But for many like myself, we don’t drink it because it comes in a cool bottle; we drink it because it’s a known-good. We drink it because we know it went through a filter. I don’t care if it was originally tap water. I like good tap water. That’s the whole point.
If the U.S. had an infrastructure where you could pull a glass of Dasani or Smart Water out of every tap then you wouldn’t have the problem in the first place. So yeah, it’s messed up, but stop telling me there’s no legit reason to do it.: