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Hi,<br><br><br><br>
i like to drink a lot of water. but i cant afford to buy bottled water everyday even though i would like to.<br><br><br><br>
currently, i just fill up empty bottles with tap water. is that bad? i'm not sure if drinking too much tap water will cause health problems, you know with the excess flouride?<br><br><br><br>
if anyone could help that'd be great! thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I've drank flouridated tap water all my life with no ill effect whatsoever (and no cavities either until I was a grown up)<br><br><br><br>
I currently drink Brita filtered water cause the tap water here tastes like turpentine. To bring it with me, I put it in a reusable water bottle. You should be more concerned about drinking out of used water bottles than the flouride because the "single use" plastics (i.e. bottles water come in) have chemicals that can leach out into the water, so you should get yourself a good reusable (i.e. nalgene) bottle.
 

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eeek. thanks for the tip. i guess i didnt think about it that much before.<br><br>
where would i buy a re-usable bottle?
 

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You can get re-usable bottles in camping shops etc.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not sure about the leaching, to be honest. I had a look around on the web and couldn't find any good evidence that it happened, most of the information on the web seems to be from one study of questionable worth (although please do contradict me if there are any out there!) Most of the problems I found with the water bottle re-use issue was that if people don't wash the bottles properly in between uses there is a risk of bacterial problems.<br><br><br><br>
Here is one site from the New Zealand food safety authority: <a href="http://www.nzfsa.govt.nz/consumers/food-safety-topics/chemicals-in-food/waterbottles/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nzfsa.govt.nz/consumers/f...tles/index.htm</a>
 

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Actually, I don't like the type of plastic used in Nalgene... some studies show that it can leach dangerous chemicals into the water and they have stopped using that material to make baby bottles. Instead, I got a stainless steel water bottle from an online environmentally-friendly site. Can't remember which one.
 

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I use filtered water - bottled water is too expensive.<br><br>
I have a big pot type water filter & change the filter every 6 months<br><br>
the water tastes really bad out of the tap wher I live
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>bstutzma</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Actually, I don't like the type of plastic used in Nalgene... some studies show that it can leach dangerous chemicals into the water and they have stopped using that material to make baby bottles.</div>
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Pthalates, perhaps?<br><br><br><br>
I drink tap water, re-using Aquafina plastic bottles. Why would refilling such a bottle and drinking it right away be different from filling it and letting it sit for several months before consumption?<br><br><br><br>
My water at home comes out of a well. It's a bit hard - need to get the softener serviced, probably time to replace the coconut shell carbon filter media.
 

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I use brita filters but when at my parents' house with water which tastes fine, I drink out of the tap. I personally think we are being taken advantage of. A lot of bottled water is just from someone else's tap anyway.<br><br><br><br>
Bottled water isn't necessarily any better and creates not only lots of waste, but wastes energy to package and transport. When many people don't even have clean water that is safe to drink, it doesn't make sense that many people are spending tons of money to package and ship water from one side of the country to the other when they can get it from the tap and filter if they find that necessary. From a great E magazine article<br><br><a href="http://www.emagazine.com/view/?1125" target="_blank">http://www.emagazine.com/view/?1125</a><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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The WWF argues that the distribution of bottled water requires substantially more fuel than delivering tap water, especially since over 22 million tons of the bottled liquid is transferred each year from country to country. Instead of relying on a mostly preexisting infrastructure of underground pipes and plumbing, delivering bottled wateroften from places as far-flung as France, Iceland or Maineburns fossil fuels and results in the release of thousands of tons of harmful emissions. Since some bottled water is also shipped or stored cold, electricity is expended for refrigeration. Energy is likewise used in bottled water processing. In filtration, an estimated two gallons of water is wasted for every gallon purified.</div>
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Something from Grist on different kinds of plastic bottles <a href="http://www.grist.org/advice/ask/2004/08/02/umbra-bottles/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.grist.org/advice/ask/2004...les/index.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.jhsph.edu/publichealthnews/articles/halden_dioxins.html" target="_blank">http://www.jhsph.edu/publichealthnew...n_dioxins.html</a><br><br><br><br>
ETA- the flouride in water issue is one that is hotly debated.
 

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bottled water has a huge amount of waste associated with it. Especially if you buy the small bottles meant for on the go. For this reason I prefer tap water.
 

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I remember when that first Grist article came out, didn't see the update. I've been reusing plastic water bottles mostly because I haven't come across an alternative to keep with me at home/work that is usably large -- at least 1.5L. Anything smaller and I'm spending half my time refilling it.
 

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A while ago I bought a re-useable Brita water bottle. It has a filter built into the mouth piece so you can just fill it up with tap water and it filters it before you drink it.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>wildflower</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hi,<br><br><br><br>
i like to drink a lot of water. but i cant afford to buy bottled water everyday even though i would like to.<br><br><br><br>
currently, i just fill up empty bottles with tap water. is that bad? i'm not sure if drinking too much tap water will cause health problems, you know with the excess flouride?<br><br><br><br>
if anyone could help that'd be great! thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I was nosey and looked up where you live. I thought they rejected putting fluoride into the water in Scotland a couple years ago. As far as I know Scottish tap water should be fluoride free, but I didn't research it so I could be wrong. (There are many other places in Europe and North America that are also either no longer adding fluoride to the water, or never started in the first place.)<br><br><br><br>
Where I live you can go to the health Unit and pick up some stuff to do water samples. The health unit then tests your water for free for all kinds of crap. Mine is perfectly fine. It might be possible to do the same thing where you live.
 

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<span>Here in Phoenix, AZ, the tap water is DISGUSTING, especially if you're not used to it. Bottled water over here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></span>
 

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A while ago I bought a re-useable Brita water bottle. It has a filter built into the mouth piece so you can just fill it up with tap water and it filters it before you drink it.</div>
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Wow, where did you get that from? That sounds really ideal for my situation. I'll go see if Brita has a website...!
 

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I have a distiller and I use a brita. I would not use tap water here. It has chlorine in it among other disgusting things.<br><br><br><br>
I would suggest buying a brita.
 

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Another vote for tap water...<br><br>
I can't bring myself to buy water that costs more than gasoline... and the points Thalia makes are excellent. Drinking bottled water is seriously contributing to the destruction of our environment. Yes, sometimes I worry about the chemicals they put in my tap water, but i think buying a brita or similar filtration system would be much cheaper and much less environmentally damaging that constantly buying bottled water.
 

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I drink tap water. I like it best when it's tap water that's from a Brita water filter from the fridge, but I'll drink it straight, otherwise. I don't buy bottled water because 1) I'm too cheap to spend a buck on something that I can get free from a fountain or tap and 2) All the bottles add up to waste.
 

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I think the bigger problem with reusing plastic bottles is that they are hard to keep clean. bacteria and mold can release toxins and make you sick.<br><br><br><br>
I don't understand the whole part about re-using the bottled water bottles releasing toxins from plastic (unless I am misunderstanding). If the plastic is one that would release toxins when refilled, wouldn't it be releasing them all along, including before you bought the original bottled water?<br><br><br><br>
Lots of things we do expose us to toxins, we have to weigh the relative risk with the alternatives. I don't fear plastic bottles for cold water, but I stopped cooking in plastic. (As the one <a href="http://www.jhsph.edu/publichealthnews/articles/halden_dioxins.html" target="_blank">article</a> I linked to above, heat is a one way chemists do chemical extractions into a solution.) I don't know if I'm really preventing myself harm or not, but it's easy enough to use glass instead. I'd probably do myself a lot more cancer prevention getting off my rear-end and exercising as opposed to worrying about plastic containers. Oh well.<br><br><br><br>
Another thing I learned from the article I linked to in this post is that bottled water is much less regulated than tap water. Bottled water can legally contain lots of crap that wouldn't be tolerated in tap water.<br><br><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">If you look hard enough, youll find traces of dioxins in pretty much every place on earth. Paracelsus the famous medieval alchemist, used to put it straight and simple: its the dose that makes the poison.--<i>Tim Parsons</i></div>
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