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I agree with you on some parts. In disaster struck areas, or where water is low quality, bottled water is a blessing. Thank heavens for it.I am not
saying the water itself is horrible. There is just huge environmental ramifications with it. But there are legitimate needs for it.
Secondly, I think chlorine is awful awful awful. It can burn the skin off you. So imagine what it is doing to your insides.
As for the sulpher smell,I don't know what is going on in fl.Most likely the smell of decaying swamp matter is coming through there pipes. But 99% of
the time, it is from bacteria growing a nice little colony in the hot water heater.
Bottled water works like this: if it does not say filtered spring water on your bottle, then it is filtered tap water.
That being said:
As for public water, it really depends on where you live. it really does.And how proactive your city is in the quality.
In Baltimore, they have a lab on premises that runs tests every five minutes. So if something gets through, the occupants know almost immediately.
But I doubt that all companies take such stoic precautions. They also do routine samples throughout the suburbs it serves.
Most public water is small individual plants run by small companies.This is why you can't have a mass terrorist poisoning on water supplies, they
couldn't get more then one big city tops.
In my hometown and and in Baltimore, they are known for having the best water in the country, so much so they bottle it! (chlorine still, yuck!)
Other then the chlorine smell, it is pretty good.
Now I have lived in the southwest, where it looks like someone scooped it out of a pothole on a rainy day, after being driven though by rush hour
It is so bad, that there are water stores and machines everywhere. I lived in an apt and took my jugs to fill from the water machine every night.
A simple and cheap chlorine test from kmart will tell you how chlorine is in your water. If you have concerns, you can report them to the water
There are many many ways to get drinking water, from large or small companies, from private or community wells, (community wells are like a
neighborhoods own company) and from having water trucked in.
There is no way anyone can say it is all bad, or all good.
You really have to check your own supply and find out for yourself.
The tap filters do work, they are just tiny versions of the large ones you would put on your house, they work on the same premise. As for a lot of
the stuff it says it filters out, it is highly unlikely you are gonna get it anyways. A lot of it is pretty rare.
Doing an environmental site estimation on your property can predict or eliminate a lot of problems.
let me remind you that the "government" doesn't run most water supplies. Most water supplies are run by your local municipalities.
BAscially it is up to your very local government to decide the quality of your water supply..
The only hand government has in it is that the EPA sets the contamination standards, or MCL, which stands for maximum contamination level. You go
over, you got a problem.
And the EPA goes way on the conservative side.
Then it is up to the local municipalities to meet these standards, or even more stringent ones.
My state is anal. You have to be a certified tester that has gone through training. For well construction, has to be monitored every step of the way,
and the homeowners have to pass tests before moving into the home. (some of this is to make sure the well is built right)
Then you have states like AZ that didn't even bother having people permit wells till about 5 years ago.
So again, if you have concerns about your own supply, go check out the local plant. Many will give tours.
But other then setting the acceptable levels, the government has little involvement till it turns into a big problem like a superfund site.
[edit on 4-7-2008 by nixie_nox]