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Are you satisfied with your tap water?

When traveling, I always try to sample the local tap water. Wherever it tastes terrible I wonder, if I lived there, would I always use bottled water or would I get used to it. I'm pretty cheap but I do like drinking plain water and hate having to grimace about it when I do. Indeed, the bottled water aisles in the markets seem larger wherever I think the water tastes bad.

Except for relatively minor chlorine (which varies over time) Providence water is IMO first rate. I wonder if people around here who choose bottled water are simply more discerning than I am, do they think it is safer, or what? Who buys bottled water and why?

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  1. I have city water, and while they do occasionally go overboard with the chlorine (the 1st and 15th of the month) it don't have a problem with it. I have a Brita filter pitcher that I use, and I don't understand how people can spend a fortune on bottled water.

    I will buy a bottle of water occasionally, but it is usually only when I didn't want pop or soft drinks or when I am traveling somewhere that I don't trust the local municipal water supply.

    1. The water in Los Angeles smells and tastes dreadful to me. I run it through a Brita, which makes it drinkable but still not great. Some days, the fumes from the water are so disgusting I feel like I smell bad after taking a shower. If I could afford it, I would rinse off with bottled water and only drink bottled water.

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      1. re: Pei

        We have really hard water here (west side L.A.) - I have become a bottled/jugged water aficionado! I would do my laundry in it if I could. At moment have a call in to a 'whole house filter' type water service co.

        1. re: Cinnamon

          I'm on the west side too (blecht water). My mom (SGV) was so happy after she got the water softener installed. I live in an apartment, otherwise I'd do it too.

          1. re: Pei

            Ha! Just found out the previous owner had installed a 2-3 canister filter reverse osmosis system under the tap as well as a whole house filter/softener (3 gigantic cylinders like rocket parts in the garage).. finally tracked down the manufacturer and they're coming to see if they can crank it all up. Makes me wonder what the previous owner knew about the tap water... sigh.

            (By the way, for laundry, seriously I'd buy Calgon water softener and use that with each load if you have any black clothes... so as not to have gray ones instead.)

            1. re: Cinnamon

              THANK YOU! You are my hero. I didn't even know they had stuff like that.

              1. re: Pei

                No problem. (But I suspect actually not having hard, or overly chlorinated water in the first place would be better - so if you can whole house filter and know you've got icky water, I think it's a good idea... vs. the boxes of Calgon.)

        2. re: Pei

          Simple reverse osmosis systems are easier and tastier than a Brita.

          1. re: JudiAU

            A true RO system in the home is sinificantly more expensive than a Brita filter. You also have theissue of the size of the holding tank. You can not just turn on the RO system and the water is pushed through the membrane and comes out the faucet.

        3. On a well and yes I love my water.

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          1. re: jfood

            Me, too. The only thing I don't love about it is when the power goes out...no water. Oh, and during the droughts we can't water the flowers or the veg garden. I wish I had well and city water actually.

            1. re: danna

              A simple generator takes care of the power. With a well on one hand, and sump pumps on the other, I can't live without one. As far as watering goes - when the town declares a no water emergency for the folks on city water, I can go ahead and water away. I've never run out - but then again, that's why I need sump pumps!

          2. I object to the chlorine taste and smell in our local water. It's also very hard, so needs to be treated by a water softner prior to using to avoid a premature death for appliances that use water, like washing machines and coffee pots. I swear I can taste the salt in our tap water from the softner, so we have an under-the-counter Omni double filter system. We use the filtered water for drinking, cooking, and coffee, and regular tap water for everything else. I'll buy bottled water if I'm on the road for convenience, but won't pay for when dining out.

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            1. re: Niki in Dayton

              "It's also very hard, so needs to be treated by a water softner prior to using to avoid a premature death for appliances that use water, like washing machines and coffee pots."

              I didn't know that! It sure explains a lot, though! :-/

            2. I live in the San Fernando Valley. Now and then they go way overboard on the chlorine, which results in things like faded laundry and me smelling like I've just come out of a pool, but in general it tastes fine. I drink it straight out of the tap, without a Brita or any such nonsense.

              I do keep bottled water on hand for guests, because so many people have a Thing about tap water, but after they're gone I refill the bottles from the tap and drink them myself. The water that comes from the bottles (Sparkletts, Crystal Geyser, etc.) comes from the same damn snowpack that my city water comes from.