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What's your favorite water?

Dasani, Evian, Arrowhead, tap, Aquafina, Crystal Geyser, Smart water etc. Which one do you like the best and why?

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  1. Volvic. I don't get it that often, but when I do, I'm always amazed at how perfectly it hits my palate. Of the list above, Evian and then Dasani trailing far behind. The rest, it seems, are just water.

    And rarely tap, unless I'm in NYC, where tap doesn't reek of bleach.

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      1. re: fatladysings

        Tap water -- but I'm lucky to live where I do.

        My favorite source for bottled water (still/non-sparkling/sans gaz) is Volvic.

        1. I hate water. I drink the occasional filtered tap water, but filtered, bottled, special spring water, whatever, they all taste funny to me. I drink my water mostly flavored to hide the non-water taste, mostly with emergen-C or something pre-flavored like VitaminWater (I love the orange, grape-50, and XXX). Otherwise, I love bubbly water without sweetener (the bubbles lower the pH, which means a tart flavor to cover the water-impurity flavors), though on the west coast that mostly means Perrier--I really miss H2Oh in bottles from the midwest.

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          1. re: lpfaf

            lpfaf- I have to agree with you on that. Sometimes water doesn't cut it for me either. I work for Snapple and just got tried their new Antioxidant Water. I have to admit that I like it better than Vitamin Water. I tasted the Dragonfruit; it was light and flavorful. Sometimes it hard to fin good drinks that aren't too sweet. Hope this helps you out!

          2. tap water hands down. but i live in nyc and have access to some of the best tap water available.

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            1. re: mshpook

              I miss the NYC tap water! I took it for granted all those years living in NYC. Now I'm in the country and my well water smalls and tastes of sulphur. Such a disgusting smell! Boiling doesn't help, chilling doesn't help... I buy store brand bottled water - 6 gallons a week. I drink a lot of water, and use bottled for coffee, tea, oatmeal, soup... just about anything that goes in my mouth!

              At work we buy 20-oz bottles of Dowser Spring water, (sold by our Pepsi distributor) and I like it. But the store brand tastes just about as good to me.

              1. re: Catskillgirl

                Tap Water is my favourite - cant beat it for cost etc. There was an article in one our papers this morning regarding the environmental cost of bottled water vs tap water which is quite scary, tap water was the winner. Water in Melbourne OZ is great but realise that not all are able to access water that tastes oky.

                1. re: Meggy

                  I'm in Melb, too, Meggy, and apparently we have the best quality drinking tap water in the world.

                  And another thought... get thee to Warburton, climb to the bottom of the tree top walk, 1/2 way up Donna Buang just as the snow melts come down. Drink the real deal RIGHT from the source... better than any water I've ver tasted ANYWHERE!!

            2. I love S.Pellegrino...however for still water, i tend to favor the vitamin enriched or flavored varieties....for at least half of my daily req't. I really like the Silhouette grapefruit and green tea water, the Dasani pomegranite/blackberry one....and the fizzy aquafina raspberry ones, if those count as water. I do like regular Dasani or Aquafina too. This stuff is nice too http://www.bergwater.ca/default.aspx and this one too!! http://www.canadaice.ca/

              I don't know what it is, but some plain waters have an odd taste or non-taste to me. Evian is one of those, almost tastes soapy or something to me.

              1. I adore water!!! Almost any kind including tap, but here are my faves:
                When I lived in Europe and bottled water was cheap, I loved any sort of fizzy (natural or not) mineral water. I love that oily-smooth texture. I probably drank at least 2 of those little 200ml bottles per day, sometimes 5 or 6 bottles. I like still mineral water, too... the texture, again.
                Not as crazy about bottled spring water - doesn't have that same texture.
                Best water I've had in my life isn't for sale... you gotta go get it yourself... From a frigid, fast-flowing spring coming out of the mountains of Quebec... maybe because it was super-oxygenated (from all its movement) or something?

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                1. re: crowbar

                  Funny you should mention the water coming out of that mountain in Quebec. I had the similar experience when I was stationed at Malstrom AFB in Great Falls Montana during the 1970s while me and a friend of mine, off duty, took a trip over the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park. We pulled over and stopped at a point where there was a glacial fed spring flowing out of the side of sheer sloid rock mountain. To this day it was the codest, freshest, best tasting water I've ever drunk.

                2. Our very own, straight-from-the-well, unadulterated tap water

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                  1. re: CindyJ

                    Enough with the bottled water already. Tap water - filtered if necessary. Water is too precious to be in nonrecyclable plastic.

                  2. Filtered tap water. Bottled water is environmentally damaging in a variety of ways and I've made it a point to break my habit.

                    1. I live in Eugene, Oregon. No shortage of water here. Our city water starts from inside the Cascade Mountains, around the three sisters. From there it flows in underground springs into Clear Lake, this lake is so pure you can see down over 100 feet to ancient tree stumps that have been there for 1,000 years. The water then runs down the McKenzie river and joins other small tributaries until our local Muni Water utility takes it our of the river and processes it. Perfect PH, nice taste and a very nice drink right out of the tap. A little splash goes well with a nice scotch. No reason on earth to buy bottled water here.

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                      1. re: duck833

                        And how. I miss that water. We lived in JC..on a farm and we had our our own spring water. The best water ever...

                      2. If i buy water i only get Fiji water. I grew up there as a kid and it truly reminds me of the freshness there.

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                        1. re: breadfan

                          This is by far my favorite water as well, but is so expensive that I rarely purchase it. It is so unadulterated, so fresh.

                          1. re: justagthing

                            Fiji is by far my favorite. Even at room temp it tastes refreshing. Evian a close second, and Volvic third. For sparkling S. Pellegrino.

                            Our tap water used to taste great, but with our city growing rapidly, it is very chlorinated and we no longer drink tap water.

                            We sometimes go for a getaway to Emerald Lake Lodge in British Columbia, Canada. Their tap water is the best -- filtered glacial water from the lake.

                            1. re: sweeterpea

                              Someone once told me that if you leave your tap water out and open to air for 24 hours or so, the chlorine dissipates??? Not sure if this is true. Can anyone give more info on this??

                              1. re: justagthing

                                That is true. I just read an article about that very thing. You can leave it uncovered in the fridge for 24 hours and the chlorine dissipates. I leave it out on the counter when I use water for my fish tank. Here is a link to a very interesting site about your drinking water.

                                http://www.safedrinkingwater.org/

                                1. re: danhole

                                  I hate to say it, but that's not a real website. It's just the placeholder provided by Network Solutions. Essentially it's just advertising.

                                  1. re: mikefoody

                                    Darn, Mike! I had read an article about "How safe is your bottled water?" and it referenced that website, so I thought it was a legitimate one. I'm going to have to check these things out more carefully. Sorry!

                                2. re: justagthing

                                  Someone once told me the same thing, too: a local city water-works guy. I was phoning them to find out about chlorine levels and wether or not it would be worth the trouble to buy (and use) a Brita. He told me 'nope, pass on the B and leave your water out for 24 hrs' . Chlorine is added in its gaseous form to water (unlike the powdered stuff that's added to swimming pools) and dissipates as a gas, too, according to him (which is why it's better to leave it open on the counter rather than in an enclosed space like the fridge).

                            2. re: breadfan

                              Definitely Fiji.. it tastes... smooth and thinner and silkier.

                              Ice Age is good too.

                              I will take Smart Water if the others aren't available.

                              1. re: Emme

                                Fiji for me, though I don't buy it regularly because, for water, I find it a bit pricey.

                            3. Tap rarely -- tastes sh!tty around here.

                              Bubbly: S. Pellegrino or Gerolsteiner
                              Flat: Evian or Volvic. I don't actually taste a difference between the two, so whichever is cheaper.

                              I do, however, refuse to buy Dasani -- I mean, c'mon! The Coca Cola company *manufactured* water? Ya gotta be kiddin'!

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                              1. re: linguafood

                                Plus from what I have heard, it' just tap-Dasani that is.

                                1. re: justagthing

                                  It is NOT just tap water. It goes through significant filtering

                                  1. re: jfood

                                    ok then 'significantly filtered TAP water'

                                    1. re: justagthing

                                      and pretty soon you will be drinking significantly filtered sea water. The water shortage is one people are not focussing on.

                                      1. re: justagthing

                                        Funny, justagthing, isn't it? People paying for filtered tap water in plastic bottles?

                                        I don't get NYC tap, but the tap I do get is good enough for me.

                                        1. re: dolores

                                          I mostly drink tap, but do get bottled every so often. I have a gazillion Nalgene bottles. I keep them in my fridge, so I can grab and go when needed.

                                      2. re: jfood

                                        It also has sodium in it, so as you're quenching your thirst, you're also making yourself more thirsty... so you'll buy more water... and give Coca-Cola more money. No, thank you.

                                        1. re: ctscorp

                                          Plain Dasani (not the plus or whatever stuff) has no more than 2.4mg of sodium per 8oz. A level that is allowed to be noted as zero on the nutrition label. That is, there's no salt in regular Dasani.

                                          If you don't like it for other reasons, cool.

                                          1. re: ctscorp

                                            C

                                            If you do not want to buy Disani that's OK, jfood does not buy it either, since he has his own well and loves it. And Coke and Pepsi spend some serious dollars buying machines to desalinate the water, it is not a brita filter for the home.

                                            And the tap water or any of the bottled water you drink have significant solids in it. If you want H2O you need to buy distilled water and that is virtually tasteless.

                                            Since jfood only drinks water and coffee, he appreciates some of the little extras in some of the waters. And different cities have very different water qualities.

                                            1. re: ctscorp

                                              A little bit of sodium acts as an electrolyte, and will make you less thirsty (this is the premise behind gatorade, and it actually works, though I can't stand the taste of the stuff). It's only a high concentration of sodium (greater than the salinity of blood, maybe?) that causes the body to expel water.

                                      3. In NYC or Boston or Denver, anything other than tap water is somewhere between an insult and ignorance.
                                        I grew up in rural Connecticut wher we had a deep artesian well and a water tower, until the kids started falling off it. 48 degree delicious water in the middle of summer, from the tap.

                                        1. Thonon, from Haute Savoie.
                                          Had it by chance in an Air France flight, best water I ever tasted.
                                          Not imported into the US, as far as I know.

                                          http://www.eau-thonon.com/

                                          1. i love the tap water in nyc, but I live in maryland so brita filtered or volvic if I have access to it

                                            1. Good old tap water for me. It is fine plain, but I filter and keep it in the fridge so I don't have to waste water to get the cold stuff.

                                              For a change of pace, I do go for bubbly mineral water like San Pelligrino.

                                              1. Fuji for me! It is so fresh & pure tasting.

                                                1. Personally the local spring and municipal water is great. Same as Poland Springs after all.

                                                  BUT, there is a new water from Wales that is the softest and sweetest spring water I have ever had. it is called Source water from LLanllyr.

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                                                  1. re: JMF

                                                    I just wanted to add that as a food and beverage writer I sample almost every new water on the market and so far the Source water has been the best out of dozens and dozens I have tried.

                                                  2. Filtered tap....we also carbonate it at home if we wish bubbles (which we often do).

                                                    At work, we have a cooler...not sure what the brand of water is, but it's fine.

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                                                    1. re: ccbweb

                                                      ccbweb, what sort of device do you use for carbonating? I love seltzer but hate the price and the packaging (I can guzzle a liter or more at a meal, easy). Lately I've been buying store-brand leftovers/overstocks at the liquidation store, but I'd much prefer carbonating my own delicious tap water.

                                                      1. re: Kinnexa

                                                        I use the Soda Club "Edition 1." You can read more about it, including various opinions here:
                                                        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38199...

                                                        We absolutely love it. It reduces costs an amazing amount and we carry no bottles anywhere. The website is http://www.sodaclub.com

                                                    2. I'm to cheap for bottled water unless we are traveling. NOB straight tap water. In Mexico, filtered tap water.

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                                                      1. At home it's NYC tap, always. But if I am in NJ or local, then I will get Poland Spring. As far as national brands go, I find Dasani appealing and clean tasting. For foreign, Volvic is good. I have never enjoyed the saline taste of Evian. I don't normally like tap if I am traveling in the US, so any inexpensive regional brands (like some of the ones mentioned in the OP) are fine.

                                                        1. I drink lots of water, and for years Evian was my favorite. For the last 6 months or so, I've been drinking my own filtered tap water out of a Nalgene bottle. I just can't square the environmental costs of bottled water with my conscience.

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                                                          1. re: pikawicca

                                                            Montclair, or similar Ontario-bottled spring water. I don't see why I should pay the boat fare from France or Italy for some water.

                                                          2. Best water I ever had: Hiking in Auyuittuq National Park in Baffin Island, Canada. The Penny Ice cap is the last vestiges of the last Great Ice Age, and this glacier melts into many tiny rivulets all throughout the park. The park gets about 200-300 visitors per year, and they have rules about waste, so the water is very safe to drink. After a 5 hour hike with a 60 pound pack on your back, nothing tastes as great as this water. It is crystal clear and cold all the time (park is at the edge of the Arctic Circle).

                                                            The pictures showing the shrinking of the Penny Ice Cap over the last 5 decades is a powerful testament to the effect of global warming. The Inuit (who live there) all talk about the extreme changes they have seen in the weather conditions, and how it has affected their traditional life. I love water, and I love bottled water. But I am trying to change my habits and to make better choices. Baby steps I assure you! I am still guilty of many eco-unfriendly behavior. Hard not to be when we live in one of the more developed countries in the world. But slowly getting better...

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                                                            1. re: moh

                                                              You have no idea how unsafe glacier water is. There are several bacteria that live in glacial ice that are very dangerous. As an ex-professional mountain climber I always boiled water when I was on a glacier or ice field. it was so dangerous that I didn't trust my filters. I have had friends die of liver failure from drinking untreated glacier water.

                                                              Also, there is practically nowhere in the world that doesn't have giardia in the water anymore.

                                                              1. re: JMF

                                                                JMF: Q: My mountain home is 9K feet in Cuchara, about 1500 feet below timberline. There are 2 beaver ponds upstream from me, and black bear are fairly common around my water source, the Cuchara river. How much of a risk does giardia pose? Thanks.

                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                  I'd say a very high risk. Giardia lamblia, sometimes known as "Beaver Fever" has been found practically everywhere that animals live or just pass through. Beavers may travels dozens of miles moving from one water source to another and are big carriers of giardia. Also bears travel hundreds of miles as well. Of course the main carriers to the unspoiled wilderness are humans. In the 60's and 70's backpackers spread more giardia than any animal did.

                                                                  One side comment.The old myth that drinking fresh running water is safe is just that, a myth. The running water actually moves along the giardia cysts that are slightly heavier than water and keeps them mixed right in there. Deep still water is actually safer from the giardia aspect because the cysts sink. So if you had no way to purify water it would be marginally safer to get a few hundred yards out into a lake and dip up water there.

                                                                2. re: JMF

                                                                  Very good point. Thx for bringing this up. Knew someone who almost died from Giardia after drinking glacier water.

                                                                  1. re: JMF

                                                                    I would be very interested in knowing which bacteria those are! I am a scientist, so I am curious. All I can tell you is that we were told in no uncertain terms that the water was safe as long as we didn't drink from the main river in the middle of the glaciated U-shaped valley, and to try to collect the water from as far from the main river as possible, and that we would be fine. I tend to be paranoid about these things, but they assured me it was fine.

                                                                    Do you know whether those bacteria are inherent to glaciers? Or are they caused by contamination from humans and animals?

                                                                    Auyuittuq is very isolated and pretty frozen for most of the year. It may be one of the few places that has less risk from Giardia.

                                                                    Anyhow, I appreciate the tip, and I will definitely look into it too! But please, if you have info on the bacteria that caused the problem, let me know, because I'd like to look into it!

                                                                    1. re: moh

                                                                      Quick report back JMF: I just went onto the Auyuittuq Park website, and there is now a warning on it to boil or process the water. When we went on the trip last year, I don't recall seeing this warning, and the park officials also told us the water was fine to drink. So I'm wondering if this is a new warning. They were very adamant about warning us about all the other ways we could die in the park, so I am surprised we were told the water was ok!

                                                                      Anyhow, again I appreciate the warning. But such a shame. It really was delicious water.... The world is a much more complicated place these days.

                                                                      1. re: moh

                                                                        I'm no scientist, but I think the rule of thumb is that if any critters can inhabit or visit locations upstream from where you drink, beware.

                                                                        1. re: HSBSteveM

                                                                          This is a very reasonable rule of thumb, and I am usually unwilling to drink untreated water.

                                                                          What I would say about Auyuittuq is that the amount of wildlife present in the park is very small compared to most wilderness areas. Most of the wildlife on Baffin tends to stay by the shoreline. If you ask the Inuit population what they think about hiking in Auyuittuq, many will respond "why bother? there is nothing to hunt". I have never been in the wild and seen so little animal or avian life. So although there is always the risk of infection by contamination, the combination of massive quantities of flowing water and very low population density makes for less risk. The water is only 1-2 degrees above freezing even on the warmest days, and is always flowing towards the main river. This combination tends to discourage bacterial growth, and again this reduces your risk. That was why I was wondering about bacteria that specifically live in glaciers, as they would certainly be more worrisome. Auyuiituq is "The Land that Never Melts", and I can tell you that this is an accurate title! Growth of bacteria is not as much of a problem there. In fact, they have an opposite problem. They can't get waste materials to biodegrade there. So if you leave a pile of garbage there, it will not degrade, it will sit there forever. The park is very strict about waste disposal for this reason.

                                                                          Now please, now that I know the park is recommending treating your water before you drink it, I will of course be a good citizen and follow orders. There must have been a recent case reported of some kind of waterborne illness to prompt this. Also, traffic in the park has been steadily increasing, thus increasing population density and risk of contamination.

                                                                          My point is that in the grand scheme of the world, this is probably one of the less risky places in the world to drink untreated water. And one of the most beautiful places to do it. This place is a real treasure. Still, I'll make sure to bring along the usual tools the next time I have the pleasure to go to Auyuittuq, and I greatly appreciate the safety tips from the board here!

                                                                          1. re: moh

                                                                            I have been looking for my info on this but the books may be in storage. I know that hundreds of bacteria can live or survive at very cold temps. In some places you can see 'yellow snow' that isn't what most people think. It is from sulphur reducing bacteria living in the snow. Also you can see red or pink snow, sometimes called 'watermelon snow' this is from toxic algae that live on the snow.

                                                                            1. re: JMF

                                                                              Thanks JMF! I have heard of those unusual cold-loving bacteria and algae. Again, I greatly appreciate your sharing of this important information. I am very sorry about the friends you have lost, and thank you for sharing their experience to try to protect others.

                                                                              You must have seen so many beautiful places in your lifetime as an ex-pro-mountain climber!

                                                                      2. re: JMF

                                                                        There is a huge difference between (mountain) glacial spring water that is fed directly into the earth from the bottom of melting glaciers and filtering its way through earth and eventually finding its way out through sheer solid rock mountain sides, as opposed to snow pack melt off forming creeks, streams, rivers and lakes that can be contaminated with animal waste. This is the type of glacial spring water I was referring to in my Feb 03, 2008 01:44PM replies to crowbar. I think that crowbar is talking about the same type of water. Now I can't speak for anywhere else, but here is a link to a report on 'High Serria Water' along the John Muir Trial in Yosemite Nataional Park by Robert W. Derlet, MD Professor of Medicine
                                                                        School of Medicine U.C. Davis. Note the sections on Giardia and in the Conclusions.

                                                                        http://www.yosemite.org/naturenotes/D...

                                                                        1. re: crt

                                                                          I don't see the link, but i found this article by Dr. Derlet, with some links to his other articles:

                                                                          http://www.yosemite.org/naturenotes/D...

                                                                          1. re: crt

                                                                            Crt, I don't know where the water I drank in Quebec originated from, probably nowhere near where I was so happily drinking it... but it seems it probably has a similar origin to the water you drank in Glacier National Park: the Quebec water I drank came directly out of a solid rock mountain-side.
                                                                            BTW, the spring is near a little village and most of the locals get water from it, some getting ALL their day-to-day drinking water there. No one, as far as I understand, has suffered illness from giardia. In fact, I never heard it mentioned. Although it was 6 years ago that I last drank that water, I am in touch with people who still live there... am sure I would have heard about any problems with the spring.
                                                                            I would, then, from my limited anecdotal evidence and your (impressive sounding :) sources, tend to agree with you.

                                                                            1. re: crowbar

                                                                              crowbar...Here's a link to another article, Giardia Lamblia and Giardiasis, by By Robert L. Rockwell, PhD. Although the focus of the article is mainly on the Sierra Nevadas I would tend to think that much of material would be relevant in areas that are similar to the Sierra Nevadas. Further, I have fired off an email to the Yosemite Association inquiring about glacial fed springs flowing from sheer rock moutain sides. When and if I get a reply I will post the contents here. A couple of paragraphs stood out in the article mentioned above...

                                                                              "Ask the average outdoors person about Giardia lamblia or giardiasis, and they have certainly heard about it. Almost always, however, they are considerably misinformed about both the organism’s prevalence in wilderness water, and the seriousness of the disease if contracted.

                                                                              With the advent of the Internet, the amount of information one can easily find on the subject is voluminous. Unfortunately, most of it is flawed in important aspects, being unsubstantiated, anecdotal, or merely quoting other unsubstantiated and anecdotal articles. Official sources, such as many informational publications put out by the US government, are not immune to this criticism."

                                                                              Below is a link to the rest of the article. Interesting indeed.

                                                                              http://www.yosemite.org/naturenotes/G...

                                                                              1. re: crowbar

                                                                                Wow! I got a extremely quick reply to the my email that I fired off to Sierra Nature Notes as mentioned in my 2/6/08 07:55AM posting. Here is both the content of my emial inquiry and then the reply...

                                                                                Having read Robert W. Derlet's informative article, High Sierra Water What's in the H20?, I have a question I'm hoping he, or some at Sierra Nature Notes, can answer or shed some light on. Regarding 'live' glaciers creating or forming underground springs that eventually find their way out through sheer rock mountains sides. I encountered such springs flowing out of the sheer rock mountain sides in Glacier National Park while driving through the Going to the Sun Road back in the 1970s when stationed at Malstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls Montana. My companion and I stopped at one of these springs, cupped our hands and enjoyed some of the coldest, clearest, best tasting water that I've ever experienced. So, my question is...Are springs such as these less susceptible to viruses, bacteria, and in particular Giardia that more naturally occur in creeks, streams, rivers and lakes that are fed from snow pack melts? There is a discussion board with a Water topic at 'chowhound.com' where this is being talked about and I was hoping to shed some light on the subject. My belief is that glacial springs such I described above would not contain as much or be as susceptible to virus and bacteria or Giardia as would the snow pack melt off fed creeks, streams, rivers and lakes. Any information you could provide or direct me to would be greatly appreciated.

                                                                                Thank you in advance for taking the time to read and consider the contents of this email. Sincerely Clarke

                                                                                Clarke:

                                                                                "Thanks for checking in with Nature Notes. Yes, the springs you describe would definitely have a lower chance of having any pathogens in them. I never hesitate to drink, untreated, from them myself. The main reason is there's just no place upstream that can become contaminated -- you're looking at the source and can, within reason, judge the danger of contamination by looking at tracks, presence of scat etc. It's harder to make that assessment of a stream when you don't know what's happening upstream. Direct snow melt into a small stream is another example of a low probability of contamination.

                                                                                Even on a small spring coming out from under a rock, if you see, say, cattle tracks around, that would be a pretty good clue that you don't want to drink the water without treating it. Deer tracks, though, would not cause as much concern as they don't have as high (any??) risk of carrying giardia.

                                                                                Dr. Derlet's research is showing a clear relationship between contamination with e-coli (as an indicator of other possible pathogens) and stock use (horses and cattle). The next highest source of contamination is from concentrations of hikers.

                                                                                His data, of course, is only from the Sierra Nevada in California. I don't know what would be found in areas with mammals (e.g. beaver) who live in or near streams.

                                                                                The short answer is that in the absence of cattle, Sierra water is pretty safe wherever you are. You want to be a little more careful when horses are around, but even then the risk is low. You're almost always safe drinking directly out of springs coming out from a rock as you did in Montana or even from side streams where you know horses or people don't camp. In 30+ years as a backcountry ranger in the Sierra, I've never treated the water and never seem to get sick.

                                                                                Incidentally, only last year I started carrying an ultraviolet gizmo to sterilize water with in areas with high stock use and no side streams available. I found it pretty easy to use and, according to the literature, very effective. Doesn't change the taste at all.

                                                                                Hope that helps. I'm also copying this to Dr. Derlet and he can correct or add anything if necessary.

                                                                                Regards,

                                                                                George Durkee
                                                                                Editor, SNN

                                                                                1. re: crt

                                                                                  Thanks, crt, for keeping us posted. I've just now read Rockwell's article... although I haven't checked his sources, his arguments are logical and sound.
                                                                                  Seems we should be washing our hands before dipping them into a spring! a point I'll definitely keep in mind (and one of those kindergarten lessons that crops up all thru adult life :)

                                                                        2. Lucky enough to have NYC tap water. When I'm on the go, I'll grab a bottle of Poland Spring. Not sure why it really hasn't been mentioned. I enjoy it!

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                                                                          1. re: KellyBelly

                                                                            Tap for me, straight from our well--it's the same aquifer that supplies the original Poland Spring water (I live about a mile from the bottling plant). I drink A LOT of water, all from the tap, and it tastes absolutely delicious. Funny thing is, I do not like bottled Poland Spring water at all. I find it boring and bland. I think they filter out all the good stuff.

                                                                            1. Fiji is the best that is affordable. Fine from Japan is the best when you are not worrying about money.

                                                                              1. Agree when it's out of the tap, NYC is the best water. But I can't believe nobody has mentioned Acqua Panna yet. It's the best tasting bottled water you can get. No soapy mineral flavor like some of the other popular ones mentioned here.

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                                                                                1. re: HSBSteveM

                                                                                  Yes, I've had Acqua Panna and it's quite good.

                                                                                  1. re: sweeterpea

                                                                                    I'll third Panna.

                                                                                    Providence tap is heinous, even filtered, so we drink Panna. It's always had the most pure taste (from the glass bottle?) to me.

                                                                                    1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                      It's not the glass bottle. It's the perfect balance of minerals.

                                                                                      1. re: HSBSteveM

                                                                                        Panna is high on my list, but Volvic remains #1 . . . if, that is, I have to buy a bottle.

                                                                                  2. re: HSBSteveM

                                                                                    I love Acqua Panna. Ironically, many Italians can't stand it. They say it's the worst tasting one on the Italian market. Personally, I am happy when I order still water in a restaurant and that clear glass bottle with the orange label shows up!

                                                                                    1. re: HSBSteveM

                                                                                      does that one come in a glass bottle? I had a delicious water on the islands recently, even felt different in the mouth, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was. Wanted to see if it was being on an island, or it actually was that much better than regular water

                                                                                    2. I only drink tap water at the gym, but otherwise not. I like Whole Foods 365 Italian sparkling water. I think it's way better than Pellegrino or any of the others I've tried. I know this sounds crazy, but I think it has better bubbles.

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                                                                                      1. re: Judith

                                                                                        I agree - I love that water, and now prefer it to Pellegrino.

                                                                                      2. Growing up in southeastern Kansas I detested our water--you could treat it and treat it and you couldn't ever, ever get all the mud out. (The river there is the Verdigris, which tells you exactly what it looks like.) Then I lived in Portland, Oregon for awhile. Water comes right down off Mount Hood. And yet I knew people there who bought bottled water.

                                                                                        Now I live in Iowa, and had prepared myself to go back to muddy river water. But no, the water here is almost as good as Portland water.

                                                                                        Actually, most bottled water tastes flat and a bit salty to me. I'll stick with my tap water, thanks.

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                                                                                        1. re: revsharkie

                                                                                          I think anyone who has lived in a town with truly wretched local water -- in my case, that would be San Angelo, Texas, where the tap water is chewy -- can appreciate the concept of bottled water, and I admit that I used to drink more than my share of it. But when I realized that I was drinking bottled water for convenience's sake and not because the local tap supply isn't any good (actually, Boston's tap water is well-known for its tastiness), I bought three or four plastic water bottles to stow around the house (one each for my bedside table, my office and the study, which is also where the exercise bike is, plus a free-floating extra) and left it at that. That extra $30 or so a month is nice to have around too.

                                                                                          1. re: revsharkie

                                                                                            Iowa water is actually pretty good. Although country water usually tastes much different than city water. I've never gotten used to well water.

                                                                                            1. re: spellweaver16

                                                                                              Years ago Consumer Reports rated tap water, for taste,in numerous cities across the country. Atlanta was rated #1, Des Moines was #2.
                                                                                              We have since switched the source, so don't know if it would still hold true.

                                                                                          2. i cannot for the life of me, remember what the name of it is, but i'm pretty sure i picked up at a store similiar to Williams-Sonoma, that had a cooler in the back... it was Mint-infused water. it is perfect in the afternoon when you want a snack, but don't want to eat before a meal coming up. its like taking the place of chomping on a stick of gum (which i can't do) and makes your whole mouth happy. hahaha i also think i picked some up at a Sheetz Gas Station once. i wanted to say it was Metro Mint... and a quick google search confirmed! haha

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                                                                                            1. re: CPunches

                                                                                              also, vitamin water is nice too. i didn't know what it was for a long time, but its an enhanced water, and it really helped my complexion. haha

                                                                                              1. re: CPunches

                                                                                                We tried a case of Metro Mint once -- cold it's refreshing, but as it warms, it tasted like mouthwash, haha

                                                                                                1. re: sweeterpea

                                                                                                  oh, i couldn't even imagine drinking it warm. hahaha. yikes!

                                                                                              2. If I buy water, and I don't usually because I like Houston's water, I like this oxygen water called HiOsilver. It's in glass bottles, and that is a real plus. But during Hurricane season we get bottled to keep on hand.

                                                                                                We bought a fridge that has a filter system built in it, so our water, and ice cubes, are as clean as can be. After 6 months of use (depending on how much water you drink), you replace the filter. It is amazing the goop that gets caught in the filter! And Houston is supposed to have very good quality water.

                                                                                                1. The truth about tap water and bottled waters and the bottled water industry from AllAboutWater.org. Interesting reading. Whatever kind of water tickles your 'uvula', you might be interested in the articles and information presented here. Of particular interest to me was the hyper link to 'The Effects of Bottled Water on the Environment'. Now, I'm not judging peoples choices of water. I'm just throwing out some information that may be helpful in making those choices. Personally I enjoy water from the kitchen tap with a Brita attached. Good enough for me.

                                                                                                  http://www.allaboutwater.org/

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                                                                                                  1. re: crt

                                                                                                    I would take this website with a huge dose of salt! It appears to be a front organization for the water filter manufacturing industry.

                                                                                                    1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                      Yes they do seem to offer up healthy & environmentally sound alternatives to bottled water (bad .org, bad!) However, I don't see in my crystal ball grain of salt where they advertise or endorse any water filtering brand/name brand products.

                                                                                                      1. re: crt

                                                                                                        They don't endorse brands per se although they do have links to brands, and there is a definite bias in favor of filtered water over all other possible choices. I find this suspect.

                                                                                                        1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                          They don't endorse brands period. There's a big difference, at least in my book, between providing a link to a water filter brand and actually advertising or endorsing it. There's no advertising and there isn't even, let alone, pop-ups and, again, there's no endorsing! Three links, of which only two work, provided for those who might be interested on information on those products. Tell me if I missed somethig. Did they insist or even suggest to click on those links? And I don't remember an arm with a hand attached suddenly crashing through my monitor grabbing my arm and twisting it until I did.

                                                                                                  2. Best water I've had in my life isn't for sale... you gotta go get it yourself... From a frigid, fast-flowing spring coming out of the mountains of Quebec... maybe because it was super-oxygenated (from all its movement) or something? - crowbar Feb 02, 2008 06:10AM

                                                                                                    Funny you should mention the water coming out of that mountain in Quebec. I had the similar experience when I was stationed at Malstrom AFB in Great Falls Montana during the 1970s while me and a friend of mine, off duty, took a trip over the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park. We pulled over and stopped at a point where there was a glacial fed spring flowing out of the side of sheer sloid rock mountain. To this day it was the codest, freshest, best tasting water I've ever drunk.

                                                                                                    1. Good old NYC tap. No Brita filter or anything else. Occasionally I'll indulge in S. Pellegrino.

                                                                                                      1. I really like Fiji water, and Volvic, too. Plain old tap water, if it's cold from the tap, can be really good, too.

                                                                                                        1. Tap is fine for me as long as it is really cold. I do go through a lot of La Croix in Lemon, Orange and Grapefruit. The bubbles are really fine and it is very refreshing.

                                                                                                            1. Whatever is cheap. I get like 24 bottles at the local wholesale club for like $4. I just buy it for the sake of convenience.

                                                                                                              1. I was at a rehearsal dinner with a bunch of 30-somethings, at this fabulous house tucked high up in Vermont's Green Mountains, when I overheard one of them ask if the tap water was "okay" to drink. If you listen long enough you can hear "life as we knew it" crumbling and falling into the ravine.

                                                                                                                1. Glacier water - it's 25-30 cents a gallon, you fill your own bottles, and it tastes amazing (it's great for coffee, too!)

                                                                                                                  1. Crystal Geyser. IMHO, the cleanest tasting.

                                                                                                                    When I was growing up, our water supply was the town reservoir. The water was clean and soft and you could drink it right out of the tap. I sure do miss that...

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                                                                                                                    1. re: mercyteapot

                                                                                                                      we used to drink crystal geyser, then switched to glacier (which is even cleaner, if possible!)

                                                                                                                    2. The only bottled water jfood will turn down is Saratoga bubbly. There is something about the carbonation level that drives jfood crazy.

                                                                                                                      1. I just drink filtered water. I've got an ionizer, so I set it at pH 7.4, the pH of our blood (which is the same pH as Fiji). I think a lot of our water preferences could be tinged by marketing. DH was emphatic about how Fiji was superior in taste until I did a blind taste test. He preferred the water from our water filter.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                          >>> I think a lot of our water preferences could be tinged by marketing. <<<

                                                                                                                          Could be? COULD be?!?!? ;^)

                                                                                                                          Of course it is! Why else would people pay so much for filtered tap water (Aquafina and Dasani)? Shipping bottles from France, Switzerland, Italy . . . Fiji -- I can understand some of the cost. But tap water from LA???

                                                                                                                          1. re: zin1953

                                                                                                                            Goes beyond marketing, and frankly into Mafia-style territory.
                                                                                                                            Did you notice whenever at an airport in the US ( ANY airport ), the only water available is DASANI ???

                                                                                                                            1. re: RicRios

                                                                                                                              FWIW, Dasani is made/owned by Coca-Cola; Aquafina is made/owned by Pepsi.

                                                                                                                        2. I don't buy water. I use tap water and use a reusable bottle. I do like sparkling water and club soda but I buy the standard swepp's or canada dry, nothing fancy. All this hype about water is nonsense. Unless you really have undrinkable water I feel it's a waste of time and money to go out and buy something you already have at your disposal. I would also bet that one couldn't tell the difference between those brands mentioned in a blind taste test.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: picapau

                                                                                                                            let's just say that some people can tell the difference and some can't between the different waters, but I have also been told that the container that it comes in adds or should i say detracts from the 'taste' of the water.

                                                                                                                            1. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                              Makes sense. Wine glasses can totally change the way a wine tastes -- should be similar for water (but to a smaller extent). Personally, I hate drinking out of plastic -- only do that when I'm working out.

                                                                                                                          2. Another for tap water.

                                                                                                                            Except for convenience or carbonation, bottled water is a HUGE rip-off. A lot of the brands (like those owned by Coca Cola) simple filter it from a tap and sell it at 1,000% + mark-up.

                                                                                                                            SF and some Bay Area water that comes from Hetch Hetchy is superior to 99% of bottled water.

                                                                                                                            I also find it simply nuts to buy water in a bottle shipped half way around the world. Frankly it's absurd.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: ML8000

                                                                                                                              I can count on one and a half hands the number of people who agree with you, ML....although dear heaven help us - you are absolutely right. Hey, if you live in the US, you have access to more potable water than almost anyone else on the planet - from a tap. And I still want to know how many of you gourmet water connoisseurs grew up drinking water from nonrecyclable plastic bottles.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Alice Letseat

                                                                                                                                Well, I hope I'm on one of those one-and-a-half hands! ;^)

                                                                                                                                1. re: Alice Letseat

                                                                                                                                  I didn't grow up drinking bottled water.

                                                                                                                                  A brief history of handsized bottled water suggests it started at running events in the early 80s where companies handed out free samples of bottled water to people who obviously needed it right away...and the association of health and bottled water was born.

                                                                                                                                  Ironically, while hydration is important, the bottled water industry isn't regulated and has more microscopic crap in it then municipal water which has much stricter regulations.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: ML8000

                                                                                                                                    ML

                                                                                                                                    The bottled water industry is regulated as to the level of saolids allowable in water, just like municipalities..

                                                                                                                                    If you do not want to buy bottled water for environmental reason, profits to coke/pepsi reasons, or believe there is "microscopic crap" in it (and yes there is solids in bot municipal and bottled water) that's fine, but the only not crap-induced water (pure h2o) is distilled water (which by the way costs more to produce than dasani and aquafina) , which is primarilly used in computer chip clean rooms and irons.

                                                                                                                                2. re: ML8000

                                                                                                                                  ML

                                                                                                                                  Just a little data from someone who (a) drinks water from the well under his house, (b) buys poland spring water in plastic bottles (both delivered and Costco) and (c) orders bottled water (some shipped from overseas) in restaurants. So he does all three.

                                                                                                                                  On (a) jfood is sure you are on the same page, but does not want you to allocate any part of a finger to this

                                                                                                                                  On (b) it comes from about 400 miles north of jfood not from overseas, but jfood understands the comments. Could he just fill a nalgen bottle with tap, yes he could, but does not, mea culpa

                                                                                                                                  On (c) jfood does not drink wine but takes pleasure in the varieties of water certain restaurants offer, and yes they are different. So similar to jfood not understanding why someone would order an expensive bottle of wine with dinner (hey it's just smushed up grapes (insert tongue in cheek here)) someone may say, hey, it's just h2o. Most times though he just orders tap ($10 for a bottle is where jfood agrees with your absurd comment).

                                                                                                                                  So there are times when tap works, when bottled works and when in-resto bottles work. It all depends.

                                                                                                                                  BTW - Those "simple filters" that Coke/Pepsi buy are neither simple nor cheap to buy or run.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                    "BTW - Those "simple filters" that Coke/Pepsi buy are neither simple nor cheap to buy or run."

                                                                                                                                    Exactly jfood! My DH sells filtration systems and they are not cheap, or simple. Add to the cost of the filtering systems, the media you have to use to keep them working correctly and it gets even more costly. And you have to replace the media on a regular basis. This is why our refridgerator has a built in filtering system. Once he got in the business and became educated about water and filtering, he refused to use un-filtered water.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                      Mineral and sparkling water certainly has different taste characteristics. No doubt about that. I can taste and appreciate the difference and have San Pellegrino at a restaurant with dinner on occasion...BUT I also fully understand how absurd it is to ship something 6,000 miles. I simply don't do this everyday.

                                                                                                                                      If I want mineral or fizzy water at home, I buy something local like Calistoga. I've been thinking about a seltzer charger but been too lazy to get one.

                                                                                                                                      About filters and bottled water, okay, they're not simple but lets face it, that stuff from Coca Cola is still comes out of the tab and instead of a 1,000x mark-up, it's only 959x...still an obscene mark up for tap water. Add-in the whole "manufacturing" costs (billions of plastic bottles) and transportation costs and it's absurd. A Brita filter and a reusable bottle will do the same thing for a LOT less and on an "as needed basis".

                                                                                                                                      1. re: ML8000

                                                                                                                                        A brita filter and the RO systems at Coke and Pepsi will not do the same things. The other statements are correct, but the filters that produce Dasani and Aquafina are waaaay more sophisticated than the little guy on your tap or in your fridge.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                          Okay then, for Dasani and Aquafina you're buying tap water run through a sophisticated filtering system at 1,000x the cost of tap with extra marketing tossed in just for fun.

                                                                                                                                          Regulation-wise, you might want to read the below links. It talks about testing and environmental impact:
                                                                                                                                          http://www.allaboutwater.org/regulati...
                                                                                                                                          http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/nb...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: ML8000

                                                                                                                                            "the bottled water industry isn't regulated " was what jfood was referring to and both your links state that is not quite true as they are governed by the FDA, although not to standards some may want. As far as the nrdc link, probably best to leave that outside the discussion. Some may not give any credence to sites like this. At least you and jfood agree that the bottled water is regulated.

                                                                                                                                            As to the price of water, supply and demand drives price. don;t want to pay, everyone has that choice.

                                                                                                                                            Jfood feels the same way about crushed grapes being called wine and sold for how many times the price of production? don't see people commenting that mondavi sells wine for $30/bottle when it has a couple of pennies of grapes in it. is jfood's analogy rationale, some will say yes others will say no. No biggie.

                                                                                                                                            C'est la vie and bottom's up.

                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the discussion ML, jfood signing out on this one.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                              JFood....can see but not appreciate your feelings about wine. Although, please allow me to note that to my best recollection, there's nowhere on planet earth where people are thirsting - for lack of sufficient supply - for potable wine from a tap. Water is an entirely different issue, and one that bottled water acolytes seem to want to ignore. that's why feelings about it run so strongly.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Alice Letseat

                                                                                                                                                sorry AL jfood was not clear on the wine analogy. It was to address the 1000% mark up, absolutely not ANY comparison between the need for fresh water and wine. that would be beyond stupid foolish.

                                                                                                                                                But your last sentence on the overlap between clean water needs and people who drink bottled water escapes jfood. Are you saying that people who drink bottled water are somehow not focussing and allowing clean water projects in North Africa to proceed? Help please.

                                                                                                                                                FWIW - jfood spent a few years traveling around the world raising money to bring clean water to LDC's so he knows, unfortunately, all too well the need for potable water.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                  >>> Jfood feels the same way about crushed grapes being called wine and sold for how many times the price of production? don't see people commenting that mondavi sells wine for $30/bottle when it has a couple of pennies of grapes in it. <<<

                                                                                                                                                  Your analogy might work if it were correct. But it isn't.

                                                                                                                                                  In "The Wrath of Grapes: The Coming Wine Industry Shakeout And How To Take Advantage Of It," published in 1999, Lewis Perdue wrote that the average Napa Valley vineyard costs about $34,000 per acre for the raw land, and another $18,000 per acre to prepare and plant it. (These figures have only increased since then.) The first harvest of a newly planted vineyard doesn't come until the third year, and the yield isn't nearly as much as the vineyard will produce in subsequent years. Waiting three years has its costs, too.

                                                                                                                                                  But ignoring all the background costs, let's look specifically at "a couple of pennies of grapes," shall we?

                                                                                                                                                  According to Robin Garr -- see http://www.wineloverspage.com/wineadv... -- there are roughly 600 to 800 grapes per bottle, which may be about eight bunches of grapes per bottle or about five bottles from a healthy grapevine.

                                                                                                                                                  According to the Livingston Moffett Winery in Napa Valley, an average wine grape weighs about 2 grams, and there are 15 grapes per ounce - and that there are about 75 grapes in a cluster or bunch. A grapevine produces about 40 clusters, more than 13 pounds of fruit. Livingston works this out to about 590 grapes in a bottle.

                                                                                                                                                  At Château Palmer in Bordeaux, they say it takes about a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of grapes for a standard bottle.

                                                                                                                                                  It takes more grapes per bottle for dessert wines, of course. The people at Château Yquem state that, in making their fabled Sauternes, "Château d'Yquem," it takes the entire production from 7-8 vines to yield a single bottle, but for their dry white Bordeaux, "Château Ygrec," they produce approximately 7 bottles per vine.

                                                                                                                                                  OK, so let's get back to your statement ("mondavi sells wine for $30/bottle when it has a couple of pennies of grapes in it"). Presume -- rounding up -- that you get 14 pounds of grapes per vine, and it takes two pounds of grapes per bottle. According to the 2006 Grape Crush Report, compiled by the California Department of of Food and Agriculture -- see http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_b... -- the average price per ton for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was $4,138.31 per ton. Two thousand pounds per ton; two pounds per bottle; so we're looking at an average of $4.14 worth of grapes in that Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon.

                                                                                                                                                  Then there is the cost of harvesting the grapes, the cost of the fermenters, pumps, hoses, etc. Then add the 24-30 months the wine ages is French oak barrels at $700+ per barrel, the cost of bottles, corks, machinery and labor . . .

                                                                                                                                                  I am NOT saying the average California super-premium Cabernet doesn't have a healthy profit margin in it. But I am saying your analogy is off by a considerable margin.

                                                                                                                                                  Cheers,
                                                                                                                                                  Jason

                                                                                                                                                  P.S. What's with the third-person stuff?

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: zin1953

                                                                                                                                                    Zin

                                                                                                                                                    Believe it or not this is exactly the type of post jfood was looking for in a response. Nice presentation, well phrased with good data to support. Jfood remembers an old joke, "How do you become a millionaire? Invest $20 million in a vineyard." It is a tough, usually money-losing proposition.

                                                                                                                                                    If jfood would have placed $10 as his estimate he does not think you would have responded in such a passionate manner. Thank you, this is awesome information. And jfood always wondered the economics of a bottle of wine (call it his curious nature and training). And now he feels armed with mucho information for a fun dinner he is attending at some good friends tomorrow night. Fixed costs plus ~$4 per bottle for Mondavi Cab. Man jfood, who does not drink, is going to score some looks over the cheese course.

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks Zin, jfood owes you one.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                      Keep in mind costs are not fixed, but ever increasing, as (to cite but one example) new French oak -- purchased every year -- has steadily rising in price from approx. $250 a barrel when I got into the wine trade to $750 or more, depending upon the cooper, the source of the oak, and the volume purchased.

                                                                                                                                                      Also, keep in mind I gave you the weighted average price of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in 2006 ($4,138.31). Keep in mind that, in 2006, someone paid $13,500 for over 100 tons of Napa Cab, and that was nowhere near the most expensive price! The highest price paid for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in 2006 ws $23,500 for 11.2 tons, and right behind that were 30+ tons that sold for $22,135.42.

                                                                                                                                                      Cheers,
                                                                                                                                                      Jason

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: zin1953

                                                                                                                                                        Thanks again Z. If jfood gets into that level of detail he better hope the other people are a few bottles into the evening cause he is going to start winging data at that point. But he is definitely going to somehow get the 11.2 tons for 23K into the conversation.

                                                                                                                                                        Now - Can you tell jfood how long it will take Lucille Ball to crush 11.2 tons of grapes? One of jfood's favorite episodes.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                          Is she working by herself, or is Ethel Mertz assisting?

                                                                                                                                                          Working in the lagares in Portugal, one can (and does) tread on grapes for days, but the initial volume is crushed in a few hours, with about six people and hourly shots of Brandy Croft.

                                                                                                                                      2. I've been drinking TopoChico Sparkling Mineral water from Mexico. I don't think that it is any better or any worse than other brands, but it comes in glass bottles and I use it as a substitute for soft drinks like Coke and Mountain Dew.

                                                                                                                                        When it is ice cold, it is very tasty and makes you burp...

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: Alice Letseat

                                                                                                                                          A coda: For those of you who absolutely LOVE flavored water -try using (filtered! fine! filter it if it's needed!) 1) a little sprig of fresh mint (or a bit of dried in a tea ball or infuser) 2) a slice of lemon or lime or 3) any other fresh fruit slice you choose. You'll be amazed what you can do with clean water from the tap. (Wait! should I have noted this on the"home cooking" board???)

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Alice Letseat

                                                                                                                                            4) cucumber slices 5) orange slices 6) both

                                                                                                                                        2. Fiji: tastes perfect to me. Then Kentwood Springs: tastes slightly sweet, but very clean to me. You must make sure that you are getting the real Kentwood from Kentwood, Louisiana not the fake Kentwood from Georgia which tastes like soap. The real Kentwood has a blue cap, the fake a white cap.

                                                                                                                                          1. Zephyrhills Spring Water is the best! Isn't anyone from Florida?? I was shocked that stores did not carry Zephryhills water when I left home and began to travel more. I didn't realize it was only in Florida. When I am out of town I have learned to appreciate Fiji and Evian. When I am in the mood for something special: Perrier water with FRESH lime. mmmmmm!

                                                                                                                                            1. Chez Quabbin is fine for me here in Boston for still water; Polar selzters for gassified. What always amazes me heading away from Boston is realizing how blessed we are with affordable* sparkling water choices. I have been stunned at the reduced offering elsewhere, and realize it must just be a local demand.

                                                                                                                                              * Then again, we have the most expensive tap water in the US due to the costs of the (very successful yet expensive) Boston harbor clean up, but I digress...

                                                                                                                                                1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                  Unfortunately, it's not. Many bottled watersa are from the same sources and not necessarily treated to remove the substances in question. And spring waters are "natural" and "natural" can mean anything coming through the watershed, as it were.

                                                                                                                                                  i suspect that some of this, of course, has to do with the press stories in recent years about estrogens from birth control pills, in case any one is wondering....

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Karl S

                                                                                                                                                    I'm lucky enough to live within in an area that shares the NYC water supply so I have been spoiled to have really good water at tap, a fact that was driven home to me at summer camp once where we were required to drink 4-5 glasses of the tap water per day which were pumped out of an on camp well which was made from an old converted sulphur mine (I swear I am not making this up)
                                                                                                                                                    When I do need bottled water (such as when I am traveling) I almost alawys use a brand called Evamor, which is atually degined to be alkaline (about pH 9). While I don't buy into the bottlers claims (that the neutralizetion of stomach acids the water is supposed to improve you health and extend your life) I have discovered that this water does actually do 2 things to me. 1. It is very good for settling my stomach when I have severe intestinal distress. and more importantly 2. Unlike most bottled waters I don't get severe gas pains from drinking it on a hot day. For those who only drink bottled waters deviod of an addinal chemicals I have fornd memories of the taste of a brand called Cannadian Music which i used to bump into from time to time in upstate New York. For carbonated I sorta like a brand called (I belive) Jana (from somewhere in easter europe) (it comes in a green plastic bottle) hope someone else find this helpful.

                                                                                                                                                2. This whole thread and not one vote for BADOIT green cap? Love that salty carbonation.

                                                                                                                                                  For flat water, I'm not lucky enough to live in NYC but TO tap water is pretty good. I do love Evian though, on the occasional hot summer day. I'd rather fall over than drink Dasani though - hate the taste!

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: orangewasabi

                                                                                                                                                    OOPS! My aplogies but having gotten a few bootle today I reailize I gave the wrong name for the carbonated Mineral Water I reccomedn its Jamnica not Jana (there is a Jana water but it is a still water) its from Croatia one again my apologies.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: orangewasabi

                                                                                                                                                      Yes--concur exactly with your water preferences. I love Evian--it tastes soft and almost buttery to me (not saline at all, as noted above). And for sparkling water, either Badoit (punchier), or San Pellegrino.
                                                                                                                                                      I think Aquafina is the worst. It's processed through every purification mechanism ever invented--and it just tastes stale to me.
                                                                                                                                                      It might be interesting to compare the mineral contents in different waters to see if there's a pattern among the ones you like and dislike.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Filtered tap water, 'cause it's best for the environment. Way too many plastic bottles for me.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Can't believe how great NYC tap water is!
                                                                                                                                                        Seattle has some really good tap too..
                                                                                                                                                        Bottled water, the worst is Arrowhead..taste like a wet chicken was immersed in the water then bottled..YUK..
                                                                                                                                                        Like Gerolsteiner, tynant and Fiji..
                                                                                                                                                        Have not tried Poland Springs but hear that is very good.
                                                                                                                                                        San Diego has some pretty gross tap water..

                                                                                                                                                        1. The water in Duluth Minnesota is spectacular!

                                                                                                                                                          1. I too, filter my tap water but I enjoy Smart Water.

                                                                                                                                                            1. I'll play.

                                                                                                                                                              Hetch Hetchy from my childhood.
                                                                                                                                                              San Pelligrino for carbonated.
                                                                                                                                                              Poland Spring for flat.
                                                                                                                                                              Hate, hate, hate Evian.

                                                                                                                                                              Has anyone had Hildon? I heard it's TK's favorite. Can you buy it? I've never seen it in the DC metro area.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Anybody get their city to stop fluoridating? I don't care for water, but we have a whole house filter and Pur pitcher filter, wish there was a way to get rid of the fluoride. Consider all the plastic and try to get cities to provide safe, palatable tap water....

                                                                                                                                                                1. You do know that, at the very least, Aquafina and Dasani come from municipal sources? And those plastic bottles are awful for the environment. Not to mention the expense! Tap water for me too.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Tap water is the best. I have a whole house filter connected to my main source coming in the house and then a Pur wter filter on the tap in the kitchen. But the whole house filter also gets my ice maker with good filtered water too. The contents of the plastic that are used don't sit well in the land fills. Look on the bottom of the bottles in the little triangle and if there is a number other then 2, 4 or 5, then that bottle will sit in the landfill for over 100 years and not decompose. A 2, 4 or 5 are the best to drink out of and if you do throw away, will decompose right along with everything else. I always look for those numbers on all plastic ware that I use in the kitchen. But good filtered tap is the way to go.