- July 21, 2021 at 12:41 am #520644Grace ScarlettParticipantRegistered On: February 16, 2021Topics: 102Replies: 2306Has thanked: 8247 timesBeen thanked: 12994 times
Good morning from England….I want to chat about ….water….well, I do actually live on an island!!!!
Ok, as large parts of the rest of the world are cooking as well as the U.K…..how are you keeping hydrated????
At this very moment the South West here has had its FIRST EVER hot weather warning!!!….
Sales of bottled mineral/ spring water are going through the roof. Do you partake in bottled water or are you just happy to drink from the household tap. Such exotic names as Icelandic glacial, Himalaya, Sierra springs, Volvic and Pluto water……to name a few among literally thousands, try to entice us to buy…… but wait…hang on to your panties because i’m going off on a tangent….
What about Peckham Spring???
Have you not seen ” Only fools and horses”???….what!!!!!
(Google it )…..
it was a massively popular comedy series about a ” wheeler dealer ” called Del Trotter who would buy and sell literally anything to make a quick buck.
In the episode ” mother nature’s son “….he discovers water apparently ” bubbling up ” through the ground on grandads allotment…..( It’s actually coming from an old hidden hose connected to a hidden tap )…this gives him a brainwave…….getting ” a real ” sample of mineral water tested and verified, and believed to come from his allotment, he now has a confirmed natural spring bubbling away……in the centre of London!!!!….(luverly jubbly)….
he soon has a bottling plant set up in his high rise apartment and is selling ordinary tap water as “Peckham Spring”…..it’s fabulously funny…..
Anyway, back to the point….while I enjoy our ordinary tap water, I must admit I do like cool, mineral water and I especially like the carbonated variety. Here in England, all of our household water is treated and safe to drink, whether it is from a kitchen tap, a bathroom…..even the water that fills our toilet cisterns and flushes our toilets is fresh drinking water…..it all comes into our houses through the same pipe!!!!
Do you drink lots of water?…prefer tap or natural?….did you always drink lots before the heatwave?….or have you been converted??
Hoped you enjoyed the ramble and escaped for a few minutes….
But seriously, please remember to keep hydrated……we all know it’s good for us and we need to!!!!
…..and we also know what a prune looks like don’t we????
Keep smiling, Grace xx
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- July 27, 2021 at 3:13 am #523658Grace ScarlettBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: February 16, 2021Topics: 102Replies: 2306Has thanked: 8247 timesBeen thanked: 12994 times
Well my darlings, ( pardon the pun )…
it rained so hard for about 45 minutes at tea time last night, I had eight inch water fountains coming up through the manholes in the road outside…quite a sight…not to be confused with eight inch geysers which I believe are hot water…..
or eight inch geezers who are really dwarf “del boys” trying to do dodgy deals….🤣🤣🤣
At least i do not have to fill my bird bath….which is handy because i can still see a shark patrolling my front garden…..and even though it’s not raining now, it’s still bloody hot again!!!…
Smiles, grace ❤️❤️
- July 27, 2021 at 3:22 am #523663stephanie plumbBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: November 17, 2018Topics: 166Replies: 2249Has thanked: 3567 timesBeen thanked: 10623 times
Eight inches! Come on Grace, I think you are exaggerating a teeny bit. Mirrors do lie, you know. Its all to do with the angle of vision and a smattering of wishful thinking. Del boy was never an eight incher, surely, no matter what he told you. But then again…. it might explain that smirk he often has on his face………..
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- July 26, 2021 at 3:04 am #523077Baroness - AnnualRegistered On: November 17, 2018Topics: 166Replies: 2249Has thanked: 3567 timesBeen thanked: 10623 times
The UK is suffering from a severe water shortage!
The pandemic and pingdemic has started a waterdemic.
(for those non UK girls the track and trace software has pinged over half a million people, even through brick walls because a neighbour has tested positive.)
Yes – bottled water has flown off the supermarket shelves as the doom mongers in the govt. and media have frightened everyone (yet again) and started a panic buying splurge. Pictures of empty shelves are paraded at every newscast, with presenters pretending to be worried.
“What am I to do?” asked one panicking buyer, tears in her eyes, – I can’t get my Highland Spring! ”
None of the commentators has expressed the opinion that perhaps the rush to buy water was in fact caused by the recent heat-wave? Oh no – it must be the pingdemic that is to blame. It’s Boris’ fault. We MUST have another lockdown!
People , at their wits end, are being forced to drink tap water. TAP WATER! What is the world coming to.
- July 27, 2021 at 2:48 am #523653LisaTLadyRegistered On: January 31, 2021Topics: 71Replies: 888Has thanked: 888 timesBeen thanked: 4421 times
The shortage of bottled water in London is literally just a drop in the ocean as the aquifers and reservoirs supplying the tap water for Greater London are still over 90% of capacity.
Somy suggestion would be take your empty bottle of highland spring and fill it from the tap. Add a slice of Lemon or lime to taste and place in the fridge for ultra cold bottled water without the hassle of trips to the supermarket and at a fraction of the price.
- July 27, 2021 at 12:37 am #523638Amanda BurtonBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: January 15, 2020Topics: 38Replies: 1777Has thanked: 10092 timesBeen thanked: 6972 times
Well no worries here Stephanie, step out side last night here and instant outdoor power shower and all the fresh water you could bottle for and hour. Car washed in 20 seconds flat,as for the road and for the sporting a rapid canoe assault course,with very beautiful fountains from the drains. Soggy Amanda xx
- July 23, 2021 at 11:26 am #521700Emily VioletLadyRegistered On: August 7, 2020Topics: 6Replies: 116Has thanked: 579 timesBeen thanked: 545 times
Chayeauneurf du Pape
As Del Boy would say
- July 23, 2021 at 2:26 am #521528Sarah LaneDuchessRegistered On: September 1, 2020Topics: 1Replies: 36Has thanked: 499 timesBeen thanked: 177 times
Hey Grace, Tap Water for me but I have two bottles that I use. One is at the moment 1/3 full and icing up in the Freezer. It will come out tomorrow and be filled up with tap water and my second bottle will go into the Freezer to be used the next day. Also have a Cover to go around the bottle to keep it cold all day as it sits in the car while I visit customers.
Not too bad here in NZ as we are going through Winter, but in Summer the bottle does not often last the day. Sorry to hear how hot it is on the top half of the world at the moment.
Del Boy!! That takes me back. Fantastic Series and Fantastic Actor, loved him in “Open all Hours”
- July 23, 2021 at 7:19 am #521608Grace ScarlettBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: February 16, 2021Topics: 102Replies: 2306Has thanked: 8247 timesBeen thanked: 12994 times
- July 23, 2021 at 8:59 am #521654MartiBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: February 5, 2019Topics: 25Replies: 361Has thanked: 1355 timesBeen thanked: 1442 times
,, and just to stir the pot one more time, a nod to ‘Blanco Webb’ in the comedy series “Porridge”. For those who’ve never seen the show, David Jason was only in his thirties when he played the role of doddery old Blanco, doing life in the nick for murdering his wife. “What’s funny about that?” you may ask. But my lips are sealed.
- July 23, 2021 at 12:04 am #521506Rachel HayesLadyRegistered On: January 20, 2021Topics: 10Replies: 140Has thanked: 624 timesBeen thanked: 732 times
Since I got my new American fridge with a filtered water dispenser, I haven’t touched the sink tap. Admittedly, I add squash but I’m finding I’m drinking about 4 pints a day at the moment.
Even with the added squash, I can definitely tell the difference between the tap water and the fridge water. On the occasions where I do have plain water (taking a tablet or something), it’s night and day.
While my kitchen was being renovated last year and I had no water facilities at all for 4 months (don’t even ask!), buying bottled water was a costly affair and even at Lidl/Aldi 95p per 2 litres bottle prices, costs ramped up very quickly so there is no way I could entertain the idea on a longer term basis.
Having just re-watched OFAH from start to finish, this episode is very recent in my memory and what an absolute classic it was! The good old days before water meters when you could run a production conveyor belt in your flat without them being able to know your tap was running 24×7 *giggles*
- July 23, 2021 at 12:20 am #521507Baroness - AnnualRegistered On: February 16, 2021Topics: 102Replies: 2306Has thanked: 8247 timesBeen thanked: 12994 times
The fridges these days are amazing aren’t they?….
but having no water for four months….oh my….sounds like you had friends of Del boy working for you…..haha xx
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- July 22, 2021 at 10:24 pm #521484Emily AltDuchess - AnnualRegistered On: August 24, 2019Topics: 12Replies: 590Has thanked: 469 timesBeen thanked: 2706 times
When I lived in New York I never thought twice about drinking tap water. Since moving to SoCal I’ve discovered most municipal water supplies taste lousy. It’s safe to drink but most people wouldn’t. Sales of bottled water are big business. Personally, I prefer sparkling mineral water. Gerolsteiner and Pellegrino are my faves. I drink several 750ml bottles daily.
- July 22, 2021 at 11:18 pm #521497Baroness - AnnualRegistered On: February 16, 2021Topics: 102Replies: 2306Has thanked: 8247 timesBeen thanked: 12994 times
Hi Emily….it’s find it amazing that we now have ” space tourists “, yet there’s still places where the water tastes lousy…….in fact there’s still places where there is NO water!!!….it’s the wonderful world we live in xx
- July 22, 2021 at 10:14 am #521296KristaDuchessRegistered On: January 24, 2017Topics: 9Replies: 643Has thanked: 1992 timesBeen thanked: 2993 times
Hi Grace, well I’m very late to the water party. Most everything has been said by others. But here is my take.
I can’t remember the last time I bought bottled “spring” water. It would have been over 10 years ago. Our tap water is just fine. Though my wife has bought some bottled water, because she believes in having some around “just in case of a water line break”. I guess I should check the expiry dates; pretty sure they are long past due and I am concerned about the cheap plastic bottles breaking down. And those super cheap “value” bottles are made of the cheapest and thinnest plastics – scary just to think about it.
And don’t get me started about the heat wave. We, in northwest Canada, have never had temperatures in the 40s but we’ve had it now. I lived in the basement for about three weeks. Thank goodness we are back to normal. It was 9 C this morning when I went to my dental appointment. So much more comfortable. And heck, even our furnace kicked on (which made my wife happy). Anyway are cooler temperatures today are a result of my buying a new and very expensive A/C unit (which is getting installed as I’m typing). Happy wife, happy life. Big Hugs, Krista.
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- July 22, 2021 at 10:04 am #521291DonnaLadyRegistered On: January 17, 2021Topics: 106Replies: 1713Has thanked: 11209 timesBeen thanked: 6056 times
Anyone ever use those filtered bottles where can use any source of water and suppose to take all the bad stuff out and safe to drink. Says can fill them with sea water and would take the salt out. and be good water.
Know many campers and hikers uses them. so they say.
- July 22, 2021 at 8:58 am #521257Krissy RichardsLadyRegistered On: June 4, 2021Topics: 0Replies: 152Has thanked: 286 timesBeen thanked: 598 times
The “peckham springs episode of only fools and horses is the funniest one ive ever watched! Just hope one day the rest of the world 🌎 get a chance to see the ducking and divings of del boy, dunno if Americans or anywhere else would have a character like him? 👍
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- July 22, 2021 at 1:27 pm #521361Amanda BurtonBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: January 15, 2020Topics: 38Replies: 1777Has thanked: 10092 timesBeen thanked: 6972 times
I think the fancy dress one was one of the best when they turned up as Batman and Robin at the funeral, then broke down and ended up running towards the muggers, that was brilliant.
And the blow up dolls in the van. Lol Amanda xx
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- July 21, 2021 at 7:38 pm #521001Stephanie BassPrincess - AnnualRegistered On: November 30, 2019Topics: 12Replies: 1967Has thanked: 23945 timesBeen thanked: 6498 times
Hi Grace what a wonderful topic as for staying hydrated lots of water from my tap as where we live out in the country there is no pumped in water ,, We have a well and its fantastic water our well is tapped into a underground river as within a few miles of me here the farmers have pivots to water there crops its like a huge sprinkler so my water comes from the tap at about 40 degrees cold so only sometimes in summer you need ice when you need a cold shower he he you get a cold shower ha ha ..
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- July 21, 2021 at 2:58 pm #520880Beth GreenLadyRegistered On: February 24, 2021Topics: 22Replies: 334Has thanked: 1347 timesBeen thanked: 1686 times
I buy a bottled water occasionally to replace the older bottle. It is good to refill your bottle from the tap but you should replace it regularly, at least monthly. Plastic bottles break down chemically and leach plastic particles and other chemicals into the contents. Small amounts but concerning.
Studies have shown that most people in modern societies have plastic particles ingested and distributed throughout the body. Even people in remote areas have plastic particles in tbem. It comes from drinking water polluted world wide with plastic.
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- July 21, 2021 at 11:55 am #520826Sarah Du HessisseLadyRegistered On: September 16, 2020Topics: 25Replies: 643Has thanked: 4234 timesBeen thanked: 2465 times
Good evening Grace I never drink just water, I do drink squash everyday and lots of Earl Grey.
I like to taste what I drink water has no taste.
- July 22, 2021 at 4:46 am #521152Baroness - AnnualRegistered On: November 17, 2018Topics: 166Replies: 2249Has thanked: 3567 timesBeen thanked: 10623 times
Sometimes the apparent lack of taste IS the taste. Really cold, very hard water from limestone springs or chalk aquifers is amazingly refreshing and bathes the tongue with its freshness. And it slakes one’s thirst exceedingly well.
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- July 21, 2021 at 11:38 am #520819Kelli MarloweLadyRegistered On: August 4, 2020Topics: 9Replies: 84Has thanked: 971 timesBeen thanked: 482 times
The well water at my home has to be treated due to arsenic and iron levels, can always taste the salt used in the process. Fortunately there is a great public spring that not many folks know about, only 4-5 miles away. its owner has it tested regularly, best tasting water around.i just go over twice a month with gallon jugs and stock up, although not much fun during a snowy Maine winter!
- July 21, 2021 at 12:54 pm #520841Beth GreenLadyRegistered On: February 24, 2021Topics: 22Replies: 334Has thanked: 1347 timesBeen thanked: 1686 times
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- July 21, 2021 at 12:59 pm #520844Beth GreenLadyRegistered On: February 24, 2021Topics: 22Replies: 334Has thanked: 1347 timesBeen thanked: 1686 times
There was a natural spring near where I grew up. Even before the bottle water craze there was always a line to fill jugs from the spring. Summer or winter you always had to wait your turn.
- July 21, 2021 at 11:09 am #520812Rachel WilliamsLadyRegistered On: November 3, 2019Topics: 3Replies: 122Has thanked: 282 timesBeen thanked: 393 times
I am just along the coast from you in Sussex and yes it is a challenging time in keeping hydrated.
We keep a filter jug of tap water in the fridge and we also have a soda stream to put a bit of a fizz into it but not all the time. Don’t know how things are where you are but I can regularly get a slight whiff of the chlorination process from the tap water hence the use of the filter jug.
- July 21, 2021 at 9:20 am #520769Bettylou CoxDuchessRegistered On: May 26, 2019Topics: 21Replies: 2330Has thanked: 4800 timesBeen thanked: 8690 times
And once again, I’m sorry the hot weather is causing you such discomfort. Old sand lizard that I am, the problem just doesn’t exist for me. However, a girl still needs to keep hydrated, and before my last retirement, I drank a quart of Gatorade with my lunch every day. Now, it’s tap water, iced tea for lunch, and a cold, non-alcoholic brew for supper (and a sip of Gatorade now and then).
- July 21, 2021 at 9:49 am #520781Baroness - AnnualRegistered On: February 16, 2021Topics: 102Replies: 2306Has thanked: 8247 timesBeen thanked: 12994 times
Hello Bettylou…I remember watching the Superbowl…when a couple of players used to empty the biggest tub of Gatorade over the coaches head when they won….that was a lot of Gatorade!!!!
Hope Ziggy’s on the iced tea….at least we can take out coats off!!!!
Huggs, grace 🐰
- July 21, 2021 at 9:05 am #520759ChloeCDuchessRegistered On: November 5, 2019Topics: 11Replies: 348Has thanked: 967 timesBeen thanked: 1538 times
So, I have now taken about 5 or so of those ‘longevity’ online tests where they ask all sorts of questions (not my phone or email, thank goodness) which include the usual (age/weight/etc) as well as lots of lifestyle type questions. Each one is a little different with a range of questions and as of now they all suggest I’ll live to at least 95.
However none of them ask if I stay hydrated (they do ask how much alcohol per week I drink), and I think that’s something that should have been addressed. They also DON’T ask how much cola beverages I drink per week (sugar free for me at least), and I think they should have asked that as there is definitely a growing concern about cola and esp. diet cola drinks and some latent maladies.
For me, I drink about 28-35 oz per day (which includes on average 6-8oz alcohol (beer), 12 oz cola, 6-8 oz mixed orange juice, 10 oz orange flavored water) which I suspect is on the low end, BUT!!! I’m also getting on in years and practically everything I do drink seems to be a ‘diuretic to the kidneys’. I’m able to control it to some extent but I was flying across country last week and I had an inflight cola (like 6 oz) mid-flight….BIG MISTAKE. The last 1/2 hour when we started our descent and even tho I asked politely, I was in dire straits.
Now about the water I take in, I use tap water for some and filtered fridge water/ice for others. I seldom drink bottled water often saving the few bottles and filling them with tap. I’m now thinking of going to sparkling water with flavors to replace some (but not all) of the cola.
- July 21, 2021 at 8:44 am #520756Wendy SwiftLadyRegistered On: May 11, 2020Topics: 6Replies: 551Has thanked: 479 timesBeen thanked: 2371 times
In my younger years I used to drink alot of pop, but barely any water. Pretty much anything sugary like slurpees, fruit juice, and of course pop.
As I’m older now, I can’t ingest that much sugary stuff anymore. So pretty much the only thing on the menu is water; besides the hospital wants me to drink at least 2L at day.
I’m ok with tap water, I’m not picky about whether it is bottle or tap.
Besides, drinking mostly tap water saves me a bundle on not buying stuff like juice, pop, … which means that money can be diverted to goodies for Wendy !
- July 21, 2021 at 1:18 pm #520856LadyRegistered On: February 24, 2021Topics: 22Replies: 334Has thanked: 1347 timesBeen thanked: 1686 times
Ah, the mid American use of the English language….. pop. Don’t worry hun, I’m right there with you. Pop, soda, cola, even the use of Coke to describe any sugary colored flavored drink. Americans are still rebels against English domination.
Don’t worry Grace, I’m actually an Anglophile. I know people who wrote in the Queen Elizabeth in the last election.
- July 21, 2021 at 6:52 am #520720LadyRegistered On: January 31, 2021Topics: 71Replies: 888Has thanked: 888 timesBeen thanked: 4421 times
Strangely having lived just outside London and therefore being on mains water in a highly populated area supplied by a large water utility the quality of my water was better than it is now. Not that the supply I have is poor. Living in the highlands of Scotland the furthest point of my water catchment is on the hills one mile from my house. There is no industry or even intensive farming before the water is extracted from the burn, treated and then flows down the pipe to my house. On most measures the big utility company probably meets a higher standard than our small treatment plant but the water here is softer and perfect for both distilling the best whisky in the world and for adding to the whisky for those who enjoy a little drop in their dram.
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Soft water? Great if you can get it. Round here its pretty hard. Next time I have a dram I will try rainwater! The purest form of natural water a girl can get. Especially if it comes down in icy chunks.
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- July 21, 2021 at 6:40 am #520717patty williamsLadyRegistered On: January 19, 2019Topics: 80Replies: 1504Has thanked: 2424 timesBeen thanked: 5554 times
Hi Grace I drink quite a bit of water as I gave up sodas and sweet drinks.
I like drinking tap water as much as possible due to all the plastic bottles being pollution.
However that bottles are conveinient.
I do have a reverse osmosis filter for drinking water just to be on the safe side .
Thanks for thinking of us .
- July 21, 2021 at 6:21 am #520704Stephanie KennedyPrincessRegistered On: March 15, 2019Topics: 17Replies: 1006Has thanked: 6862 timesBeen thanked: 4205 times
Hi Grace I buy bottled water for convenience I do insist the grandchildren drink at least as you said Liter and half or 48OZ of water per day and that does apply to adults also. Most drinking water that comes from the tap is very safe. Bottled water is just too convenient too carry.The boys refill their empty bottles with tap water and they are off and running again. There is no question that bottled water industry makes a tremendous amount of profit and why not? They are entitled to profit as well as any other company and we certainly do not want to go down the road of government dictating profit of everything in a free enterprise system. Its is the convenience factor that has made the industry so large. Just the other day I was reminding one of the children do not forget to bring water when they were going to be out and about on their bicycle rides. He said too me do you know there has been no new water on earth since the beginning of time? Of course i said everyone knows that.[ I did not know that] !!!!!!! It is scary what we have done to our water supply .The other issue is what is the bottled water industry going to do with all these empty bottles?!!!!. They were suppose to start a recycle plan when their banned in several US towns but that just went by the wayside when everyone stopped paying attention. Grace you always seem to get my brain started in the morning. Great topic Try to stay dry while presenting the cute a pretty side of you we all enjoy.
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Ever heard of the Water Cycle. No, its not a water powered bike (sorry, couldn’t resist.) Earths water is continually recycled. Just think! Once upon a time dinosaurs were drinking what you just did.
If only we could endlessly recycle all the plastic bottles – we wouldn’t have to make any new ones.
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Well I am not surprised at all drinking recycled yuk.
- July 21, 2021 at 8:31 am #520752Stephanie KennedyPrincessRegistered On: March 15, 2019Topics: 17Replies: 1006Has thanked: 6862 timesBeen thanked: 4205 times
Steph They can recycle them but they won’t. The cost of recycling them is much more than making new one’s from raw material. I hate to say this but it just time for our governments to step in and making mandatory that a small percentage of bottles being produced have to be made of recycled bottles. I see no other solution. The bottled water industry is huge and do have the money to send lobbyist to Washington and London to per swede those in power NOT create any new laws to enforce recycling. Like so many issues that are near and dear to our hearts like TG/CD issues we have to get involved even if its from our home computer while we are feeling cute and pretty. Sorry for rambling Grace got my brain started. I thought the same thing about dinosaurs ewwww
- July 21, 2021 at 7:07 pm #520990Bridgette VonSmirffLadyRegistered On: October 18, 2020Topics: 36Replies: 1205Has thanked: 16246 timesBeen thanked: 4495 times
I also agree. While they’re at it, why not mandate glass bottles vice plastic? They’re not just recyclable, they’re reusable! It didn’t kill us all to reuse glass soda bottles when we were little, why not glass water bottles now?
As to drinking water, o drink on average somewhere close to 60 ounces of water after work each day or on weekends. I do need to lay off the 2-3 sugar free Monsters at work though…
- July 22, 2021 at 12:01 am #521080Baroness - AnnualRegistered On: February 16, 2021Topics: 102Replies: 2306Has thanked: 8247 timesBeen thanked: 12994 times
Dear Grace…..hello my precious!!!!
As we talk about recycling and the dreaded PLASTIC………..both my one litre bottles of ready to drink squash in my fridge are glass….they are actually Jack Daniels bottles!!!
Not only have I recycled….but the glass keeps the juice so much colder than plastic…..
So drinking Jack Daniels really does help save the planet!!!!!
( this argument could be flawed!!!!, but I’m sticking to it……)
….just realised, I am talking to myself again!!!
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- July 21, 2021 at 5:52 am #520697Bianca EverdeneLadyRegistered On: April 11, 2017Topics: 26Replies: 837Has thanked: 3419 timesBeen thanked: 3477 times
If I’m out for any length of time I simply fill my water bottle from the tap. Just back from a staycation and always took waterbottles for me and the kids when going to the beach etc. Takes seconds to do.
The water from the tap is top quality. Maybe it’s the frugal Scot in me, but why would I pay for something I can get for free!!! Like buying air!!! In the past I did occasionally buy bottled water and never really noticed the difference.
It’s also the best for the environment. I know the plastic bottles you buy water in are recycleable but surely better just to use one and not need to recycle in the first place. And the number of these recycleable water bottles I see in general rubbish bins when I’m out saddens me.
Work 12 hour shifts. A lot of the girls I work with have reusable water bottles which they top up from the tap. Keeping hydrated is so important for our bodies. And pure and simple water is the best to drink lots of. Good for the complexion as well, helps filter all the bad s*@t out our bodies.
I do enjoy other liquids as well🥃🍸🍺🍾but (unlike water) overindulging can have unwanted consequences🤢. A hangover is a sign our bodies are not happy🥴
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Bianca . I too fill a bottle from the tap if I’m going out. For trips to the hills I often take only a small bottle as I’m more than happy to refill from springs and streams once I’m up reasonably high and it saves weight. Places I’ve been to regularly I usually know where water will be available coming to the surface.
“She who must be obeyed” and I were Scrambling on Stuc a Chroin when we came across a couple of girls in difficulty. Not only were they feeling stressed by the climb but they had run out of water on a hot day so I offered them some of mine. They drank and thanked us but expressed concern we might run out. “She who must be obeyed” quickly told them that it was no problem as I would just refill from a burn. Seeing their dismay she reassured them that the bottle was currently filled from the hotel tap. They joined us for the rest of the route until we caught up at the top with the lads who had abandoned them on the Climb.
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- July 21, 2021 at 9:08 am #520761Bianca EverdeneLadyRegistered On: April 11, 2017Topics: 26Replies: 837Has thanked: 3419 timesBeen thanked: 3477 times
If walking in the hills I fill from the streams high up too, and pop in a water purifying tablet. The kids have to do it on DofE expeditions, so I picked up the habit. Tastes a bit chemically but at least I know it kills any bad bacteria lurking from dead stuff upstream.
Well done rescuing the girls, bet they were glad you came along. Lots of people underestimate the remoteness of the Scottish highlands. Remember I read somewhere about a post from disgruntled tourists disappointed there were no ‘facilities’ at the top of Ben Nevis like they have on Snowdon🤣
- July 21, 2021 at 3:59 am #520671Baroness - AnnualRegistered On: November 17, 2018Topics: 166Replies: 2249Has thanked: 3567 timesBeen thanked: 10623 times
Oh dear …. this is a complicated issue. And it is difficult to summarise the tap vs bottled argument, so I won’t try, I have no desire to start “water wars”, but as I was, once-upon-a-time, a water analyst I will make a few points.
Yes, of course you should stay hydrated to ease the stress on your internal organs and keep your blood-pressure down, support brain function, reduce fatigue and help eliminate toxins.
Water is fundamental to good health and so should be as safe to drink as possible.
Back in the ’70’s I was a microbiologist, then an analytical chemist for the local water company and tested/analysed hundreds of water sources. Here in Hertfordshire the water is “hard” – it mostly comes from underground chalk aquifers, drawn up by pumping from deep underground. It is both crystal clear and drinkable, having been filtered through the chalk over a long period of time. It was treated with a very small dose of chlorine (2 ppm), and the chlorine removed with sulphur dioxide, to ensure it was safe to drink, and each source was tested weekly, both to ensure its bacterial purity and chemical integrity, and to ensure contaminants were not getting in to the aquifers.
Essentially it was natural spring water … of the kind that millions of us waste our money on by buying bottled “spring” water.
But these days a lot of the local drinking water is imported from Graffam water (source river Ouse?) and has to be thoroughly treated to ensure its safe. Unfortunately it sometimes has a taste caused by the chlorine reacting with organic compounds (as it is river water) to produce chloramine.
Times have changed – I left that profession back in the ’80’s. Both treatments and possible contaminants are handled differently these days, and I have no knowledge of modern treatments etc.
The one thing I can say is that tap water is safe to drink and is rigorously tested to ensure it remains potable. I wonder how many bottled waters are so thoroughly tested? And most of them come from the same source as the tap water they are local to.
Chemically speaking there is little or no difference between tap and bottled water except where there are regional differences with the underlying geology. Hence “hard” from limestone/chalk sources and “soft” from volcanic/igneous sources.
The whole bottled water industry, at least in the UK is a huge and total scam, which people were mislead into believing that bottled water is better than tap water. It isn’t. Oh…. yes it is of course … the price! Tap water costs 0.1p per litre. Bottled water costs an average of 65p a litre. Some mark up!
No wonder Del-boy tried to cash in! (it throws light on what a scam bottled water is.)
In the UK it is recommended that one should drink between 1.2 and 1.5 litres per day, probably more during hot weather to replace water lost through perspiration.
So we drink tap water and tolerate the sometimes slightly “medicinal” flavour – which proves to us it is safe to drink. But we also do drink carbonated bottled water, with ice and a slice of lemon as a replacement for a gin & tonic! on those alcohol free days.
I have also used Volvic bottled water in the past, because its chemical analysis (from a volcanic source) closely matched the recipe for the type of Belgian beer I was brewing at the time. For UK beers tap water will do.
I have drunk fabulous spring water in the Italian dolomites, super cold and bitingly fresh. From a spring? No, from a huge pipe with a tap on it half way up a mountain. Tap water – probably bottled in the valley! Peckamo spring?
There is one thing that neither tap nor bottled water should be used for. And that is for your carnivorous plant collection. It will eventually kill them. They only drink rainwater.
So girls, fritter away your hard-earned on fabulously overpriced bottled water if you so desire. Me? I would rather spend it on lingerie.
Off to get another glass of
Peckham Spring… tap water………….luvvly jubbly!
Steph xx 🍑🍑 (unripe plums)
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I’m with you on this one Steph. I’m totally befuddled why tap water in the UK is considered inferior to the extent that people will pay good money for and then discard millions of debatably recyclable plastic bottles which find their way into the environment. As WC Fields might have said, “If you can fool some of the people some of the time, well that’s enough to make a good profit”.
Why not try the water test, girls? Have a blindfolded tasting – your favourite bottled water, your supermarket’s generic bottled water, and tap water. See how you get on.
- July 21, 2021 at 4:53 am #520684LadyRegistered On: January 31, 2021Topics: 71Replies: 888Has thanked: 888 timesBeen thanked: 4421 times
I am totally with you on the quality of tap water also having worked in the water industry. My Grand daughter once gave up drinking tap water as a child because her school teacher told the class that the water was extracted from the river Thames and could have been though up to seven other people before it came from the tap. Fortunately I was in a position to explain how rain passed through the chalk in the Chilterns and was pumped up from deep underground tested and treated before being pumped to her tap. She even had a short trip to the local pumping station to illustrate her teachers error.
The standards laid down for drinking water are extremely complex and whilst routine testing covers a few indicators water companies test for a huge range of potential trace chemicals and pollutants. The complexity of water regulation has even caught out huge multinationals trying to sell water. For a while Coca Cola marketed a bottled water called Dasani in the uk before it was withdrawn because it was found to have higher Bromate levels than allowable in potable water. It’s believed that the bromate was introduced during the process of adding minerals to the tap water in order to market it as a mineral water. Talk about shades of Del Boy.
My top tip for tasty chilled water. Slice Lemons or limes and freeze them. The slices can be used straight from the freezer to both cool and slightly flavour your cold water. So much cheaper that buying bottled water and probably more heathy.
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Dasani is the bottled water product sold here in the US by Coca Cola. As others have said, their business was looking for a profit market to enter. Hadn’t heard of the Bromate item you describe. Thanks for sharing.
- July 21, 2021 at 9:23 am #520770LadyRegistered On: January 31, 2021Topics: 71Replies: 888Has thanked: 888 timesBeen thanked: 4421 times
I would imagine the plant is different and that Bromate isn’t a problem there. The problem in UK however was that once it had gone through the media the brand name was effectively trashed and it was sensible to pack up and start again.
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In Hertfordshire several deep-well pumping stations have had to cease production because of a large (and spreading) Bromate plume in the ground-water emanating from a long demolished local chemical factory. A housing estate was built on the site and the occupiers were advised not to grow vegetables in their gardens!
Great tip about Lemons! We buy loads, and I’m fed up with having to throw away mouldy ones.
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Sure is. They have drilled test boreholes in the site of the old Hatfield Aerodrome (formerly the De Havilland airfield – I used to watch Victor bombers and the Comet take off from there from the 3rd floor of the school I attended back then.)
The plume has spread under Hatfield and possibly WGC and towards Essendon, and down the Lee valley towards London …..
Bad news for the chalk boreholes in the area.
- July 21, 2021 at 3:06 am #520660Val’sheril StarsongLadyRegistered On: March 3, 2019Topics: 7Replies: 348Has thanked: 208 timesBeen thanked: 696 times
Frugal yet (hopefully) wise girl I am, I buy in bulk, namely the 5 gallons of purified water (in my own bottle of course) from the local grocery. I can probably get purer and cheaper but I do have to account for gas and time spent getting it, and since I can literally walk to the grocery… well, you do the math(s). 😛
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Have you ever asked your local grocery where they get their water from? Do they buy it in bulk and store it in large tanks? Is it tested regularly? Isn’t it quicker (and cheaper) to walk to your own tap?
Sorry for sounding negative. I am assuming you are on mains water. Of course if you are not then that is a different ball-game.
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Yes it’s absolutely important Grace sweetie to keep hydrated during this hot weather. I drink both mains, and bottle water, but remember my beauties if your water taps are connected to a storage tank rather than the mains you shouldn’t really drink it. Oh and just a small point maybe a small dish of water for wildlife and the birds please. Lol Amanda xx
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Apologies accepted Stephanie, I must admit I had to lay down for a while, it was a complete shock to be reminded. I had to have a couple of vodkas to recover from the flash backs and panic attacks.
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Just curious. Does the process affect the taste or mouth-feel at all?
I know that distilled water is alleged to taste “flat.” Tap water contains dissolved oxygen because it is pressurised slightly either by pumping or by gravity-flow, which is released when it is depressurised at the tap and does add some “zing” to the taste.
Hugs Steph xx
- July 21, 2021 at 5:38 pm #520964Regi KellyPrincessRegistered On: October 9, 2020Topics: 37Replies: 1193Has thanked: 13692 timesBeen thanked: 5394 times
It does change the taste somewhat Stephanie, in that it tastes cleaner, no chemical of any kind, and thankfully, to Beth’s point, a single dwelling system isnt aggressive enough(I hope) to cause the damage she points out.
I have had no issues so far, anyway, and I have had my system about 10-12 yrs.
- July 21, 2021 at 2:32 pm #520879LadyRegistered On: February 24, 2021Topics: 22Replies: 334Has thanked: 1347 timesBeen thanked: 1686 times
Having worked in the reverse osmosis business several years ago I can say that the water is equally as “flat” as distilled depending on adjusted pH.
An interesting quirk of RO is it’s agressive nature. RO machines are built using PVC, stainless steel and other plastcs in the plumbing. Over time the agressive nature of RO will degrade plumbing connections in the plastic sections attacking the adhesive and even neoprene o-rings. But most surprising is that RO attacks, pits, degrades and even “rusts” stainless steel. It takes time and a high volume of water treated to cause the problem but it does occur. We occasionally got older units returned to us for repair of pinhole leaks or failing plumbing.
RO water is extremely clean, depending on the type of system and the amount of pre and post treatment it can be up to 99.98% pure. But I was always concerned about it’s aggressivity when consumed. At the plant we never drank water from the machines but only from the drinking fountains, although that water was RO filtered also.
I don’t know if these problems still exist today but RO is the best way to remove contaminates, desalinate and purify water
- July 21, 2021 at 1:04 am #520645Stephanie RobertsPrincessRegistered On: May 20, 2020Topics: 9Replies: 735Has thanked: 6372 timesBeen thanked: 2692 times
Great post Grace!
In Australia we have a brand of carbonated mineral water called Mount Franklin. This can be bought in cans, bottles, or large casks.
I drink this all the time. I ditched all soft drinks a few years ago for health reasons.
Stay cool everyone!!! 😅
Love and hugs, Stephanie 💖
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