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Bottled Water = Politically Incorrect

Posted Monday, October 22, 2007, at 12:20 PM

I've always theorized that if one wants to predict the future of our country in 20 years, just check out present day California. The "Left" Coast, as it is often called by those of us not as "liberalized" as our California brethern, as always been the trend setter for the rest of the U.S. Now, San Francisco has decided that bottled water is an enemy of the Green Movement, and as such, not environmentally friendly. Well, at least the restaurants have decided to quit offering it on their menus. The reason being, that San Francisco municipal drinking water can be delivered without the CO2 emissions of bottled water delivery vehicles. Good old tap water costs pennies per gallon, can be filtered at the point of use, and probably tastes just as good as Evian or Perrier. So, for once, I can see the wisdom in California's ways.

Now northern Georgia, that's a different story. Due to the worst draught in those parts in recent history, tap water may be a luxury north Georgians (Hotlantians included) will sorely miss. Hopefully the rainfall drenching the south as I write this will start to replenish those reservoirs that are drying up. But if not, in the meantime the south can start importing water from those sources that used to supply California restaurants. I used to sell Culligan brand water filters that would remove iron from water, but even they couldn't soften the irony in that.

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I'm with the Fran Sansiscans on this one, though maybe not for the same reasons.

I would think that this is something we can all agree on... Even if you don't care about the environmental impact of making jillions of plastic bottles to hold what you can get free any time from a faucet, surely one can agree that it's loony to pay top dollar for 16 ounces of something one can get free any time from a faucet.

-- Posted by kenteutsch on Mon, Oct 22, 2007, at 3:16 PM

While it is true that plastic water bottles cannot be recycled and therefore are a source of polution, the decision by the city of San Francisco to stop purchasing bottled water for its employess has more to do with saving taxpayers money than the environment. Los Angleles passed a similar measure a couple of years ago. Both cities were spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on bottled water for its employees at the same time its public utilities departments were providing equally good or better tap water. There is nothing "kooky" about this decision only common sense and fiscal responsibility.

-- Posted by DPB67 on Mon, Oct 22, 2007, at 3:25 PM

re: Do to the worst draught in those parts in recent history, tap water may be a luxury north Georgians (Hotlantians included) will sorely miss. DO? Don't you mean DUE? Must be a graduate of Dyer County schools.

-- Posted by outta*here on Sun, Oct 28, 2007, at 1:26 PM

Can you blog something someone in this county will care about reading? Like the fact that THE BOSS HOSS festival is leaving Dyer county? Another great loss to our city.

-- Posted by you have to know it on Sun, Oct 28, 2007, at 4:04 PM

Thank you for your kind remarks on my typo, I have since changed "do" to "due" in the text above and I wish I could claim Dyer county as my alma mater, but I went to school in Memphis, so maybe that explains it.

As far as the BOSS HOSS festival, you certainly have my permission to write as much as your little heart desires, and I'm sure your comments will be much more avidly consumed by Dyer countians than the environmental rubbish that interests me! *S*

.....and thanks to you both for reading and responding

-- Posted by kennethjones on Fri, Nov 2, 2007, at 11:52 AM

This from the Earth Policy Institute: "The global consumption of bottled water reached 154 billion liters (41 billion gallons) in 2004, up 57 percent from the 98 billion liters consumed five years earlier. Even in areas where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is increasingâ*¿½*¿½producing unnecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy. Although in the industrial world bottled water is often no healthier than tap water, it can cost up to 10,000 times more. At as much as $2.50 per liter ($10 per gallon), bottled water costs more than gasoline". I am with Ken on this one, and I am sure that most of you are aware that Evian is Naive spelled backward. According to Webster's definition: (deficient in worldly wisdom or informed judgment).

-- Posted by neildoolin on Sun, Nov 4, 2007, at 5:03 AM

Selling bottled water to Dyer Countians is like selling the proverbial refrigerator to the proverbial Eskimo......... My maternal grandparents in the Bruceville community had a well with a long stovepipe looking thing on the end of a rope hanging from a pulley that you drew water with. ...They had the best, sweetest,,, clearest, purest water.......... My paternal grandparents lived in the bottoms at Richwoods and they had a pump... sometimes you would have to prime the pump...... The water in the bottoms had a lot of iron in it. I would have to pump a 55 gallon drum full of water and my grandmother would put lime in it and the iron would all settle to the bottom of the barrell..... then she would put the water in her washpot (iron kettle), build a fire under it, and boil diapers and sheets, and then scrub them with lye soap on a washboard...........

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Mon, Nov 5, 2007, at 7:01 AM

No on is addressing the way water from the tap taste and smell. There are millions of people drinking bottled water and it's not because it's trendy!

-- Posted by franceshckmn on Thu, Nov 8, 2007, at 9:59 AM

People in Dyer County drinking bottled water have more cents than they do sense........... nuf said.............

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Thu, Nov 8, 2007, at 10:50 PM

Dyersburg is fortunate to have pretty good water, and the taste and smell are more than likely the traces of chlorine necessary for sanitation. A simple, cheap carbon filter on your drinking water faucet will remove the chlorine and other potential organic contaminants and improve the taste. That's how the water bottlers do it, carbon filtration.

-- Posted by kennethjones on Tue, Nov 13, 2007, at 4:30 PM


-- Posted by SILENTMAJORITY on Sat, Nov 17, 2007, at 10:37 PM

I drink brown ale................. The water in Europe used to be so bad...... disease carrying and all...... that the Europeans just mostly drank beer...... don't laugh..... it's true.........

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Sun, Nov 18, 2007, at 10:37 AM

So, where can you turn on a faucet and get FREE water? Can I just mark that portion off my city bill?

-- Posted by cadizpub on Tue, Dec 4, 2007, at 11:13 AM

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