Originally Posted by wwsmith111
Shoot Camper_bob, I think many people now days drink bottled water at home where the water quality is as good as most bottled water. I drank from the faucet for many years until my new wife moved in 12 years ago. Now all off a sudden we drink from a Brita water pitcher. We use the same in the RV. I can't tell the difference...
Originally Posted by nbhybrid
the funny thing is people bet that bottled water is the cleanest yet they are the least regulated. Bottled water facilities have been located near waste facilities and are rarely tested yet Municipal water plants which supply most campgrounds have to do water tests daily.
tap water is far safer to drink
I have few problems with the quality at home, it's primarily the taste, and it is most certainly noticeable, you cannot miss it. We have lived in areas where the municipal water supply is claimed to be safe, but I wouldn't drink it if you paid me. Also, the municipal water supply in the city near where I live was procured from a river, just downstream from at least one steel mill, and at least one sewage treatment facility. There is what I would consider a high incidence of various bladder cancers and Parkinson's cases in this community, and the city water looks, tastes and smells terrible. You would notice the bad taste, and you would not want to drink it. Luckily where I live outside the city, we're on ground water, and we get mailed a report quarterly on test results. So it's a bit better than the city, but only just.
If the water that comes from some of the taps at our state parks is "tested" then they need a new test. I've seen it so bad, you wouldn't want to wash your dog in it.
Contrast that with the bottle I buy for $1 when we go on trips, it is charcoal filtered and RO treated water, and has no flavor. The water from my fridge that we use exclusively for drinking is filtered and has no flavor. We use a Culligan RO system at work, so no flavor (and that's the city water I was talking about).
Bottom line, I don't think the statement "tap water is far safer to drink" is in any way accurate in most of the places I've lived. And anyone with at least one taste bud can easily taste the difference between tap and filtered around here. Growing up, my tap water was pretty good, but since I left the house I grew up in, my current residence is the closest I've come to having "drinkable" water direct from the faucet.
So I will gladly pay the $1 to fill my jug, or bring my own filtered water from home to avoid drinking water from anywhere else. If for no other reason than it keeps the bacteria in my gut in good shape, which keeps me off the toilet and enjoying my trip!