Originally Posted by Kagey
I think it's crazy that people with access to perfectly drinkable tap water buy bottled water. But then I also don't understand how we're still using drinkable water to flush our toilets while lots of places have no access to safe drinking water.
When I lived in India, in spite of being well off, we had to haul water up - it was a family union of sorts, bcoz if we missed it, hell no water for the next 2 days!!! Corrupt politicians there did (& still do) everything possible to make sure that neither storage lakes were built or down any projects with desalination that were brought up (we are right off the Bay of Bengal). So my sis used to catch the water with a "bucket" / pail from water trucks. I'll grab 2 at a time and take it up 2 stairs, my dad will take it from there till the washroom / kitchen & my mom will fill up the 200 litre giant storage vessels we had - we owned abt 6 at one time...Maids refused to do this as it was too much to handle & their health was getting affected and I could see their point. This particular stretch was bad as we had no monsoon rains for a 5-8 yr period. This was when I would call our status as upper middle class - as for anyone lower on the tier, it's even worse, so you can imagine...Now I'm hearing the ground water level is back to normal after a few gd yrs of monsoon rains (& floods), so it's kind of okay. Oh to add - weather yr round is easily 35deg celcius with 90% or more humidity, summers were 45+; so imagine living in that along with terrible pollution...Also, we bought 3 different types of water - one for drinking, one for everything else (hauled up) up & the 3rd only for flushing the washrooms (don't ask me how gd or bad it was, never sampled it ) - I highlight the "we bought it" because of corruption, if you don't pay, you will be w/o water - this was run by the corporation of the state government or as we used to call it corruption of the state govt...It should actually be readily available to people with a surcharge for distribution costs (which can & should be part of taxes).
So living now in Canada and seeing my niece or nephew open the tap and keep them running - I can't help it, I go and shut it down! & yes, I stand with what I said before, bottling water is a crime, I don't know when people all over will wake up & protest against this (& no I'm not one of the liberal tree hugging people - I'm prob little left of center in most views)...Bottling removes a valuable commodity required for earth's sustenance.
The PET bottles used all over the world are made with polyethylene terephthalate - can & does cause a myriad of disorders - most of which will be suppressed by the industry giants. It simply leaches into the water you drink - while the amount leached is minimal, add it up over the yrs and it becomes significant.
Anyways, typing this has caused my energy levels to drop - so let me refresh myself not with the crappy vitamin water or the mineral water - just plain tap water will do for me.
People planning to visit India - a helping point if you can call that - my sis was a microbiologist, her graduation project was quality testing of bottled water & guess what - every major brand FAILED the tests (just so u know - she's gold medalist in immunology)...My suggestion if you plan to visit - ask the hotel / restaurant to boil water & pay for it when you visit, India is a great place to visit, but watch out for water related issues (unless you live in one of the better hotels 4*'s or higher)...