Baiyun wrote: ↑Sat May 27, 2023 7:51 pm
Even when one can't always get water from the centre of a clear mountain stream and wishes for the finest, I could never justify the supply chain logistics and volume of trash produced when buying bottled water or water containers in a location where single or double filtering tap water is acceptable.
I appreciate some in the US, and other poorly regulated countries, have tap water health concerns, going up in flames and whatnot, so this is obviously a line to draw where other arrangements become necessary.
Whilst I have experimented with a lot of premium bottled spring waters and once thought I'd reserve that for my most expensive and sensitive teas, and messed around a bit with charcoal stored water, my water for all teas now is just straight double filtered tap water. I found that taste adapts to the water one is used to anyway and it is a lot less decadent of an operation.
I think there’s been quite enough preaching about bottled water already, blaming consumers instead of multinational corporations that are responsible for the lion’s share of negative environmental impacts. Wear a hair shirt if you’d like, but don’t expect the rest of us to wear them with you.
US water is terrible and Texas has long been considered as having the worst in the nation. From the Houston Chronicle:
“Texas has the most contaminated water in the country, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
“This finding was included in a report claiming more than 170 million Americans in all 50 states have been exposed to radioactive elements in their water. The report includes analysis EWG claims it conducted of public water systems in the U.S. from 2010 to 2015.
“‘EWG's Tap Water Database compiles results of water quality tests for almost 50,000 utilities nationwide,’ EWG added on its website. ‘EWG also mapped the nationwide occurrence of radium, the most common radioactive element found in tap water. From 2010 to 2015, more than 22,000 utilities serving over 170 million people in all 50 states reported the presence of radium in their water.’
“EWG's report claims that Texas has the most widespread contamination affecting more than 3,500 utilities serving 22 million people. The contamination included detectable levels of radium-226 and radium-228.”
https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texa ... 490763.php
The water is generally safe to drink in Austin but it smells like chloramine and sometimes smells like fish food. Boil water notices are frequent here because of flooding, broken pipes, construction, and mismanagement.