Drink From the Hose and Live a Long Life

Bottled Water; Spring Water; Mineral Water; “Smart” Water; Vitamin Water.

What ever happened to drinking from the hose?  drinking-from-garden-hoseDid our public water sources get polluted?  Did our public utilities stop cleaning the water as well as they did in the past?  Or did we get brain-washed by Nestle Pure Life, and Aquafina?

People today are living longer than ever.  These are the same people who grew up drinking from the tap, the water fountain, and yes, the hose.  I for one, still drink from adult drinking from hosethe hose when working in the yard.

I pay a little over $2.00 per 1000 gallons for water delivered to my house.  Yes, I do have a filter on the fridge and for the dish washer to keep the glasses spot-free, so don’t bring that up; the fridge water and ice maker won’t work without it anyway.

My utility company publishes a water quality report every year, and I can guarantee our water today is cleaner than it was when I was a kid drinking from the hose in the yard.

Let’s do some math.  Let’s say I pay $2.50 per 1000 gallons (I actually pay less), and let’s factor in the sewage charge at the same rate.  So I pay $5.00 per 1000 gallons.  My sewage is based on winter months, so I am pretty much capped around $30 per month for the waste, but let’s keep the $5.00/1000 number for the calculations.  In case you are wondering, I have a pool and irrigation.

Back to the math:

One bottle of water is 20 ounces.  There are 128 ounces in a gallon.  So let’s just say there are roughly 6 ½ bottles to a gallon.  Let’s assume you buy the cheap stuff in bulk at the store and get 24 bottles for $3.00.  That comes to “just” 12 ½ cents per bottle.  Now let’s assume you drink four bottles per day.  That’s only 80 ounces, and comes in at just 50 cents per day.  Remember, you aren’t buying at the convenience store at $1.20 per bottle for the cheap stuff, but if you do you are spending $4.80 per day.

Water drop with dollar symbolSo, drinking just four bottles per day bought in bulk, you are spending $15 per month.  That comes to $180 per year.  At the convenience store you pay an astounding $1880 per year.

Now let’s put that in “tap” terms.  80 oz. per day times 365 days is about 29000 oz.  That comes to 228 gallons.  I pay $.005 per gallon including sewage (1/2 of a penny).  So if I drink from the tap I pay about $1.15 over the course of a year.  That’s just for one person.  Since I have five in my family the comparison is huge; especially when it comes to home vs. convenience store.

So do you think you have been brain washed into drinking bottled water?  Don’t say it.  You are thinking, “What about the chemicals and drugs flushed down the drain that make it back to me”?  My response to you is, “Where do you think the bottling companies get their water?”

What Others Say

20/20″ took five bottles of national brands of bottled water and a sample of tap water from a drinking fountain in the middle of New York City and sent them to microbiologist Aaron Margolin of the University of New Hampshire to test for bacteria that can make you sick, like e. coli.

“There was actually no difference between the New York City tap water and the bottled waters that we evaluated,” he said.  http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Health/story?id=728070&page=1

Put a micro-filter under your sink if you are worried and add that to your “tap” number; still well below the bulk number and very much under the gas-station number.  Then you can’t even bring up the “taste” argument.  By the way, water is odorless and tasteless.  A good filter will give that to you, or depending on your perspective, take it away.

We can talk about the bottles later this week.smart water on beach

My advice – Drink from the hose and live a long life.  Feel free to quote me on that.

To be objective I offer these links.  However, you should ask yourself, “Where does the water in my bottle come from?”

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/drugs-in-our-drinking-water

http://consumerist.com/2009/07/12/is-bottled-water-safer-than-tap-water-please

http://www.cleanwateraction.org/programinitiative/fighting-drugs-drinking-water

http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/ocean-garbage-patch/

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Health/story?id=728070&page=1

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1 Comment

  • Uncle Ralph says:

    You have but scratched the surface of us Americans being talked into buying things that we don’t need. Like bottled water, we have been convinced that we MUST have a bath everyday, neck ties, clean shaven faces, etc by the very people who stand to make money off our invented obsession. Imagine that.