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Posted by: Karma, Saturday, November 24, 2012, 11:34pm

What kind of water do you use? So many choices!
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, November 25, 2012, 7:07am; Reply: 1
Posted by: RedLilac, Sunday, November 25, 2012, 2:06pm; Reply: 2
I use this water from the Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin.
Posted by: BHealthy, Sunday, November 25, 2012, 8:05pm; Reply: 3
After researching the mineral content of every locally available mineral and spring water, and finding them all to be either deficient or badly balanced (way too much calcium, lead, arsenic and other heavy metals, and not enough magnesium), I bought a reverse osmosis (RO) filter.  

I have read reports that they have found traces of both fluoride and pharmaceuticals in spring water, leaching in from contaminated ground water.  RO is the only filtration process that will remove fluoride and all pharmaceuticals.

Ours is a 'portable' filter attached to the faucet in our mudroom as we didn't want to install one permanently under the kitchen sink and wanted to store more than the typical 4-8 gallons.  I have 24 BPA-free containers stored in our basement and I can fill them without impacting whatever I'm doing in the kitchen sink.  I date them when I fill them so we use the oldest first.

We use this water for everything except washing -- soaking, cooking, making coffee and tea, boiling eggs, ice, drinking -- anything in which the water might penetrate the food.  Because it's 'free' I use as much as I need.

For drinking we sometimes add carbonation using an ISI selzer maker.

When DH wants flavored water, he can add any of about 30 organic gluten-free alcohol-free flavoring drops.

After using this system for several months I surreptitiously added some ionic minerals to the water and got a violent negative reaction from DH: he HATED the taste whether the water was used straight up, as seltzer, flavored, or to make coffee!  This surprised me since he loves Pellegrino, Perrier and other bottled mineral waters.

My in-laws, who were visiting at the time, couldn't tell the difference, but they hadn't been drinking the 'ultra pure' water that DH had become accustomed to.  

I acquiesced and stopped adding the minerals.  The next morning, when my MIL made a cup of coffee she exclaimed, "Now THAT's a good cup of coffee!"  The only difference was that the water didn't have minerals in it.  

There is controversy over whether de-mineralized water is healthy.  Some say it leaches minerals from your body.  Personally, I'd rather avoid fluoride and pharmaceuticals and add minerals elsewhere.  We use only Himalayan crystal salt which has minerals in it.  I tried adding a pinch to DH's water but he didn't like that taste either.

The ONLY problem I have with our system are the BPA-free plastic bottles.  If I could find a glass bottle that was easy to pour from (canning jars are not, I've tried them) I would switch. I don't trust plastic of any kind and since water is the universal dissolver I know that whatever is in those bottles is leaching into our water, BPA-free or not.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, November 26, 2012, 4:55pm; Reply: 4
I've read that most bottled water is no better than tap water, plus bottled water may have chemicals leached in from the bottles themselves. My tap water is pretty safe, except for the added chlorine. So I use a Brita filter, which gets out the chlorine taste. I don't think it really makes the water any healthier, but it does make it taste better so we drink more.

I used to use filtered water for most kitchen applications, such as making soup, making rice, heating for tea, etc. But I stopped doing that during the 9-day power outage when I was using my Mom's kitchen and couldn't be bothered schlepping the filter pitcher up and down the stairs. None of us could taste the difference, and since I don't think the Brita filter makes the water significantly healthier, I've stopped.

I store water in glass jars in my fridge. I have 2 bottles that used to contain red wine (the cheap kind, with screw-on caps) and one that used to contain vodka (that is now labeled "not vodka", 0% alcohol, 0 proof. Hannah had  fun with that.) These bottles are very easy to pour from. The wine bottles are 750 ml and the vodka bottle is a full liter. We drank the wine ourselves but the vodka bottle was taken from shul, where the whole community took a few weeks to finish it. You could probably ask on Freecycle for empty glass beverage containers.

When I carry water with me, I use a 16 oz glass bottle that originally contained iced tea. It fits nicely in my vehicle's cup holder and in a pocket of my purse. I also have a large stainless-steel water bottle for each family member. In the summer we take those with us to the beach, etc. I carry it in my car to refill my smaller glass bottle in warmer months. Hannah uses hers for school all year long. I also use it when I take walks around the neighborhood, and if I'm going to a government building where glass bottles aren't allowed.

It's very, very rare that I'll use plastic single-use water bottles.
Posted by: BHealthy, Monday, November 26, 2012, 6:02pm; Reply: 5
Quoted from ruthiegirl
I store water in ... bottles that used to contain ... vodka (that is now labeled "not vodka", 0% alcohol, 0 proof. Hannah had fun with that.)

That is a GREAT idea!  

Quoted from ruthiegirl
It's very, very rare that I'll use plastic single-use water bottles.

I never use them, except when we travel and I can't bring water through the TSA checkpoint.  I normally carry a stainless bottle in my purse.

The bottles we use at home are reusable gallon containers but I love the idea of using large booze bottles and will replace them asap.  I have a friend who buys them exclusively and would be happy to pass them on.

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