Conserving water is critical to all of us. While it may seem as if we have an endless supply of water, we don't. Check out the important, and very interesting, information on the Internet about how much water is consumed, where, and how much is wasted. One of best tips is to buy a stainless steel jug and fill it with ice and tap water and refill the jug whenever you want. This is very economical, too. For every 1 gallon of bottled water you drink, it costs $10.00 (way more than a gallon of gas!) But, for every 1 gallon of tap water you drink, it only costs 1 cent! Drinking tap water not only saves you money, it also helps to save the environment from plastic bottles that should be recycled but aren't. Most end up in landfills or waterways.
By caseye from Plano, TX
Let me tell you, the crap that's in tap water is only fit for washing your clothes. If you're worried about bottles filling up land fills, then get a reverse osmosis unit, the kind for under your sink, with 4-5 stages & refill any bottle you want. Make your ice cubes with it & water your yard with the waste from it. It costs pennies a gallon, the unit pays for itself in the 1st year, really, tap water, too much poison.
I don't know how you calculate the cost of a gallon of water to be $10 unless you are using tiny bottles of imported gourmet water. I can buy gallon jugs of store brand bottled water for $.69 each and I recycle the plastic. Our tap water tastes horrible.
There are other ways to save water: do not over-water your lawns and gardens. That's the biggest waste of water. After a good rain, shut off your automatic sprinklers for a week. The lawn won't need additional water after the rain.
We're in love with our Pur brand, faucet-mount filter. Makes our city water palatable. Otherwise, it would have an unsavory chlorine tang. It also pays for itself in a short time, since I have a food-grade reusable 20-oz plastic water bottle.
You can usually get your tap or well water tested free at
any hospital. Check your local requirements. Some places
require two bottles, some have a nominal charge.
By the way, store bought ice is often not safe for
consumption. Just take used water bottles, fill them with
tap or well water, and toss them into a camp cooler filled
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