Join Me in Doing a Good Deed

There are days we all need to curl  up with a good book and some soothing music.  That was exactly what I was doing this evening when all of a sudden I realized the air had changed.  There was an odor that caught my attention.  Taking a deep breath and letting my senses do their thing I realized what I smelled was water, and not the water from the lake. This was rain.  Turning off the music I confirmed with my ears it was in fact raining, a nice steady downpour.  I am so blessed to live where water is plentiful this year…. most years.

That blessing comes with a responsibility.  A responsibility to not further harm those less fortunate.  I’m sure you are curious what I mean by that.

 

Here’s the thing.  My town has plenty of water, especially this summer.  Sure not all tap water tastes fresh, but an inexpensive water filter will remedy that problem.  There are communities, heck entire states, with drought conditions so severe plans are being put into place for communities to migrate from their homes, such as California, to other states.

No there isn’t anything we can do to change the weather patterns to help these people, but there is one we can do. Stop buying bottled water!  I’ve already covered all the reasons why we shouldn’t drink bottled water from the natural resources used to produce the bottles to the health concerns from water quality to chemicals leeching from the bottles to the water.

Yet, have you considered where that water in those single use bottles comes from?  I know the main bottlers are Coca Cola (Dasani) and PepsiCo (Aquafina) but where do you think those companies, and others, are drawing the water from?

California

That’s right one of the states hardest hit with drought.  A state that hasn’t been able to provide its own citizens with enough water without supplementing from another state for generations.   In this case, California imports water from Colorado.  Then bottling companies in  California siphon off the water reserves to sell it to the rest of the country. NOTE: In full disclosure I could not find information on whether any of this water was sold overseas.

Today, let’s do a good deed for another person or group of persons. Avoid buying bottled water, and spread the word on where bottled water comes from.  Those of us who live in an area of plenitude, use what you have before using others resources.

Where do you get your water from?

18 thoughts on “Join Me in Doing a Good Deed

  1. We have a well and I wish the water were perfect. It’s not … it’s full of iron. But a filtering system makes it perfect. I have several stainless steel bottles … one for home and one for “the road”. I also have a glass bottle which is wrapped in a rubber material … it’s great, doesn’t break, and isn’t heavy. :-) Carrying a plastic bottle is really not “cool” … it’s way more chic to have one’s own reusable container. And, the best part, it saves money … bottled water is expensive!

    • So right! The cost of my stainless steal bottle and a water filter is so much cheaper than buying bottled water. I also collect other containers that are left by guests. So far I have a couple glass bottles from some store bought individual sized juices I use for water too.

  2. I can’t remember the last time I bought a bottle of water. I see those things as “for emergencies only.”

    But, I happened to be at Whole Foods today – stocking up on organic potatoes, popcorn & chicken. Anyhow, I noticed that they’re now selling boxed water in things that look like milk cartons with a big sign saying how it’s better than plastic.

    Er… um… well… kinda sorta maybe? I suppose when push comes to shove one could make an argument that it’s ever so marginally better, but it does nothing to address the concerns you have raised here, not to mention the waste of the packaging, the impact of shipping the water, yadda, yadda, yadda. Just wondered if you’ve seen that stuff and what your thoughts are.

    • Holy Moly! I was just intending to post a link to a picture, didn’t realize it would actually show up. Hmmm… very interesting!

    • Cat, I hadn’t seen that. How many more ways are they going to come up with to market us water?

      I was thinking of you when I learned a lot of the bottled water came from California. I’ve asked you before how you felt about Colorado’s agreement to share water with so many other areas but does this, bottling of water in California, change how you feel?

      • Well, I have mixed feelings on the whole topic of the water wars we experience out here. I mean, on the one hand, I think it is perfectly reasonable that states who are upstream ought to be required to leave some of the water in the rivers for the folks downstream to use. On the other hand… there’s so much about our water laws that is just nonsensical. Gray water use is illegal. People don’t have legal rights to the rain water that falls on their property, yet we are charged a fee for the water that runs off our property into the storm sewers. The ask us to conserve water and then they issue a whole pile of new ta permits. And when we do conserve water, they raise our rates because their income falls. It’s just nuts.

        Anyhow, all that aside, it’s how the water is used that is more disturbing to me than the laws themselves. It would make more sense to limit lawn size and require farms to use more efficient irrigation techniques than to go after people for dumping their laundry water on their gardens.

        • The situation with water has been unfair for a long time. Living in Arizona I kept thinking how there should be limits on how often the grass is watered or frequently cars are washed when none of that water comes from their area. I couldn’t get past the waste I saw.

          If I lived in Colorado I would be fighting for fairness and that would start with regulating how the water is used in the other states getting water from Colorado.

      • OK… I wanted to say more about the California thing, but CatMan wanted to go for a bike ride so I didn’t have time to get to it. Anyhow, Colorado water issues are complicated by the fact that the continental divide runs down the middle of our state. So basically whichever side of the divide a raindrop or snowflake falls on pretty much determines whether it eventually makes it into the Pacific or Atlantic. Hence Colorado can’t really “share” water even from one side of the state to the other. That’s not entirely true, because there are a few tunnels which brings water from west of the divide over to the water hungry cities on the east, but it’s not a simple endeavor.

        Anyhow, I think that the water Colorado sends to California is all part of the Colorado River Compact – which was an agreement signed in the 1920’s between a number of western states. Later agreements specified that a certain amount of water had to be allotted to Mexico as well. The Colorado river runs on the western side of the divide, and since most of our big population centers are on the east side, I’m not sure how much impact it has on Colorado other than the agricultural regions in the west.

        That being said, the whole thing is sort of a mess. I think California was basically gobbling up all of the surplus water and people got pissed off about that, plus the original amounts were based on river flows during the early 1920’s which turned out to be very wet years with above average river flows. Add in the exponential population growth of places like LasVegas and SanDiego, and it becomes pretty clear that it’s not gonna be sustainable over the long haul. So I don’t know what the solution is, but It seems to me that a huge part of the problem could be alleviated if people would just stop trying to grow Kentucky blue grass in the desert.

        • Yes, the water compact was written in the early 1900s. I’ve seen some accounts that it began in 1908 others later, 1920. Either way the water compact allowed for people to settle in areas that didn’t have enough water otherwise and as I see it are now abusing the “gift” of water.

          There are some areas trying to make changes. Nevada has been paying people to get rid of lawns for permacultured yards instead, but I believe that is still the exception. The golf courses bother me too, but waste all round gets me riled up. (of course I don’t golf and don’t see the attraction to it).

          I would think it would be easier to deliver water from the western side of the state to the eastern easier than to all the states it currently shares the Colorado river water with, but that’s not my area of expertise.

  3. I’m in! (Not that I buy water in plastic bottles anyway . . . .).
    I did pull a plastic juice bottle out of my neighbors trash to take on a loooong journey in a couple weeks. I can’t take my glass bottle along because it’s too heavy to carry when hiking. I’ll recycle it when I return home or save it for another trip.

    • Glad to have you with me. I carry a stainless steel bottle but even that would be heavier than your juice bottle. Extra points for pulling a bottle out of the trash. ;-)

  4. Our water comes from our well and we’re lucky that it does taste good. The exception we have for bottled water is in our emergency supplies. While we’ve filled old containers for extra water to clean etc., we have bottled water for the water we would drink. Don’t need to make ourselves sick from dirty/bad water (the water sits for months or years at a time) while we’re in the middle of a crisis.

    • Live and Learn, I have always enjoyed well water, the wells around here are better tasting than public tap water. I understand the emergency supplies. I have several bottles here as well. I collected empty soda bottles which some are filled with filtered water for drinking/cooking and some are plain tap for other uses. Currently, I have these in the freezer to offset the empty space created as food was eaten but will have to come up with another solution as it fills back up with the summer produce.

  5. Lois, I avoid bottled water frequently, but there are times when bottled water is an only option. Traveling per car, one can take containers of water & hopefully find a place to refill along the way. But if travel per plane, bottled water is the only option. Even if I don’t buy bottled water for the plane, the water served on the plane comes from plastic containers. In my community, certain areas do not have city water; homes on our street all have wells. Several people on our street have bottled water delivered to their homes to avoid drinking the well water.

    • JanL, I agree there may be times we need water and public fountains are hard to find today. I’ve only flown once since 2001 so I don’t know the “rules” about water bottles today but when I did fly you could bring your own bottle as long as you filled it after you went through security. Has it changed?

      I am lucky that most of the wells in my area are safe to drink from but I know some areas have problems with well water. It’s a shame those people have to resort to bottled water for safe drinking.

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