Raising my water IQ

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010


One of the consequences of the environmental fellowship I recently attended, the Great Waters Institute, is that I have largely stopped drinking store-bought bottled water, and switched to using tap water, which I use to fill water bottles given to me by various organizations (including the Perkins Township Police Department.)

I had never thought about the politics of bottled water until this year. When I started reading about water issues to prepare for the fellowship, I discovered that ecologists frown on buying bottled water. For example, they don't like the energy used to bottle and transport it. This Fox News article covers the issues pretty well.

Just between you and me and Al Gore, I gave up bottled water more out of respect for my wallet than respect for planet Earth.

Speaking of water, press reports indicate Ohio lawmakers have ended their latest deadlock over passing the Great Lakes water compact. State Rep. Chris Redfern and state Sen. Mark Wagoner both support passage.



Now if we could just get more people to understand that bottled water is not any better than what comes out their tap, but costs a lot more, not only to purchase it, but in the enormous amount of waste generated, and the energy (oil) to produce the bottles.

A Sovereign American

Until they take the fluoride, and pharmaceuticals out of our tap water, I'll continue drinking bottled water.


80% of Bottled Water is from a Tap, and because of new regulations you should be seeing 'Tap Water' as the only ingredient listed on most bottled waters. Bottled water is terribly wasteful.


A large fish kill from VHS was documented in western Lake Erie 2006, with mostly sheepshead, or freshwater drum, dying. There was a smaller fish kill in 2007 (reported).



if the bottled water is somehow fresher, cleaner, more pure, than I would consider investing in it even though it is hard on the environment. Precessed sewage water is always a bit of a tuhink about what comes from the tap.

However, most bottled water just comes from some body else's tap!

AND if it is from a "mountain stream", it has algea, insects and larvae, deer scat, bear hair, dead fish, mud, etc. as added ingredients.

It is difficult to know exactly what is HONESTLY best---for my own health AND the health of our planet......