Where did the bottled water craze come from? Until a few years ago, everyone I knew put water in water jugs and stored them in the refrigerator. They usually swigged out of them when they were home. At work, they drank from the water fountain. Then came the push for bottled water. Part of the reason for increasing the use of bottled water involved the idea that some of our drinking water was unsafe. Suddenly store shelves were filled with bottles of crystal clear water. It cost money, but times were prosperous. It looked cool having your bottle of water with you. I can’t believe that the public jumped at the chance of buying bottled water even as they paid their water bills at home.
I drink a bottle of water every morning. I think it’s good for me. I drink it in the morning because I’m not a water drinker naturally and prefer drinking water when I’m still a bit asleep. After I have my bottle of water, I drink my cup of coffee. The bottle I emptied is refilled with tap water and re-deposited into the refrigerator for the next day. I don’t recall ever buying bottled water and probably won’t unless something happens to our water purification plant as it did in Nashville once during the flooding of that city. Despite news articles that have debunked the idea that bottled water is purer than tap water, people continue to empty the grocery shelves with (music) “cool, clear, water –“water.”