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Go Ahead Drink the Tap Water NYC

Bottled water is getting a bad rap, have you noticed? Well not necessarily the water, but the bottle itself. Those plastic bottles are filling up our landfills. Since bottled water is a convenience beverage that we drink on the go, the bottles are rarely recycled. In fact Americans go through nearly 100 million plastic bottles every day and recycle roughly 25 percent of them. Yikes!!!! A lot of energy is expended making those bottles we only use once and then toss them.

In an effort to make the big apple greener, the city government is urging residents of NYC to drink tap water. The water in NYC is famous for making the best bagels and the best pizza dough, but the New Yorkers are taking some convincing - especially during summer. While the city water might be great, old pipes in old buildings still make residents wary of drinking out of the tap. Look for the "Get Your Fill" ad campaign and free plastic, blue refillable water bottles being handed out around New York this summer.

It looks like "the tap" is making a comeback.

Do you drink tap water? Do you filter it first? Or are you a bottled water only kind of gal? Let me know in the comments section below.


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Hope5 Hope5 9 years
Bottled water taste better to Me!
Hope5 Hope5 9 years
hrh21,You look like Beachbarbie!(I think that is Her name)She did have the same avatar :?
hrh21 hrh21 9 years
I drink strait from the Hetch Hetchy!!! For people who don't life in California (don't see why you don't) that's tap water)
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
I drink bottled water all day long at work and have a special trash can I keep under my desk for recycling the bottles. At home we get sparkletts delivery and I refill the sports bottles they send along with the large jugs. I would never drink water right from the faucet but I do drink the water from the fridge. I mean I guess we brush our teeth with that tap water and was our bodies...what's the big deal with drinking it?
Kate14909563 Kate14909563 9 years
I drink filtered and unfiltered tap water depending on where I am, I filter my own but drink straight out of my parents tap. It mostly has to do with taste, they live in the country and the water seems to taste better there than in my ancient apartment in the city.
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 9 years
When people aren't looking, I am always digging out water bottles from the trash (unless it's covered in filth) at my house. I am constantly telling my parents to recycle, but I think this statistic will finally make them aware of their actions. I keep telling them that I want my kids (if I have/adopt any) should be able to go outside without wearing spf 800 every day.
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 9 years
I actually love the taste of tap water - it seems so much fresher to me than in plastic. However, I do use a PUR water filter at home. We did a taste test when we first installed it - the filtered water tasted MUCH better. I also use my Nalgene water bottle religiously.
Glamourgasm Glamourgasm 9 years
it's so hard not using bottled water. but, my entire office is trying to use less water bottles!
erlking erlking 9 years
I live a few miles outside of town in MT, so I have access to well water straight from the clean pure aquifer.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
I like the water in Asheville, NC! But I do use a Brita pitcher in the fridge, more to keep it cold (and from tasting like the food in there!) than b/c of taste.
sportsaholic21 sportsaholic21 9 years
I use a Brita pitcher and refill my water bottle for easy portability. The tap water here in NC is atrocious!
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I will generally drink the tap water straight from the tap. I am in the UK though. =)
cereal_please cereal_please 9 years
I live in the Chicago area and I'm convinced our water's the best. Haha. Kidding. A little. It is better than the water I've had in a lot of different areas.. or at least I prefer it. I definitely prefer tap water and honestly don't care about filtering or any of that stuff, probably because I don't really need to.
maryamrose maryamrose 9 years
We have a filter on our kitchen faucet, but I prefer unfiltered. It's necessary for us, though, because we have a few small animals and they need their water to be as bacteria-free as possible.
fLIpiTup fLIpiTup 9 years
or get a brita water filter! i love those.
logographic logographic 9 years
Tap water. Humans have made it this far drinking it, there's no reason we should now exist solely on Evian. Frankly, those who refuse to drink tap water piss me off. It's so wasteful and unnecessary, I can't stand it. Besides, most bottled water comes from municipal sources anyway.
ailene ailene 9 years
I drink tap water. If I happen to have bottled water that's in a sturdy bottle (sturdy like a Gatorade bottle), then I fill the bottle with water and store it with my emergency water supply. I have the supply in case my water is not available for some reason (shut off for maintenance or emergency reasons, unsafe to drink, etc...).
livelaughleah livelaughleah 9 years
i only drink bottled water. i never really got into the whole recycling thing until recently. i'll have to start recycling my water bottles, and maybe get a water filter. it sounds like it would have a huge benefit in the long run.
Dantana22 Dantana22 9 years
I have a I just drink tap water (and it actually tastes good because the pH is like 6.9) so when we buy gallons of water, after we finish the water, we fill up the gallon jugs with tap water. Everywhere else other than my home though I drink bottled..or else I get a sore throat. it's weird, but I do.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
I drink tap, i guess i grew up drinking tap, but now we have filtered pitcher. i also drink bottled water only when I feel like it. i guess i'm an all-round kind of girl.
XxCoolBritannaxX XxCoolBritannaxX 9 years
I think filtering tap water is probably safest, due to the fact that water bottles are not biodegradable and the production is not regulated. Though most people assume it is. Plastics can leak chemicals as well. Unfortunately I don't always follow my own advice. But I do recycle all my plastic bottles. One neat eco-friendly bottle I've come across is at
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 9 years
I drink bottled water, but no matter where I am I bring the bottles home with me to recycle. It's kind of scary how littered my car gets with bottles!
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 9 years
I drink bottles (and don't recycle which I feel bad about, but there is no recycling company down here to pick it up curbside/ no real facilities anymore so I don't know what to do with all of them). I'll probably never be a tap kind of gal though.
mandaj mandaj 9 years
I filter the tap water over here (Brisbane Australia), but we don't get fluoride added so it's necessary to have everyone take fluoride tablets so we have healthier teeth
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