I bought a bottle of natural spring water today at lunch. As I walked back from the store, I remebered a time when I thought that buying bottled water was the stupidest thing I’d ever heard of – because the water we always had was so good. That was before I lived in a city, when we had a spring-fed well. I thought they called it evian water out of sarcasm, knowing that it spelled naive backwards… thinking that you must be naive to purchase water

Now I don’t think about it. I drink water from a Brita filter at home, and anywhere else I buy a bottle rather than brave the tap water. I can’t stand the taste of tap water. But after a week of drinking right out of a lake, dipping a canteen into the water as we paddled out, and loving the taste of it, even though it wasn’t chilled… I remember now. I forgot for a while, but I remember now.


  • ben

    August 13, 2001 at 10:07 am

    You can drink water straight out of a lake? That’s unheard of!

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      August 13, 2001 at 10:10 am

      Incredible, isn’t it?

      Kind of like drinking from a well… that water comes right from the ground. Nothing added, nothing taken away…

      • ben

        August 13, 2001 at 12:47 pm

        I almost never drink the tap water, when I’m home. Not that it tastes bad to me, or that I think it’s unclean.

        However, I fill up my camelbak with tap water every time I go biking. It tastes fine to me, and I’m not dead yet. 🙂

        Actually, I think that Toronto’s water is much cleaner than most places. Ottawa’s water leaves a layer of crud (hard water stains with a lot of iron). I literally could not drink the water in San Francisco because the chlorine was so strong. North of Seattle the water tasted like it contained perfume. That was gross. Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia water tasted a little swampy. I always asked for some lemon at restaurants. Minnesota’s water seemed ok, as far as I could remember. Maybe they treat their water similarly to Toronto.

      • Anonymous

        August 15, 2001 at 5:26 am

        Explain that theory, please.

        I’m being stodgy, but you’re supposed to boil the water. There’s something scary about lakes in that say, Charleston lake, you can’t even eat the fish in it safely cause it’s so polluted.


        • Jenny Lee Silver

          August 15, 2001 at 6:28 am

          Re: Explain that theory, please.

          Yeah, but that far north, it doesn’t seem to be a problem. in algonquin they worry about Beaver Fever. We were drinking the water for seven days straight, as do most of the people who live on the lakes themselves. We didn’t drink out of the ones that were iron-coloured (there were a couple of lakes like that.) Those wouldn’t have been very good.

  • jerronimo

    August 13, 2001 at 10:50 am

    I was the same way… and now i buy bottled water, and drink from a Brita at home too.

    Even though our tap water here is pretty decent, although a bit chloriney