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Banning bottled water and coolers

post #1 of 11
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I love the thought but is the tap water safe??
post #2 of 11
As long as the tap water is tested regularly I'm all for it, too. I worked for the government at one time and they discovered lead in the water of the drinking fountains on one of the floors of our building. All the pregnant women (understandably) freaked out. Everything turned out O.K., though, and bottled water was brought in until all was safe again.

I don't like the idea of the plasticizers in the water bottles but that's another thread!
post #3 of 11
Is it actually a ban, or is it just stating that the mayor's office / departments will no longer be paying for it. It seems like people are more than welcome to bring their own... And if the tap water isn't safe enough for the mayor it isn't safe enough for anybody else. They should have to drink it!
post #4 of 11
Don't the water companies that supply the water coolers reuse those big bottles? I see no reason why not, it isn't like anyone is drinking directly out of them.
post #5 of 11
We have good tap water here in Portland. I have never had a problem with it until I moved into this old building. I think it must be the pipes or something but the water just is icky tasting. I take my water bottle to work everyday and fill it up there.

I can understand about the water bottles and landfills. Ever seen that commercial where the guys are fishing and landing all bottles of water? Weird!
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
Is it actually a ban, or is it just stating that the mayor's office / departments will no longer be paying for it. It seems like people are more than welcome to bring their own... And if the tap water isn't safe enough for the mayor it isn't safe enough for anybody else. They should have to drink it!
That's how I read the article too. People can bring their own bottled water if they want, but the tax payers aren't going to be the one footing the bill for it.

I agree totally.
post #7 of 11
Like SwampWitch said, we have a lead problem at work and all water (fountains and washroom sinks etc) have big yellow signs saying 'not safe for consumption' above them and coolers are being supplied throughout the building (although we already had some before).

If the water is safe however, I don't see why the city should be paying for bottled water
post #8 of 11
Two points on this...

1/ Firm I work for has a filter/cooler system attached to a water outlay pipe so we get gorgeous water from a tap, thus saving us money and helping the environment. (Just to confirm that the bottled water we did get was expensive and unreliable but did recycle their plastic bottles). Surely this would be a compromise for the mayor?

2/ Interesting to see on the same page quoted that some restaurants now only serve tap water! In England the law was that you couldn't charge for tap water at a restaurant which is why many of them started buying in bottled water in the first place
post #9 of 11
I grew up on well water, and to me the city water here is just awful. I drink bottled water, even when I go out.
post #10 of 11
I used to always wonder why people pay over a $ for something they could get for free. But I have also drank bottled water when I wasnt sure about the water supply.
post #11 of 11
As long as the water is cold and doesn't taste gross I'll drink it. I'm always amazed at people who BUY bottled water to drink at home when the tap water is perfectly safe

I think it's great that they're stopping the supply of bottled water.

At my old job in Australia, they had water fountains that was just chilled tap water - perfect, and nobody ever thought anything of it, because that's what pretty much ALL employers did.

Edit: And most restaurants around here just give chilled tap water. I assume so anyway. If you ask for water, they give you a glass and come around regularly topping it up from a pitcher.
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