The bottled water industry has exploded within the past ten years.  Why and how did this happen?  Twenty or thirty years ago you would have been laughed out of a room if you made this prediction!  Except for specialty bottled water retailers such as Evian or Perrier, the bottled water industry really didn’t exist.  Now, it’s a billion dollar per year industry that shows no signs of slowing down.

Personally, I hate to pay for something as common as water.  Just like I was aghast when I saw my first air pump that required me to put quarters in the slot, paying for bottled water goes against my better judgement.  I’d rather take the money and buy a soft drink or some juice!  But my wife pays for bottled water all the time, and our cupboards always have a least a case of the stuff!  And I’m the one who has to lug it from the car up the steps to our kitchen!  Is bottled water that much better than tap water?

I decided an experiment was in order to try to determine which was better, tap or bottled water.  So when my tea-drinking wife wanted me to make her next cuppa and open up a bottled water to boil, I decided I would use good old tap water.  I couldn’t wait to see the results of this experiment, and after her tea was made I headed off to the living room, grabbed the newspaper and waited to hear the results.

“Good tea honey”!  Ah Ah!  I knew she wouldn’t be able to tell the difference, and I couldn’t wait to tell her that I used plain tap water.  “Are you kidding me, is this really the tap water that I hate to drink?”

“Yup” I replied, just like the proverbial cat that swallowed the canary.  I told her about my experiment, and she really couldn’t believe that her tea tasted so good.  So from now on, we save money using plain old tap water to make the tea and the coffee.  We’ve noticed a savings in our grocery bills as well, and I’m lugging less water up the stairs.

As far as drinking water in it’s natural state however, she still insists on drinking from the bottle.  Maybe a new experiment is in order, substituting the bottled water for tap water……….


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