I've lived most of my life in the countryside where we drink water either from the well or later in life from the tap. I've lived in Norway, where it's so very "normal" to have your own water bottle that you fill everywhere- at home, at work, at a drinking fountain in a park, even in the WC of McDonald's! Then I moved to London. Also there it's very simple- drink from the tap everywhere unless there is a sign not to do that. And I haven't seen those too often.. It's just "normal" to order a tap water in a restaurant to go with your meal.. at no cost, obviously.
And then I moved back to Latvia.. Even though the water from tap in our city apartment is considered drinkable, it tastes... well, it has its "city tap water" taste of metal and "stuff"..
Even though it's regulated to be drinkable and clean, people are still in doubt.. unfortunately since I am breastfeeding, I am too a little wary.. So I use a filter for my city drinking water. We just started to use the same that was left by my friends in my apartment. I still haven't figured out how to utilize used filters. So one of my New years resolutions is- buy the tap filter that you don't have to change that often!
But many people buy water. In plastic bottles.. in huge plastic bottles for home.. in small plastic bottles on the go.. in medium plastic bottles for work.. and so the plastic bottles keep surrounding us on daily basis! I have a plastic bottle of water in my car too! But I fill it often at home, so I don't run out and don't have to buy another one in the store or gas station. It is my own "solution", because I do not believe the beautiful pictures and commercials on water bottles.. but here it's not common at all to walk into gas station and fill your bottle in the WC.. Just the thought of it is a little scary actually since it's not a living premises.. I hope one day it will change and I will be able to walk through the capital city of my country and fill my reusable bottle at a drinking fountain on the street, park, old-town.. Hmm.. maybe I should drop a line to a city council actually!
But then again- we must fight with this image of drinking fancy bottled water, because many people think they look better when having a bottle of expensive bottled water on the table instead of having reusable to refill or going with a glass to the tap. Hmm.. another resolution- put to shame everyone I know for buying bottled water as a regular habit instead of "emergency case"!
But now- back to the Story of Bottled water!
"The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industrys attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces." Annie Leonard
Enjoy watching and drink from the tap!
And here's a fact sheet- Myths Versus Reality: