February 25, 2009

New York City tap water, the fancy bottled water...

... that you might want to buy if you're stranded somewhere where the idea that great water could come out of the tap seems really cool.

But, no, this stuff — Tap'd NY. Purified New York City tap water — is for sale in New York City.

"Water is all the same anyway. I just prefer to buy my own water in bottles," says a woman within easy range of the very taps that filled the bottle she is paying $1.50 for.

19 comments:

traditionalguy said...

Purity sells, and fear of impurity drives the sales into private marketed plastic bottles. So faith in standards of the government employees operating a healthy Water supply is about where that faith is in the standards of the government employees operating a healthy Medical Practice supply. Keeping water supply local in most areas helps to build faith, but in a Metropolitan area run with a political machine providing the government jobs to Friends as payoffs, then the worry is healty.

Leland said...

So does this guy actually purify his product or is he false advertising?

Great White Father George said...

"The methods which were originally used to exploit patent medicines, alcoholic beverages, and cigars and cigarettes are being year by year applied to more and more of our staple commodities; to the bulk of the products purchased at retail and to a considerable part of those purchased for industrial uses....

"What is the effect both upon business and upon consumption of this high pressure marketing?

"The corn flakes furnish a particularly flagrant illustration. Here is a foodstuff consumed by millions of people yearly, and made from a cereal which has been an item in the diet of the country since its settlement. Marketed as it is today, 21¢ worth of corn, in the form of corn flakes, costs the consumer one dollar...

"Fifty years ago there was scarcely a single section of the country which did not have its own flour mill, its own iron forge, its own saw mill, its own tanneries, and its own manufacturing establishments of various kinds. Nothing was brought from a distant point of manufacture which it was possible to produce near at home. The cereals which were ground in the local mills were home grown. The lumber, the hides, the iron, the fuel used in these local industries were principally neighborhood products.

"Today one can find the remains of these old industrial establishments in almost every section of the country which was well populated during the Civil War. There are numberless mills fallen into ruin, abandoned forges, even abandoned mines--mines which were operated as long as there was a local market for the minerals extracted from them, but which were abandoned because they could not be profitably operated when it became necessary to ship ores to distant forges and mills."

"The Distribution Age"
Ralph Borsodi
1927

traditionalguy said...

I once was the attorney representing our local Water Authority. The challenges to purifying water are greater than any one admits publicly. The lab tests can only detect a small number of the possible heavy metals that someone may havedumped in upstream from water intakes at the Plant. The final test is to put water in Fish type acquariums filled with various acquatic life such as snails, and wait 5 days to see what is dying unexpectedly. Of course the water is not held back 5 days... you get to enjoy whatever is in it for awhile. So the cost of Evian Water, being no more than bottled Coke,is not too much. The poisons hurt you based upon their quantities more than quality.

MadisonMan said...

I'm gonna get rich selling bottled air. Put fresh clean mountain air in a bottle, and sell it to yahoos in the City. The Bonus Jonas will be my spokesmodel. I will only bottle the air when the wind direction means the air is freshest. I am applying for tax credits today from the State of WI -- think of the jobs this will produce!

rhhardin said...

I buy a refill-it-yourself gallon ($.39) each day, partly so that the bike trip to the store always has a useful feel, and partly because it's better in coffee than iron-laden well water.

MadisonMan said...

Tradiational Guy, that's a great slogan: This water is so clean that Snails can live in it! DELICIOUS!

Sofa King said...

I'm gonna get rich selling bottled air. Put fresh clean mountain air in a bottle, and sell it to yahoos in the City.

All hail President Skroob!

...enjoying some Perri-air.

Chip Ahoy said...

"Water is all the same anyway."

Hardly. This woman could use a science refresher course, or perhaps a book.

Did you know the water of the Amazon is ultra soft? Now you'd imagine with all those logs and plants floating in it and with all that run-off and annual flooding that it would be saturated with minerals. Not so. The minerals, all of them, are taken up and held in the canopy. Aquarium fish taken from the Amazon, like popular neon tetras, must be provided soft water in order to breed in captivity. Breeders use reverse osmosis water for their tetras. If their water is changed with hard water, even it's filtered, even if it's just a portion of the water that's changed, they tend to commit suicide by jumping out in an attempt to escape the new intolerable conditions.

I've never had a problem with the water in Denver. We are right at the source of it, after all. But my brother insisted on a filter, and oi, did that thing ever get filthy. Since having that little above the tap filter, I changed it to a super duper ten-stage filter. To tell you the truth about it, I can not tell the difference, but my fish sure can, and the yeast in the bread I make responds differently.

Original Mike said...

I'm gonna get rich selling bottled air.

I think the Japanese beat you to it, MM. They sell (or use to, at any rate) hits of oxygen at bars.

blake said...

I'm buying a distillery.

I figured it has multiple uses.

traditionalguy said...

Original Mike... Selling air is not so crazy these days. We used to laugh at the idea that if the Government could tax air you have to have to breath, that it would do it. Well, ALGORE, and the DemoGang, with their beautiful new President are proposing to do so right as we speak. Breathing in is not to be taxed, just breathing out.How can anyone oppose such life saving crisis controls on CO2 that either is warming or cooling the weather as we speak, it matters not which since the fix is in over at the UN Office for World Government by Pseudo-Science.I wish they could just pretend the military has found an Asteroid coming to kill us all in 2080 and mobilize the New Government around that hoax without a complex warming creates cooling from CO2deception ruining the Scientific Method forever while they do it.

Smilin' Jack said...

"Water is all the same anyway. I just prefer to buy my own water in bottles," says a woman within easy range of the very taps that filled the bottle she is paying $1.50 for.

And as long as people are doing that, we know we don't have to take the recession seriously.

What I love are the people at the gym who won't drink from the drinking fountains. No, they use the drinking fountain to fill their water bottle. Then they drink the "bottled" water.

blake said...

NOt sure what the big deal about that would be, SJ: The water in the bottle is portable and can be less awkward than drinking out of the fountain.

brynn rovito said...
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brynn rovito said...

I try to save money by NOT buying bottled water...but I was duped into paying $1.50 when I asked for "tap water" at a lunch spot the other day. Tricky, tricky.

Revenant said...

says a woman within easy range of the very taps that filled the bottle

Since when can you get purified NYC tap water out of a tap in NYC? Doesn't it, by definition, have to be run through a water purifier first?

I used to scoff at bottled water. Then I moved to San Diego. The tap water here tastes like reconstituted ass. I buy all my drinking water from purification kiosks instead.

rastajenk said...

Glad to see Miami U's excellent business school casting a wider net of influence. We turn out more than just Super Bowl-winning qb's. Go 'Skins!

Aaron said...

Buying bottled water is trashy (in multiple senses of the word).

It's much better to use a BPA-free refillable water bottle, especially one that carries a message designed to get others to think twice about their bottled water habit.

Check out a review of such a Tappening bottle (plus around 140 more eco-friendly product reviews at 1GreenProduct.com).

http://www.1greenproduct.com/2009/02/drink-fashion-tappening.html

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