Last time I traveled through PDX, I saw this ~ FREE WATER! Wow, what a concept. Now you can fill your own water bottle and keep that $3 in your pocket that you were about to spend on a bottle of water, and fill your own bottle for FREE.
When I travel, I carry this refillable, reliable, inexpensive little metal bottle and clip it to my pack. I check this web site ~www.canidrinkthewater.org~ to see if the water where I’m traveling is safe to drink. Obviously, common sense will override if the water looks iffy. Otherwise, I go with the flow, and drink like a local.
While browsing this site, I was also schooled on bottled water facts. Americans spend $31 billion a year on water infrastructure(monthly water bills)~ water treatment, city water lines and maintenance. Another $29 billion a year on bottled water. Yes, that’s billion with a b, and yes, every year. Then I learned that 60% of bottled water comes from a municipal source. That’s $17 billion a year for water we’ve already paid for. Imagine paying a monthly fuel bill for your car and then paying again at the pump. That’s crazy talk! All this for the safest most regulated drinking water in the world? Here in Portland, the Water Board tests our water way beyond national
As for bottled water, it is regulated by the FDA and considered food. Therefore, as “food” it is a “low priority” for inspection. The FDA tends to put most of their regulations on NOT what is inside the bottle but what is on the outside~the label.
Then we have to address the disposal of 50 billion plastic water bottles every year. For a few of us, it’s simple, just toss them in the river or in the local park. C’mon man, this is your river, your park. Take care of them and they’ll take care of you.
Today, in this month of Thanks, I’m thankful for that delicious Oregon drinking water. With that tall glass of water I keep on my night stand, my bed water, I can sleep at night.
As we take to the travel, I will miss that tall glass of water more than FREE wifi, more than Monday Night Football, even more than my pillow. So before getting on that plane, I’ll fill up my trusty water bottle(why not, I’ve already paid for it), and savor every sip.