Just like Maxwell decided to forever forgo bottled mineral water just over a year ago, we've stopped purchasing bottled water altogether for some time now. We currently rely on a simple PUR pitcher filter and we're considering upgrading to an under-the-sink filtering solution (we're not sure of reverse osmosis systems because of all the wasted water produced during the process). We've ditched the plastic bottles and use these Klean Kanteens now to keep our filtered water...
First off, Klean Kanteens are reusable, so nothing to add to the trash/recycling bins (only 23% of plastic bottles are recycled in the United States). They're also available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 12 oz-40 oz, and fit inside bike water bottle cages. Klean Kanteens are made from #304 stainless steel, so that means you don't have to worry about toxins leaching into your water, which has been big news lately. For those of us living in California, they're shipped out from our state (located in Chico), so there's less energy involved. And best of all, when it's scorching hot, we like to put it in the freezer before heading out; the Klean Kanteen stays colder a lot longer than a plain old plastic water bottle.
Still holding onto those plastic water bottles? Watch this amusing (slightly NSFW for language) video created by Penn & Teller that might have you considering otherwise (and push you to research exactly how and where your water comes from):
Curious to see how Los Angeles Municipal Water measures up? Download the 2007 Water Quality Report here. We got our copy in the mail yesterday and we're still trying to decipher some of the statistics, but we're glad to see our local water has passing grades according to the standards set by the EPA (which are much more strict than those imposed on water bottling companies). That all being said, we definitely miss sipping the occasional bottle of Fiji water, which was out favourite brand back when we were still drinking bottled water.