Okay, to address the environmental concerns: my first responsibility is to my own health, and I believe others shoudl apply this philosophy as well. If the best thing for your health means your carbon footprint will be a little bigger, then that's just the way things will have to be. Of course, if someone feels called to minimize environmental impact at the expense of their health then that's their business. But no one should be pressured into such a sacrifice.
I currently use filtered water, but am experimenting with glass-bottled spring water, the primary reason being that I have severe MCS and this page
has recommendations of recovery from that. Drinking spring water was the one thing on the list I don't do, so I find it worth looking into, and I don't live in an area where I can get it a different way.
First the filters. I'm quite sensitive to chlorine...a tap barely running in another room and I feel like I'm choking on clorine fumes (even in a blinded test) so filters are important to me. I use a Whirlpool undersink filter for drinking water and an Aquasana shower filter for the shower. I consider the shower filter just as if not more important than the drinking water filter, because you're absorbing stuff both through your skin and inhaling it in the water droplets.
At one point I tried a whole house filter, but I appeared to react to the resulting water. No idea why or how. I cannot find it to tell you the name right now. Might try it again in the future just to be sure, but you all know how that goes...
I'm not sure what I think of reverse osmosis water. This article
makes some good points about some health concerns connected with drinking it. Besides potentially causing mineral deficiencies (which can be avoided if you ocnsciously remedy the lakc of minerals) it makes the water acidic, which can have negative effects as well. But the most interesting thing to me is:
It does not remove dissolved pesticides and herbicides present in water. It also cannot filter out pharmaceutical drugs that have made their way into the water supply system. This is because these dissolved substances are of smaller size than the pores in the membranes of the reverse osmosis water filter.
We know the pharmeceutical drugs are present in small amounts in city water, to varying degrees depending on which city. If you want to try to avoid those, not even a reverse osmosis filter will do the job. So know what you're getting.
Now about bottled water. I realize that many kinds of bottled water are no better than tap water....some of them even are
tap water, just with fancy packaging. :tongue: However, that isn't to say they're all like that. Do the research. Spring water can be contaminated, too, so that's important to be aware of as well. Since I'm just now looking into it I don't have a whole lot of information on this, but I'll be testing it out and seeing what I can find. I'm only considering glass bottled water at this time, which is
available in the USA, just not very common.