Day’?s Verse:
Doom to you who legislate evil, who make laws that make victims—
Laws that make misery for the poor, that rob my destitute people of dignity,
Exploiting defenseless widows, taking advantage of homeless children.

Isaiah 10:1-4

Americans enjoy the luxury of water in extravagant ways. We irrigate lawns, maintaining lush greenness throughout even the driest summer months. We establish golf courses in the middle of deserts. We use appliances that consume way more water than necessary — flush toilets, dishwashers, and washing machines are a few examples. We construct water parks that splash and flow with this precious resource. Mostly we don’t think about it, this wonderful miracle that is fresh water. We turn on a tap without ever wondering if the water coming out is pure enough to drink, taking for granted a resource to which billions of people have little or no access.

I’ve noticed a particularly interesting water-related behavior at work. We have regular taps at work, both in the bathrooms and in the kitchens. They provide perfectly good Shrewsbury city water. However, the company also provides water-cooler water, which most people use frequently. I fill my water bottle from that source. However, a drinks machine recently appeared nearby, and it contains a wide variety of bottled waters that a person could buy for $1.

The bottled waters are almost always sold out in the drink machine. I cannot for the life of me understand why people pay a dollar for the same thing they could obtain for free in the room next door. OK, the water may have bubbles or a slight fruity flavor. But… but… are bubbles or a slight fruity flavor worth a whole dollar? This puzzles me to no end.

KF quality

5 thoughts on “Pure Water

  1. Don’t know about Mass. but around here I keep hearing and seeing stories about the horrible waste of billions of water bottles being thrown out. Only some tiny percentage get recycled. Some places are talking about banning the sale of bottled water. And kids are missing out on needed minerals by always drinking filtered water.

  2. the two most popular brands of bottled water, dasani and aquafina, are imprints of americas two largest soda manufacturers. literally they take the water they would use to make the soda with, bottle it, and sell it for more money than the actual soda. most bottled water is basically water from a brita pitcher.

    then theres that fiji water, ok so maybe its from an actual spring, but fiji is kind of an impoverished country. there are people who live there who dont have access to clean water. then some company bottles up what they do have and wastes resources to ship it across the ocean.

  3. I find Fiji water repulsive. I’d never tried it until I was at a cafe last week and the only kind of water they had was Fiji…blech! It’s got this thick consistency like spit. It’s apparently due to some enriched mineral that trickles through volcanic rock. The bottle actually mentions the consistency as “soft mouthfeel”. Water should taste like nothing and feel like nothing. It should be refreshing and any other attributes other than temperature should go unnoticed. Nestle water has this same consistency. So gross!

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