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  • sinjin
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    Originally posted by TATTRAT View Post
    what iz dis product of which you speak?
    http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...t_adv_XSG10001

    This thing really works. No other solution necessary. I still rarely drink water. You know what fish do in that stuff?

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  • kani-lehua
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    okay now that i'm grossed out by bottled water. well, i'm going to stick to tap when possible. now where the heck did i put that britta pitcher? found it. but, shucks no filter.

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  • scrivener
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    Yes. We have no recycling facilities in this state, unless you count HPOWER, which is a form of recycling, if you ask me.

    I'm not as anti-recycling as I used to be. We get a lot of ships coming in with cars, toilet paper, and rice. Those ships have to go somewhere when they leave this place, and what are we really shipping out that has to compete for space with our trash? My guess is those boats probably leave grossly underloaded. But that is just a guess.

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  • TuNnL
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    Originally posted by scrivener View Post
    I have not yet been convinced of the benefits of recycling, especially recycling plastic bottles that have to be shipped back to the mainland for recycling
    Wow, is this true?! I had no idea. I was under the impression that major Hawai‘i recyclers like Reynolds Recycling were a stand-alone operation. I guess we don’t really think about these things once we’ve traded our bags for nine bucks and change.

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  • scrivener
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    As I mentioned in LAST summer's bottled-water thread, I recently developed a sensitivity to the taste of my tap water at home. It's got a metallic flavor I find difficult to handle, 'though I confess that lately, I am more likely to drink it anyway because of rising costs of other stuff (the sale prices of bottled water have remained fairly stable). I keep a few bottles of my own tap water in the fridge for when I wake up in the middle of the night thirsty enough that even metallic water will do.

    I still buy and drink bottled water. I am unconcerned about the bottle tax, 'though as I have said, I am not sure it does what we consumers want it to do. I have not yet been convinced of the benefits of recycling, especially recycling plastic bottles that have to be shipped back to the mainland for recycling; however, one wonderful benefit of the bottle tax is that the small part of me that suspects recycling is the way to go no longer feels guilty when I don't recycle! Since everyone else is doing it, my few bottles per week will make no difference at all in the landfills (considering things on a global scale) if they even make it to the landfills, since I usually either dump bottles into other people's recycling bins or throw them in trash cans that I know are regular stops for bottle scavengers.

    We do have some of the best tap water on the planet in Hawaii, but my house is excluded from that generalization.

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  • mel
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    Originally posted by Pomai View Post
    The "HI 5" 6 cents recycle fee makes buying bottled water - especially the smaller-sized bottles by the case - discouraging.
    The bottle tax is the main reason for me to stop buying bottled water on a regular basis. Not that I bought much of the stuff before the tax was implemented in 2004, but since then I have rarely bought any bottled water nor drinks in cans like soda or juice... and I am not a beer drinker... not sure if that tax impacts beer and other alcoholic beverages.

    Just a reminder, that for every 6¢ the state takes from you, you only get 5¢ back if you or some other person or entity turns the bottles/containers in for a redemption. The state still pockets a penny to build up their huge special fund, ready for raiding the next time the Legislature thinks the State is short of money for something else.

    Again because of new, higher taxes, the cost of living in Hawaii is higher than it was in 2004.

    Tap water is good!

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  • Pomai
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    Originally posted by cezanne View Post
    Tap here. Bottled there.
    Word, brother. Word. lol

    Tap water in Waikiki is soft and clean as far as I can tell, and I have no fear of drinking from the tap or using ice from my unfiltered refrigerator's automatic ice maker. Taste as good as the filtered bottled stuff to me.

    The tap water in Las Vegas has a distinctive chlorine smell and taste, but I still drank it. Now I glow green like money. lol

    If you're unsure about the potability of your tap water, there are home test kits available.

    The "HI 5" 6 cents recycle fee makes buying bottled water - especially the smaller-sized bottles by the case - discouraging.

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  • cezanne
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    Tap here. Bottled there.

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  • thornpicker
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    I live in Tucson right now, so drinking tap water is not really an option--it's really disgusting, thick and has a horrible flavor. I won't buy bottled water anymore either because of the waste of using a plastic bottle to have a sip of water, plastic leeching into the water when it gets warm and the fact that I don't really know where that water comes from or what's in it.

    I refill 5 gallon bottles from my local water purification facility--yes, I have to haul it home in my truck but it tastes great, is cheaper than bottled water or delivery and lasts a long time. I then refill a reusable water bottle to take with me when I go to work or go out.

    I guess I just can't justify the waste of fuel and energy it takes to get a bottle of water to me from California, Fiji, New Zealand or wherever.

    Water from the tap in Hawaii actually tastes OK to me.....

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  • Walkoff Balk
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    There was a clean drinking water advocate who used to write to Hawaii's newspapers letters to the editor section. I saw his obituary one day. Is there somebody that continued his cause? It's good that there's a watchdog watching for any wrongful practice.

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  • T. M. Kawika
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    I think bottled water is disgusting. I only drink tap water.

    Weird, I know...

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  • matapule
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    Originally posted by TATTRAT View Post
    what iz dis product of which you speak?
    Britta Water Filter in many different sizes and models. Available at Costco, Target, WalMart and on line. We have the smaller refrigerator model, which is more than enough for two people for a day. Fill it with about a gallon of water and it filters through the element, which lasts about three months. You have great tasting, filtered water in about 10 minutes. Consumers Reports rated it a "best buy" in their water filters report.

    I guess I should be posting this on the "best products" thread.

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  • TATTRAT
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    what iz dis product of which you speak?

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  • matapule
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    Originally posted by tutusue View Post
    IIRC, you live in Mexico. If so, that Britta is one heckuva good product!
    Actually, the water is quite good here. We will be taking the Britta to Hawai'i with us. The Britta is a good product and makes great tasting water.

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  • tutusue
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    Originally posted by matapule View Post
    We drink tap water filtered through a Britta. Delicious!

    Ofa 'atu
    Mui Houma
    IIRC, you live in Mexico. If so, that Britta is one heckuva good product!

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