As if the price some people pay for bottled water doesn’t ALREADY put a huge dent in a person’s wallet, now word has leaked out that some restaurants which charge MORE than stores for bottled water have taken it upon themselves to rip patrons off in a new way:
“There have also been reports of fraud in which ordinary tap water has been added to used mineral water bottles and sold as the original article. Consumers may not be able to detect this by taste alone and, if concern is warranted, should examine the closures of bottled waters carefully before purchase and insist on seeing bottles opened in their presence in restaurants and other food and beverage service establishments.” ( source )
We don’t have a way for people to stop the shady cretins guilty of this particular scam, but we can suggest ways for people to save money on bottled water other ways.
Unless bottled water specifically states that it came from a natural spring, it more than likely came from a bottling facility located in the heart of a major metropolitan area that somehow filters and/or purifies its local tap water, bottles it, and sells it to you for an outrageous price.
At this poing many of you may have a thought similar to, “OK, but water from most taps can taste pretty gross and I’d rather pay too much for good tasting bottled tap water than drink bad tasting tap water.” You can do that if you want, or you can get portable sport bottles with built-in filters which remove specific contaminants and common sources of bad tastes in tap water — and can be used and reused over and over again.
The links below will take you to affordable, reliable portable water solutions which if used in place of bottled water, should greatly reduce the number of waste products winding up in landfills: