When I lived in Canada (just over 10 years ago, I never hesitated to drink water out of the tap. I currently reside in Mexico where no one drinks water from their tap for obvious reasons. I´m just curious if members of UM drink water from the tap or not. Thanks for taking the time to answer the poll.
Well keep in mind that a boil water advisory doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong with the water. In most cases they are simply required by law when something has happened to the water pipes. We had one in our neighborhood earlier in the summer - lasted 3 days (the NY minimum b/c you have to have 3 negative tests) - due to some guys breaking the water main. The results came back negative on every single test.
As for me, I have no qualms about drinking tap water in the developed world. Sure, bottled water might taste better in some cases due to mineral or high chlorine content, but in very few cases are there any real safety issues.
One of the greatest marketing coups in the last 30 years has been carried out by the bottled water industry - I hope every marketing major is studying what they did because it was brilliant. They actually convinced a huge percentage of folks that the water coming out of their tap was unhealthy and that they needed to spend more than they spend on things like gasoline to buy water in little plastic bottles. As I said, brilliant. I saw a thing on the NYC news a couple years back where they interviewed school-aged children and virtually every single one of them said that tap water was bad for them.
And the other ironic thing about it is that those little plastic bottles have become a blight on our planet probably second only to plastic grocery bags.