Water Talkers

Crystal Clear

by
Chloe Booker
Chloe Booker | Mar 31, 2015 | in Water Aware Concepts

Don’t ignore your wonderful top quality tap water! Did you know that tap water outperforms bottled in taste tests…and is 2000 times cheaper? So make sure you and your family have one of the stylish refillable Crystal Clear bottles wherever you go; school, gym or on your commute. Buy one for £1 from your local supermarket…and you need never go thirsty again!

edited on Mar 31, 2015 by David Simoes-Brown

Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

Does the crystal clear bottle have a water filter system in it? Or is it just a plastic bottle?

I have loads of water bottles... I am fully on board and only buy bottled water when I have no choice as tap water is great.

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anita lewis Mar 31, 2015

I really like this as it solves the issue of wasteful empty bottles..peolple do need to be reminded of how good our tapwater actually is!

my main concern is the bottletop as so many refillable bottles leak!

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

Very true bambi about water bottles leaking... as I mentioned I have several - I find that bike water bottles have been the best for me - really well designed and easy to drink out of, as they have to be when you are on a bike. Don't leak too much.

I would prefer to spend more than a £1 on a bottle and get a really good one, rather than a cheap one that leaks... if it leaks people will give up on using them.

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anita lewis Mar 31, 2015

Sorry forgot I also have another issue! Keeping the water cool can be a problem and a reason why I might feel pushed to buy a bottle from a shop occassionally. Maybe have an insulator cover?

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

Bambi, brilliant.....Many bottles come with covers... covers could be provided free by the water companies and contain advertising.... using slogans to remind us about what we should and shouldn't bin, how to save water etc. Great way to take this forward.

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anita lewis Mar 31, 2015

Hi aster1x like you I have gone through a lot of bottles and like to have some cheap ones that I dont mind too much if the kids lose (wwhich they do often!) and dearer ones to use when I need to be certain it wont lealeak . usually hard to get cheap nonleaky ones!

 

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

the only cheap non leaky bottles I have, were ones given away free at cycling events!!

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anita lewis Mar 31, 2015

Haven't seen bottles with  keepcool covers but did see individual covers used to keep cans cool so maybe the covers could be given away free .

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

There are expensive water bottles with covers... metal bottles.

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

Just asked husband what water bottles we have that come with covers - Sigg - sample water cover is on this page.

http://fitness.fmbrowns.co.uk/Detail_i800463

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

You know how innocent have a big knit to make little knitted woollen hats for their innocent smoothie bottles, we could include as part of water awareness day (or week) activities around making water bottle covers!

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anita lewis Mar 31, 2015

Thanks for that aster1x-neoprene is the word I couldnt remember! Thats what the can cooler covers were made of that ive seen  and wondered if they would work well as waterbottle coolers.unless there is another alternative cover?

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

Yes, neoprene would work. Used in many things including laptop sleeves!

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anita lewis Mar 31, 2015

I dont really like the metal ones-pones-prefer the plastic ones

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

I am sure the water companies could make neoprene covers for the plastic bottles.. or I came up with an idea above... make them as part of water awareness day!

We are all individuals, some like metal bottles (less chemicals going on), others prefer plastic ones... a cover often has some stretch in it, so should be able to accommodate both.

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Louis Allen Mar 31, 2015

our tap water is good and always it wherever we go

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Katie100 Mar 31, 2015

I'm not sure however nice a gesture this is, that it would make me think about saving water? I love tap water, but as drinking it is the one thing you shouldn't stint on, this  doesn't quite add up to me. I might have missed something tho...

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Matt Hawkins Apr 7, 2015

This certainly isn't a water saving idea. I think this idea still has merit though, for different reasons.

Water is cheap, really cheap... It is about £3 to have 1000 litres of water cleaned and delivered to my taps with resulting waste water taken away and treated. £3 would probably only get me 6 litres of Evian, and that's taking advantage of a deal! Not only that, but in buying Evian (or Volvic, etc.) I'd have justified the production of a few plastic bottles which might be recycled but could easily end up in a landfill.

No water company is going to discourage the use of water for drinking, they're more concerned about the volume of a toilet cistern and the length of our showers, but it would probably help them out if we had an appreciation for just how good we're getting it. If instead of taking it for granted we value our water, we might even make a more conscious effort to save in our daily routines.

We moan to the government when prices go up and our politicians talk about freezing household bills to win votes, but when the lights go out and water stops flowing we'll only have ourselves to blame. Water should be more expensive than it is, given how much it is wasted and how strained resources are becoming, raising awareness of how cheap it currently is might even make us all slightly more accepting of the inevitable price increases that will come in the future as the older parts of the networks start falling apart and need replacing.

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Janet Bradley Apr 7, 2015

Very good post matt.... we do need to appreciate the good quality water that we have.. and I like the comparison to Evian you have made...

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John Bristow Mar 31, 2015

This wouldn't make me save water, if anything this concept would make me use more water than I do at present because I don't carry a bottle of water around with me.  As a result this concept cannot be altered unless it was scrapped which would be the only improvement.

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anita lewis Apr 1, 2015

This isnt supposed to be about water saving but instead water awareness and intended to reinforce   the quality of our water supply and how lucky we are to have this great resource on tap!it is to remind us we dont need to waste money on bottled water unlike in other countries .

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

Well said bambi.

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Katie100 Apr 2, 2015

it is supposed to be about getting people to think about saving water though, (look to top of page where category Water Aware is explained.) I think I get it a bit more now - if we properly value the drinking quality of the water we may not waste it so much on showering in it and flushing the loo with it too much.  I'm just not convinced it would work.

An ad showing someone going to the supermarket, paying for and loading up with bottled water, coming home and flushing their loo with it - that might have an effect on me!

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Janet Bradley Apr 2, 2015

That would make a good ad KatieW.

 

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Janet Bradley Apr 2, 2015

I personally don't think that this is the most critical of the suggestions...

I still think there are really 2 critical points from this forum:

a) save water don't waste it.

b) don't flush things you shouldn't down the loo!

 

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

We have potable water delivered to our homes by pipe.... We use that lovely water to wash ourselves, wash our cars, water the garden..... Then some of us are daft enough to go and BUY bottled water as they don't value the water that they have piped to their homes. Surely, if we are reminded about how good our tap water is we will protect it and not waste it.

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

Oh..and the cheap plastic water bottles we buy with bottled water, end up on beaches with the wipes. It's part of the throwaway, unnecessary society we live in.

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George Richardson Apr 1, 2015

Water regions,or collectively, sponsored adverts These using the same theme but constantly changing topics could really hit people where it maters. The pocket.  Starting perhaps with that common Sunday practice of car washing. Father and two children with buckets of soapy water and sponges in hand washing the car. then clean water each to swill down and leather down. then the punch.Showing the same buckets being filled with bottled water,and showing difference in cost.  Adding very strongly the same goes for the price if drinking.

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Janet Bradley Apr 2, 2015

Could be an interesting campaign...

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George Richardson Apr 1, 2015

This campaign run over several months would surely make thousands turn back to their taps,which served the nations drinking public for decades.I do not think bottled water buyers make their tea with it,they haven't been persuaded on that one.Just think of the hundreds of plastic bottles that would not be made.

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mark burns Apr 2, 2015

ill be honest and say i dont have any i always just wash my bottle out form the gym and top it up at home and put it in the fridge, but  will have a look at these 

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George Richardson Apr 2, 2015

P.S.My remark on the campaign running over many months should have ended==========Just think of the hundreds of thousands of plastic bottlesthat would save being made.

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George Richardson Apr 2, 2015

There are a multiplicity of companies selling and producing water bottles of all sizes using many types of material for many uses. Cycling,camping picnics,work lunch .school lunch etc. What any one individual buys is down to many things including price,design,material and end usage.  However if the water companies started a campaign,to send one good quality Water Bottle to every household ,with the option to buy more,they could spearhead a campaign against the proliferation of bottled water use and fighting againt the pollution caused in the making and disposing of millions of plastic bottles.-------------------They could have their Logo on these Water Bottles with some catchy phrase below,  "Water for Health",  "Healthy People Drink Water "  and on the reverse extol  the virtues and availability,of Tap Water or whatever message they wanted to pass on.======Offer schools discounted prices for bulk,with the schools own logo and colour of choice.Proactive water companies bringing the public on board,before the looming problems surface.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

There is one problem.... People may view these free bottles as disposable... It's easy to get another one... So they may begin throwing these away too... As these will need to be made of better quality, that could end up making a worse issue of thrown away bottles!

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anita lewis Apr 4, 2015

Will need to be made very clear in the marketing. 

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

That was why i said if the water companies did this they would be of good quality.It would be easy to emboss on lid something like "Your Friend For  Life " If run in conjunction with a campaign and good quality why would people throw them away.==========Always accepting the old phrase  "Well there's always one."

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

Whenever you don't pay for something, there will always be many who won't appreciate it and will lose it or throw it... Sad fact of life.

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Mary O'Connor Apr 4, 2015

I always keep hold of bottles that I have bought and just keep refilling them. I did have a metal flask, but after putting honey and lemon in it it went a bit funny.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

I have found that only water works in many of these bottles, as soon as you add other flavours, the taste lingers... There are so many who don't like just water....can't abide it. I have never understood this as I love water, but my mum won't drink plain water, always wants to add something!

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Mary O'Connor Apr 4, 2015

The honey and lemon was only due to illness. I normally only drink water, I used to have squash in it, but now I only drink water by itself. I do prefer the taste of bottled water rather than tap water though.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

I find it depends on where you are... my old house the tap water tasted horrid, so I did use a Brita Water filter and it improved it somewhat... Where I live now, the water tastes better and is very soft water too...

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anita lewis Apr 4, 2015

You do need a certain type of plastic to avoid the water tasting funny and it does need to be cold.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

If the water in the plastic bottle tastes of plastic it won't last. I had free promo water bottles from a cycling event... The water doesn't taste as good from these as my expensive Camelbak bottles.... I only use my free bottles when desperate. Hubby won't use those ones at all, he sticks to Camelbak or even more expensive Sigg bottles.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

If the water companies went along with this idea they would certainly make sure that that would not be an issue.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

If people are stupid enough to throw away a good quality gift,then more fool they,sometime soon when they have to buy one by then at i have no doubt a much higher price,they will regret it.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

As water reduces becoming more expensive,so will the cost of manufactured goods.Then the war years generation who knew about frugality will have all but faded away,leaving a whole new world for the throwawaynsociety to discover

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Eirlys Evans Apr 5, 2015

Too true George!

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

aster1x i missed your post on knitted water bottle covers,can i place my order now.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

you probably would need to place your order now... I knit very slowly!!

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

That would be fine i am going nowhere. Water does taste differently in various areas,ours too is very soft and very pallatable,but i guess that is for each company to sort for their clients.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

It is... and no one should be thought of badly if they don't like the taste of their tap water... it is down to taste.

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Eirlys Evans Apr 7, 2015

Hi George and all

I used to love tap water, but ours has an horrible taste. I've just, purchased a Brita water bottle with its own filter. Hopefully this will encourage me to drink more water.   I've said before about moving into the countryside over 60 years ago, well I went to live in a cottage in the middle of a woods.  We had no water or sewage system and got our water from a well.  That was the best tasting water that, I have ever tasted.  In the summer it was cold and refreshing.  The toilet was a shed with a plank with two seats, "togetherness?".  I think that is why I value our on tap water and our sewage system. I would never take our water for granted after carrying buckets of freezing water in the middle of winter.

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Katie100 Apr 7, 2015

This post is dividing opinion - so far 5 votes up but 2 down - .So anyone who hasn't voted yet, If you think buying a crystal clear bottle from a supermarket would make you appreciate tap water more - so much so that you'd be more likely to consider saving it a bit more - then vote up - if you don't think all that vote down and let's see where we end up with this.

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Janet Bradley Apr 7, 2015

I am basing my vote not on a cheap plastic bottle from a supermarket... but a good quality bottle that will last the test of time... I would prefer to contribute to a good quality one... than have a cheap one.

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George Richardson Apr 7, 2015

A good Quality bottle from the Water Companies,with stickers and masses of useful,informative information,and easily explained statistics on the value of frugality,  Possibly.  A cheap £1 crystal clear bottle from local supermarket..Just More to Throw Away.

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George Richardson Apr 7, 2015

Well reasoned points matthawk.  People are really strange in the way they think and deal with things. As the old Yorkshire saying goes "There's Nowt Queerer Than Folk.    At a bargain £3 for 6 litres of Evian,people drink it up.     You imagine the Press,Public and Political haranguing the Water Companies would get if they put their price up 100% to £6 for 500 Litres.[Currently £3 for1000 litres. ]

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Murray S Apr 8, 2015

A £1 bottle does nothing but create more rubbish. At £1 it'd have no value to me and i'd forget it at football / leave it at work / ditch it without thinking. A £5 bottle or £10 bottle however would be pricey enough to subliminally help me start thinking of tap water as a valuable resource simply because the receptacle is valuable. Plastic Evian / Vittel / Highland Spring bottles are not made to be used over and over - the make-up of the plastic means that it's not advisable to reuse these bottles. In London the water tastes dreadful unless ice cold, and any bottle for use in this city would need a filter. In Scotland I do not need encouragement to drink the tap water and shun the water bottles - I value it so much more there because it tastes so much better.

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Kate Humpho Apr 8, 2015

I have finally found water bottles that work, don't leak, don't get smelly, so they get daily use from our lot. I don't think the idea of a £1 bottle sets it apart from the standard bottled water Bottles. It would need to be very well made, of large enough volume to be useful. the water bottles we've been using also have a removable collar with a lanyard attached, makes it far more portable. 

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Janet Bradley Apr 9, 2015

Yes... I think many are in agreement that a cheap bottle isn't the solution... it's better to have a good bottle than a rubbish one.

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