Saturday, June 20, 2009

Drinking Water

My observant children have been noticing that water here in the U.S. tastes different from our water back home. I really don't think about it; I just drink it.

This is causing a bit of a problem because I really don't want to buy bottled water this summer unless I just don't have any other options. Paying $1 for a bottle of water just doesn't make sense to me. I know I can buy a big pack with a unit price being less than that, but I'm trying to avoid contributing more plastic waste to the environment.

Every morning before we get on the road, I fill a big cup with water from the home or hotel where we've been staying. The kids will eventually ask for a drink. When I hand them the cup, David says, "Is this tap water? If it is, I'm not drinking it."

Last night Tobi complained that the tap water in our hotel tastes thick. I said, "How can water be thick?" I went and took a drink, and it actually did taste thick.

I'm not sure that our water in Nigeria is actually better, but I guess that's the taste they're used to.


Steve Mercer said...

Something we have done when travelling is to draw a pitcher of water the night before and leave it on the dresser with the cap off. Somehow overnight, it changes. I don't know if it is the additives or our imagination, but so far it has worked. Good luck!
Steve and Sue

PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

What if you fill some "purchased water" bottles? Sure they will still taste like tap water, but bottled water isn't all the same anyway. The other alternative is one of those filters, but they are expensive, probably at least $20 for the pitcher and filter.

Wallestads said...

Perhaps you could pick up reusable water bottles that have filters built in. (Melissa's suggestion) Or you could have them run laps around whatever home/hotel you're staying in to work up a good thirst... then they'll drink whatever you give them. (Josh's suggestion)

See you all soon!

Stephen Huey said...

Ha, James & I don't even use anything like a Brita here in Houston! I'll admit that the fluoride or whatever all is in there can alter the flavor, but it doesn't bother me. Kehinde is telling me about some PBS Frontline program he recently watched, and it was all about water in the U.S. I guess there's a lot to it, but it hardly ever crosses my mind.

What I'd really like to hear from you is a blog post on whether you think the chicken tastes fatter here, or some other food comparison. The last time I was in Ghana and Nigeria, I felt like I immediately noticed how much leaner the meat is. Have your children detected a difference?