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Old 24-11-2015, 09:38   #16
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Re: Watermaker Myths

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I see some first world 'privilege' here, people may not be as trusting elsewhere, and you really can't blame them.

I've seen what I call a work ethic in the midwest of the U.S., and Germany, and this does not exist everywhere in the world. Once you are outside of North America and Europe, you really have to be careful.

It costs me a bundle to import French and Italian bottled water, but it makes me feel better.

Tellie is probably right, the watermaker water is very good, but it's the trust in govt officials and manufacturers that many in this world just don't have.

Colombian town sues after drinking feces-ridden water for 20 years - UPI.com
But if people can't trust themselves using a quality watermaker, what makes them think they can trust a water bottling company?

I've seen first hand, locals down in Mexico refilling used water bottles with tap water. I saw the same thing while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.
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Old 24-11-2015, 09:48   #17
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Re: Watermaker Myths

I've posted it before, and will post it again.

Evian water spelled backwards is Naive.

Webster's Dictionary definition of Naive:

1 marked by unaffected simplicity : artless, ingenuous

2 deficient in worldly wisdom or informed judgment; especially : credulous

BTW, we have, use, and drink our Spectra water and prefer it to our home's community water which is still very good water.
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Old 24-11-2015, 09:51   #18
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Re: Watermaker Myths

A lot of bottled water is RO , IE Dasani . Some people don't like the taste of Dasani , I do . Read the labels on some of the bottled stuff , "RO" hey dosent that work just like a water maker?

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But if people can't trust themselves using a quality watermaker, what makes them think they can trust a water bottling company?

I've seen first hand, locals down in Mexico refilling used water bottles with tap water. I saw the same thing while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.

That's absolutely correct that a lot of bottled water comes right from the hose, Pepsi in the U.S. uses city water, filters it, maybe puts it under UV, and that's it.

What I'm talking about is not 'the water', I'm talking about perception. It really has nothing to do with the water, it's about trust and confidence in govt officials and manufacturers, which is high amongst first worlders, and very low amongst 3rd worlders.

Saying that something is 'quality', whether it's a Spectra watermaker, or a Volkswagen TDI engine, does not make it that way to most of the world.....again, perception. (BTW, I'm specing a boat, and I'll use a Spectra.)

I've used bottled water for 35 years, it has worked fine for me and my family, and no one has ever gotten sick, I've developed a confidence in it....so again, it's the perception.
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Old 24-11-2015, 10:25   #20
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Re: Watermaker Myths

Trust Ken to start a thread that has me hanging my jaw in disbelief. Really . Really?? There are people who would NOT drink RO water, yet would put their faith in bottled water? Bizarre.

I'm used to defending the idea of drinking marina water from my 200 gallon water tank since I can't afford a watermaker (not yet ). Now you tell me some people still use bottled water after they've installed a quality watermaker ... I just don't understand...
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Old 24-11-2015, 10:28   #21
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Re: Watermaker Myths

I don't really care if people want to pay through the nose for bottled water (tho it makes me wonder, people complain about the price of gas, but not of bottled water) but sailors?
I used to think we were a bit more concerned with the environment than most people

I don't drink water straight from my tank (it's old and on the list for replacement) -- I boil it first. Maybe that's just me, but water that's been sitting in a tank for a while ... hmmm. Not if there's an alternative I use it for coffee / tea / dishes / etc. etc.

In the galley, I have a small 10L tank I can easily keep clean without adding chemicals to it, and I use that tank to drink from. I also have a couple of non-plastic bottles I fill with tap water to drink on board or bring with me when I go out.

The whole "water myth" is making the big corporations millions and millions of dollars. Job well done, cos they have actually convinced the Western world, with all it's clean tap water, that bottled water is "better". It. Is. Not.

On a side note: a friend of mine refuses any water but bottled water. But she'll drink softdrinks like coca cola. So she goes thirsty when she visits me
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Re: Watermaker Myths

We got our watermaker specifically to have clean drinking water!!!!


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We got our watermaker specifically to have clean drinking water!!!!
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Let's see, trust in myself to evaluate the input source water and the watermaker output, or trust in some entirely unknown bottling facility who knows where, with who knows what source water, process, and QA? I thought it was a no-brainer, but I guess not.
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People are funny. No proof that watermaker water is bad for you but lets have a smoke and talk about it .

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Trust Ken to start a thread that has me hanging my jaw in disbelief. Really . Really?? There are people who would NOT drink RO water, yet would put their faith in bottled water? Bizarre.

I'm used to defending the idea of drinking marina water from my 200 gallon water tank since I can't afford a watermaker (not yet ). Now you tell me some people still use bottled water after they've installed a quality watermaker ... I just don't understand...
Suck it up big boy!

Every self fill water dispenser in Supermarkets is city water and RO.

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I've seen first hand, locals down in Mexico refilling used water bottles with tap water. I saw the same thing while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.

Never, ever buy a beer in Korea, unless you open the bottle yourself, and even then a can is better, they can put a top back on a beer bottle
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Never, ever buy a beer in Korea, unless you open the bottle yourself, and even then a can is better, they can put a top back on a beer bottle

Although I was a rum and coke guy in the bars, Hite is a pretty damn good beer.
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Re: Watermaker Myths

Our RO water aboard began to taste funny so I went off it until I checked the water tank and lines and found that they were the problems.
Once they were replaced, RO water never tasted better. We stay away from bottled water because my son worked in a bottled water factory for a summer and told us things about bottled water that are unrepeatable in front of a polite audience! Phil
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Re: Watermaker Myths

I did a project at a Sparklets bottled water (the 16 oz bottles) in Southern California years ago. They took city water and put it through an R.O. system, and then bottled it. Profit on the product is outrageous.
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Re: Watermaker Myths

Oh come on, don't hold back!!! Do tell.

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Our RO water aboard began to taste funny so I went off it until I checked the water tank and lines and found that they were the problems.
Once they were replaced, RO water never tasted better. We stay away from bottled water because my son worked in a bottled water factory for a summer and told us things about bottled water that are unrepeatable in front of a polite audience! Phil
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