susita83 wrote:I live in NY and drink the tap water. I've never been a fan of bottled water. I'm convinced it's magical or something. It makes the most awesome breads, bagels & pizza.
Drinking tap water in Lima is not an ideological issue, at least not for me. It's not even a public health issue. It's nothing more than a question of taste. The water here is heavily chlorinated, much more so than anything I've ever encountered in the United States. I would prefer that my coffee in the morning and my soups for lunch and my steamed vegetables for dinner not taste like they had been made with water drained from a public swimming pool.
I'm glad that you enjoy the tap water in New York. I'm sure you also enjoy the clean air, honest police officers, world-class art galleries, fine cocktail lounges, efficient public transportation systems as well as the beautiful, safe and well-tended community gardens, full of flowers and butterflies, not to mention the awesome breads, bagels & pizza you seem to love. New York has some of the best drinking water in the world, thanks largely to an enormous underground aqueduct that brings unfiltered and virtually unchlorinated glacial lake water into the city from the Croton, Catskill and Delaware watersheds in the north, all of which unlike the mountains above Lima are protected environmental zones. The new tunnel only cost $6 billion to construct - about 25% of the nation of Peru's total budget - and the water it provides to the city of New York is truly wonderful, and possibly even magical, as you describe. If I were in New York, I would not hesitate to drink and cook with water straight from the tap. I also would not be asking questions on the internet about water or anything else, nor answering them with statements about how good life is in America.
But I live in Lima, Peru, for better or worse. And in Lima drinking water from reusable bottles is a reasonable choice given the reality of options available. In my view San Luis water was the best among those options. So unless you plan on bottling New York's truly magical tap water and shipping it to us here in Peru, I'm going to do whatever I can to find a suitable bottled water replacement within the city limits. Let me know if have any suggestions.