Wahts wrong with tap water

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After listening to everyone go on about getting bottled water and shortages there of, I have to ask myself, whats wrong with filling containers with tap water ? 2 liter soda bottles, 1 gallon jugs, picnic containers, hell even the bathtub.


-- nyc (nycnyc@hotmail.com), December 31, 1999


Think about it. Everyone drinks tap water. Everyone dies. Therefore, tap water is lethal. Note that I am employing the same quality of analytical thinking as the majority of TimeBomb 2000 participants.

-- C.Y.N. (cyncyn@liamtoh.moc), December 31, 1999.

My tap water either reeks of chlorine or smells like insecticide. Seriously!

-- the Virginian (1@1.com), December 31, 1999.

Nothing, really, except the hassle. Also, the way I figure it, if Y2k is a bust, I have bottled water that I can use anytime, anywhere. How long are you going to keep water in your bathtub? What if everything is ok with your water system on Jan 1, but it goes down, without warning, on Jan 7? No time to fill your tub. Let's say you fill 1 gal plastic jugs with water and clorox, about 100 of them. Y2k turns out to be a big yawn. Are you really going to drink that water, or are you going to put it down the drain?

-- Kurt Ayau (Ayau@iwinet.com), December 31, 1999.

Let's say you fill 1 gal plastic jugs with water and clorox, about 100 of them. Y2k turns out to be a big yawn. Are you really going to drink that water, or are you going to put it down the drain?

Of course not. You relabel it as "Chateau Ayau, Vintage 1900" and sell it at $250/bottle.

-- Truk (Uaya@teniwi.moc), December 31, 1999.

Ok, the problem is not that water flows out of the tap, the problem is that the computer controls that decide how much or how little chemicals to dump in the water...

Too much, your toast...

Too little, your toast...

We wnet off any use of tap water except to flush the toilet yesterday, due to clock drift potentials...

-- Carl (clilly@goentre.com), December 31, 1999.

Whatever you do, don't drink what Carl's drinking. It seems to have affected his ability to spell correctly.

-- Truk (truk@loc.moc), December 31, 1999.

So did you spell check Truk?

-- Carl (clilly@goentre.com), December 31, 1999.

Well...I would guess no one in your household bakes bread? I know that if I use our tap water in baking, it kills the yeast (too much chlorine, etc)...just a thought.

-- Birdlady (Birdlady@nest.home), December 31, 1999.

Of course I did. I was named after an island in the Pacific Ocean.

-- Truk (Truk@loc.moc), December 31, 1999.


1. I meant fill the bottles before midnight.

2. Im spoiled I live in NYC , I forgot some people dont even drink tap water (my sympathies to all you Jerseyites)

3. Emptying my bath tub isnt a big deal for me *shrug*

4. Actually if nothing happens , Id add miracle grow to most of the water and use it to water the house plants, yes I have a lot of them

As far as the water is lethal comment, its refreshing to see someone still has a sense of humor


-- nyc (nycnyc@hotmail.com), December 31, 1999.

Wait a minute,

Clock Drift Potentials????????

You cant be serious, You dont own a gun do you?


-- nyc (nycnyc@hotmail.com), December 31, 1999.


When the thread leads with wahts, you assume it wasn't started by an english teacher...


Ya gotta be new here son. Yes, I have a "gun" hanging... also have a few weapons... has nothing to do with the fact I will not drink, cook, or otherwise consume anything coming out of the tap for the next week... my conclusion, draw your own...

-- Carl (clilly@goentre.com), December 31, 1999.

nyc- Not to worry. As I understand it, N.Y.C tap is among the best in the world. Really...I'm serious. Why do you think the bagels taste so good?

-- Gia (laureltree7@hotmail.com), December 31, 1999.

Carl, I hope your physician can optimize the dosage of your antidepressant medication next year.

-- Truk (truk@loc.moc), December 31, 1999.

Your right I deserve abuse for the typo in the title. Its like oh look fresh meat!!!!!

So Ill take it on the chin for that one.

Gias right tho, as I say Im spoiled, my tap water is superb, and frankly since its gravity fed I dont really worry about losin git persay. But if I lose power, I lose heat, If I lose heat , Ill have to shut my main or it will freeze and burst. So thats how I get around to storing tap water.BTW Since Ive posted this thread Ive filled 10 gallons already. Luckily the wife bought that gross budget soda in the 3 Litre bottles. Soda sucked, but the empties are downright handy right around now.

Carl, I was being a bit facetious, I figured if clock drift concerned you, youd have to be GI type, aka the gun . I guess i find it hard to believe that some peoples tap water is treated so heavily so as to be dangerous at this point.


-- nyc (nycnyc@hotmail.com), December 31, 1999.

Also, please do not try to self administer antidepressants. They are known to cause erectile dysfunction (a.k.a. "impotence").

-- Truk (truk@loc.moc), December 31, 1999.

As far as chlorine goes. Its not a huge concern to me for drinking, at normal levels anyway. IF chlorine is a concern for you, like for baking bread, just let it stand open for 24 hours and the chlorine evaporates.


-- nyc (nycnyc@hotmail.com), December 31, 1999.


I live in Ventura, just north of LA.. the water here when things are normal is nasty... you can smell the chlorine just turning the tap on...


Sorry, haven't done drugs in about 15 years... maybe thats whats wrong? Then I would probably get why someone names themself after a remote island?

Anyway, getting sleepy, see you tomorrow, I hope..

-- Carl (clilly@goentre.com), December 31, 1999.

Had to explain this one....

When you go through basic training, you do not refer to your weapon as a "gun"...

Anyone else here from about my time in basic, 60-70"s? Back me up... your "gun" hung between your legs, your "weapon" was your M-16... holding your "gun", well, you get it...

-- Carl (clilly@goentre.com), December 31, 1999.

Carl, you been drinking again!!! Truj wrote that he was named after an island in the Pacific Ocean, not that he named himself after an island in the Pacific Ocean. You should swing by the ophthalmologist Dr. Goldberg after you drop by your psychiatrist Dr. Silverstein. Oh yes, don't skip your AA meeting next week!!! Luv, Mom.

-- Mom (mom@mom.moc), December 31, 1999.

Hey Hey,

Im talking TAP WATER here!!!!!!!! Carls Drug and alcohol problems are of little interest to me. And now thats hes clarified the terminology, Im not that interested in his gun either.

Aside from tap water, I forgot , I also gotta stock up on COndoms and get a car lighter charger for my cell phone, so many last minute items. Gee I hope the drug store didnt have a run on them


-- nyc (nycnyc@hotmail.com), December 31, 1999.


Actually, I went "aw f*ck when he was born, but the nurse was a diplomatic soul, and so he wound up Truk... I swear I was sober, but dang he was ugly!

I'm teasing Truk... :)

-- Carl (clilly@goentre.com), December 31, 1999.

Now I have a drug and alcohol problem will nyc searches for condoms that fit?


-- Carl (clilly@goentre.com), December 31, 1999.


This is too fun, I was serious about the tap water tho Thank you all for the alternative perspective, it does clarify things a bit for me, seriously.

Its 2:45 am here and while I am enjoying myself I must go to bed.

Nite ALL nyc

-- nyc (nycnyc@hotmail.com), December 31, 1999.

Night nyc..

However, I was serious about don't drink or cook from the tap for a while...

And sorry Truk... we really meant to name you Chester...

-- Carl (clilly@goentre.com), December 31, 1999.

Carl, get the polyethylene condoms like Avanti or the new Trojan Supras. You can use oil-based lubricants like Albolene with them unlike latex-based condoms. That's particularly nice for us gals who also welcome visitors at the back door. The Trojans are slightly smaller than the Avantis though. Pick the right size for you; an oversized condom might result in leakage while a tight one will simply result in discomfort. Forget the ones labelled "Ribbed for Her Pleasure" - it's a total B.S. marketing device by men, for men. Any man who really knows what he's doing in bed will have proven it with his tongue way before his dick ever gets involved.

-- Mom (mom@mom.moc), December 31, 1999.


I'm impressed by your knowledge there.. but I do believe I'm going to pass on this one :)

"of equal importance is a woman that doesn't bite..."

-- Carl (clilly@goentre.com), December 31, 1999.

Happy dreams, Carl.

-- Mom (mom@mom.moc), December 31, 1999.

I have not drank tap water for 20 years now. I saw a test run on Chicago's tap water last summer using a device that forces dissolved solids to the surface. In fifteen minutes, the room reeked of a horrible odor, and there was four layers of different colors of solid matter at the top of the glass. I'll leave it to you to guess what it was. BTW, we tested some bottled water we had (steam distilled) and there was no solid matter collected.

Also, when I was a teenager, I worked on a waste water treatment plant one summer. I know what they do to 'tap' water. But -- you go right ahead, drink your tap water (if you still have water pressure to get it). I'm sure you have mutated to a state where it doesn't bother you....

-- Mello1 (mello1@ix.netcom.com), December 31, 1999.

You CANNOT have too much water. Fill bottles from the tap, fill the bathtub. It's the stakes, not the odds.

I'm keeping mine "rolling" for a week at least even if the water stays on, i.e. checking that the water is OK in the morning, emptying it to take a shower, then refilling it.

-- Servant (_@_._), December 31, 1999.

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