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We have recently been away camping and bought some bottled water instead of risking the stuff out of the taps at the camping ground. When we boiled the bottled water for cups of tea we were shocked to see the salt residue rising to the top of our cups. It didn't happen when we used rain water from the camping ground. It brought home to us just how full of mineral salts some of the bottled water is and how unhealthy it might be if you drink too much of it.
We have a filtrite filter tap and the quality of the water is much better, although normal tap water is drinkable, I think it has a funny taste and coming from Yorkshire, who has the best quality water in the world!!! ;) I am rather fussy. The kids seem to ask for water more since we've had the filter too.
They are quite cheap, $200 for installation plus a designer tap and $75 a year for a new filter fitting. We always keep a bottle in the fridge too as the water is warm comig out of the taps in summer.
I had always heard (now it could be some kind of old wives tale) that the cruise liners will not refill their water supply from Adelaide due to the taste and high levels of mineral content. Whether it's true or not i don't know but it could be as the water is pretty poor. And it makes sense why so many people fill up water jugs from the west end brewery to get decent water.
Personally i think the water tastes ok where we are...just something else you get used too!
Agree with the comments about hot water though...saves a fortune in heating water!!
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The times we've been camping, we've quite happily used the tap water (except when it's been raining and it comes out orange!)
I won't get puratap out of principal - I hate those adverts on the radio