We grew up on some of the best water in the world, it was definitely the tastiest. As a matter of fact, my sister stopped drinking water when she left PNG, she says nothing comes close to that sweet rain-water and its just too much of a let-down to drink any other! We lived in a village 6,000 feet high in Papua New Guinea. We had three huge water tanks behind our house that collected rain water. Every morning and evening each of us kids had to do 200 pumps, by hand, to get the water to the water tank on the roof of our house so that we could have running water indoors. We also had a solar panel to heat our water, since we didn’t have electricity.
Recently we watched the documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars, which everyone must see. Water must remain a basic right. Affordable clean water is a common property of all humanity, animals and plants. Recently the information about bisphenol A and how it is leaching into water from the plastic bottles that have become all the rage has put the focus back on public water and the cleanliness of that supply. Around the world countries are taking fluoride out of their public water and it has also been found that high levels of pharmaceuticals — statins, birth control, antibiotics, prozac — you name it are in our drinking water.