Growing up in Baton Rouge I was never exposed to bottled water until I was grown. Baton Rouge tap water is some of the purest water in any municipal water system in the country. I don't even remember seeing bottled water for sale in stores except for distilled water. My grandparents lived in a small town near Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas. The water there tasted kind of funny but I didn't hate it. My grandmother always had a glass container of cold tap water in the fridge. New Orleans water has always had a horrible taste and I have been other places where the tap water is basically undrinkable. I just ran across a story on Yahoo about bottle water. It seems that about 45% of all bottled water is tap water that has been treated. Including the popular brands Aquafina and Dasani. Most of the bottle water comes from California, a state with water problems of their own http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-bottled-water-comes-california-200816657.html I keep a couple of case of bottled water around in case of a hurricane. Even though I have never lost my water after a hurricane. I keep a few bottles in the fridge just to give to anybody around who wants some water and is leaving so I don't have to look for a plastic cup for them to take with them. But I almost always drink a glass of tap water with ice cubes when I want a drink of water. The only time I ever buy a bottle of cold water is if I am away from my house and want water instead of a Coke or some juice.