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Best deals and availability on water?


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Ok, since many of us are still under boil-water advisories I figured I'd start a thread for those that spot particularly good water deals around town.

My latest "victory" was an 18.5 litre jug at the convenience store on the corner of Hornby and Beach. It was $10. Quite heavy to carry though!

Others?

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Drive to Coquitlam and fill up your 40L camping jugs? :)

I managed to score a bunch of 1L bottles from Costco on Seattle while I was visiting as well! 45L for about $9.00US

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I did, and got about 5 oz. in one night. It looks like a lot of water is coming down, but you'd have to put a lot of buckets out to get enough for a whole day - if you drink as much water as I do, that is.

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I'm not buying any more bottled water! After last night, when I paid $2.30 each for three 1 litre bottles because IGA was sold out of their 4 litre jugs, I've had it with schlepping around to stores and lugging the bloody stuff home. I live in the South Granville area and the water doesn't look much different than usual. I drink so much water that I was having to replenish my stock almost every day and decided that last night was it. They're just covering their asses with all this boiled water advisory crap. :angry:

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I've only been brushing my teeth, showering and washing my dishes with tap water and no ill effect.

But I am running out of drinking and cooking water.

My question, what kind of water are you getting when you fill up at the local Safeway, IGA, etc. Is it as safe as bottled? I understand you need more than a filter to have it drinkable.

Any science specialists out there?

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As an aside, I made persian rice with tap water last night and it was ever so slightly earthy in flavour. I actually kinda liked it. Worked well with the saffron mmm.

There's always a silver lining :biggrin:

I am getting a little tired of having my coworkers try to sell me their tap water from the tri-cities and calling me names like "Brown Water Boy". Oye.

"There are two things every chef needs in the kitchen: fish sauce and duck fat" - Tony Minichiello

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I've only been brushing my teeth, showering and washing my dishes with tap water and no ill effect.

But I am running out of drinking and cooking water.

My question, what kind of water are you getting when you fill up at the local Safeway, IGA, etc.  Is it as safe as bottled?  I understand you need more than a filter to have it drinkable. 

Any science specialists out there?

Water discussion on Waiterforum.

My guess is with the gigantic refillable bottles at Safeway, that water is filtered. That is all. I do not know this for a fact, again just a guess, but if that is the case then my advice would be to just buy a Brita and save yourself a lot of backache lugging those things around (not to mention dough).

Or just drink the damn tap water. Keep you strong like bull.

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Not sure if there's any still available, but the IGA Marketplace at Burrard and Smithe was selling 24 500 ml bottles for $3 yesterday morning.

The mad water rush appears to have settled down for now though, since I went to the oh-so-convenient new Costco downtown last night and there was tons available.

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Not sure if there's any still available, but the IGA Marketplace at Burrard and Smithe was selling 24 500 ml bottles for $3 yesterday morning.

The mad water rush appears to have settled down for now though, since I went to the oh-so-convenient new Costco downtown last night and there was tons available.

Claudia : it is all a big media hype.

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I've only been brushing my teeth, showering and washing my dishes with tap water and no ill effect.

But I am running out of drinking and cooking water.

My question, what kind of water are you getting when you fill up at the local Safeway, IGA, etc.  Is it as safe as bottled?  I understand you need more than a filter to have it drinkable.  

Any science specialists out there?

Dr. Patricia Daly from Vancouver Coastal Health is featured on Studio 4 (Shaw cable 4) today, discussing the boil water advisory, and answering phone in questions. She advised not to brush your teeth with tap water, as there is a possibility of ingesting some water. I'd tend to think cooking with the water might be be okay though, since you're probably boiling it for at least a minute?

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My question, what kind of water are you getting when you fill up at the local Safeway, IGA, etc.  Is it as safe as bottled?  I understand you need more than a filter to have it drinkable. 

The filter must be at the level of 1 micron or less to filter out parasites. It is not the soil or dirt that is colouring the water to worry about, it's the potential of animal based organisms that haven't been neutralized with chlorine that is the concern until the boil water advisory is lifted from the Seymour and Capilano watersheds.

"If cookin' with tabasco makes me white trash, I don't wanna be recycled."

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My question, what kind of water are you getting when you fill up at the local Safeway, IGA, etc.  Is it as safe as bottled?  I understand you need more than a filter to have it drinkable. 

The filter must be at the level of 1 micron or less to filter out parasites. It is not the soil or dirt that is colouring the water to worry about, it's the potential of animal based organisms that haven't been neutralized with chlorine that is the concern until the boil water advisory is lifted from the Seymour and Capilano watersheds.

They can say what they like about not worrying about the soil, but last Friday, the stock pot of water I had boiled and left on the stove overnight for counter-washing etc. had a quarter-inch of silt at the bottom. Which then left a greasy film when I queasily emptied the pot.

So I mean if it were wartime and I had no other options, I would be perfectly resigned to drinking it, and would be using Melitta filters to try to remove some of the dirt. Having other options, however, means that I choose not to drink/brush my teeth/water my animals with it until the NTUs are down in single-digits, preferably below 5. I am much happier about the dog drinking rainwater in the alley than this stuff (which, admittedly, is no longer so murky).

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^ :biggrin:

I knew my camping filter would come in handy. Water comes out clear and it takes care of 'most' organisms.

"There are two things every chef needs in the kitchen: fish sauce and duck fat" - Tony Minichiello

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They can say what they like about not worrying about the soil, but last Friday, the stock pot of water I had boiled and left on the stove overnight for counter-washing etc. had a quarter-inch of silt at the bottom. Which then left a greasy film when I queasily emptied the pot.

So I mean if it were wartime and I had no other options, I would be perfectly resigned to drinking it, and would be using Melitta filters to try to remove some of the dirt. Having other options, however, means that I choose not to drink/brush my teeth/water my animals with it until the NTUs are down in single-digits, preferably below 5. I am much happier about the dog drinking rainwater in the alley than this stuff (which, admittedly, is no longer so murky).

Oh, I completely agree Deborah, I just typed that down as Dr. Daly said it, just happpened to catch her comment as I read another post here, something in reference to drinking filtered water, all should be okay. Concerned me a bit, when she mentioned the level of filtration required to filter out the peskies, a Brita probably just wouldn't cut it. :wink: The dirt itself is indeed a turnoff, the water I was intending to cook the 'taters in was dirtier than the potatoes were before I cleaned them. :wacko:

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