Water, Am I Right?


Drinking fountain running by the office at 7:50am on Wednesday April 28th, 2020 inside the Lakeland High School.

Melia Blackwell, Opinions Writer

“I literally water plants for a living, if I’m dehydrated while working outside in the scolding sun, I’m going to drink from a hose but there is no difference from a faucet and a hose other than where it is located.” Stated by Dan Harris, a competitive bass fisherman and landscaper for Kootenai County.

Back in the early 2000’s; 2000-2009, people would drink from hoses when they were outside playing or working because it was hot outside, you weren’t limited to a glass, and you could spray yourself with the hose, to get cooled off.

But now, people say it isn’t healthy, it’s not being filtered through a sink and it’s only meant for gardens or washing vehicles.

Harris says, “I rarely ever get sick, I drink from hoses and from the lake if it’s an emergency. I’m healthy and I don’t see anything wrong with drinking from it.”

According to Ecocenter.org, they state, “The heat from the sun can increase the leaching of chemicals from the PVC into the water. Don’t drink water from a hose: Unless you know for sure that your hose is drinking water safe, don’t drink from it. Even low levels of lead may cause health problems.”

People have taken advantage of water. They are becoming picky and will only drink a certain type of water; whether that be faucet water, water from a drinking fountain or bottled water. There are also people who only drink certain types of bottled water. ‘I only drink bottled water by FIJI.’ 

Why do people only drink a certain type of water? Well, they could be made differently. Some water has sugar, salt or carbonation. 

According to Time.com, they state, “Popular bottled water brand Dasani, for example, lists magnesium sulfate, potassium chloride, and salt alongside purified water on its Nutrition Facts label.” 

Why can’t water just be purified water? Consumers need it to survive not because it tastes good. But the companies want people to drink more water so they add other components to it that way it has a flavor to it.

Some people add flavor packets or MiO, a small bottle with flavoring in it that can be added to sparkling water or regular water because they get tired of regular water.

Does the water we drink change because of technology? I could argue so. For example, before technology all people wanted was purified water so they can drink it, be healthy and not get sick. 

Today, you have many people who are so picky because they know what water can taste like and they know how much they’d have to pay for certain brands like FIJI.