Dear 100 Hour Board,
In a typical day, do you drink more tap water or bottled water?
-D. Hyde Raeted
Dear D. Jekyll,
Tap, because bottled water is wasteful and not necessarily better for you.
It can be convenient, though.
Definitely tap water. I have this handy thing called a Klean Kanteen; it's a stainless steel thermos. If I fill it with ice water, then said water will remain icy (as in, with visible ice chunks still floating in it) for days on end. It's amazing, really, and much better than any little plastic bottle could do.
If I may gush about it a little more, since it's stainless steel, the thermos doesn't retain any flavors. During my recent expedition to Mars, I would go from water to Gatorade to a different flavor of Gatorade and back to water, and I never got any aftertaste. I thought that was super cool.
Stay thirsty (and hydrated), my friends.
I am guilty of buying an occasional plastic bottle if I'm in a desperate situation, but I refill it until I lose it.
However, it is often filled with filtered tap water, so interpret that as you will.
I avoid bottled water because I think I'm sensitive to the chemicals in the cheap plastic.
However, I really don't like how the tap water in Utah tastes. To keep myself sane, I bought a water filter and always keep some cold filtered tap water in the fridge. It's wonderful.