Posted by: Debra Kolkka | October 17, 2015

Drink from the tap

There is a campaign in Italy to encourage people to stop buying bottled water and to drink from taps. I saw this sign on a bus recently.

Don't drink bottled water

I think it will take a while for this to take effect. There are whole areas in supermarkets devoted to bottled water and I see it in every shopping cart.

Supermarket water

I don’t understand the fascination with bottled water. Of course it is convenient to buy it while you are out and about,  but surely not necessary at home.

On top of that there are water fountains in most towns where you can fill up your bottles for free….why buy the stuff???

Water fountain Lucca

I think it is a waste of resources. What do you think?



  1. I couldn’t agree more!

    • It seems pointless to me to buy bottled water, when tap water is perfectly fine.

  2. I think so too. When I am in Italy I usually keep filling my bottled water from fountains ..its so convenient and cheap!

    • It is a great idea to fill your bottle or flask from fountains.

      • Longing to be in Italy

  3. Yes I agree with you. I cannot understand why anybody should buy water in a plastic bottle when the water is ok from the tap. Is your area ok. I read about the awful floods in northern Italy

    • We have had lots of rain and it is cold and miserable today, but we have had no damage that I know of. We have been lucky.

  4. Totally agree and argue about it with my children……

    • At one point people were walking around drinking from bottles all the time. That fad seems to have died down, but bottled water is still popular. I don’t get it.

  5. I totally agree. Not to mention how much the back hurts after carrying those heavy water bottles….

    • Yes, those water bottles are heavy.

  6. I like to drink tap water but I put it through a Brita filter first. The attraction is that sometimes the tap water just doesn’t taste that good in some areas. One of my relatives had a country house where the water smelled like sulfur and didn’t taste that great, so they put in a water filtration system and that made the water much more palatable.

    • Our water in Brisbane doesn’t taste great, but a filter helps. At Casa Debbio we have our own spring, which is great.

  7. We also use the fountains for a refill, but some towns do have water problems, for instance, Montefiascone has arsenic in their water. It is near lake Bolsene. The locals don’t drink it!

    • whoops,, Bolsena.

      • Arsenic in the water would be a definite problem.

  8. I agree. I never buy bottled water.

    • It has its place when you are out and about, but I don’t think it is necessary all the time.

  9. Water bottles are a horror, the convenience aside – appealing to laziness it is TAP WATER IN THE PLASTIC BOTTLE! It is nothing special. I have never been in the habit of buying it – too lazy – and the worry of hot plastic leaching chemicals into my drink is terrifying. Of course I would much prefer to drink wine. But it has to stop – it is a real epidemic.. c

    • In some cases here in Italy bottled wine is cheaper than bottled water.

      • I knew there was another reason why I wanted to get back there soon!

  10. It does have its place when you’re out and about, or if your water tastes terrible from the tap….

    • Brisbane water doesn’t taste the best but if you put it in the fridge it is a bit better.

  11. My thoughts entirely. I noticed that tap water is now served in French restaurants throughout the countryside and hope Italian restaurants begin to do so too.

    • It does happen quite a lot around this area as many of the restaurants use the spring water.

  12. My favorite fountain in Lucca!

    • It is wonderful. I often see people filling up their bottles there, but it was raining when I took the photo.

  13. I started drinking bottled water when our water bill showed the % of carcinogens in the water. 🙂

    • I would do that too.

  14. Totally agree. When I am in Italy I buy the first bottle of water and then re fill it. Maybe next year I will take my special flask that I got in Hawaii this year. I refill here in Aus so why not everywhere.

    • I think it is a bit of a fad, which maybe is on the way out.

  15. I agree 100%. Especially if the water is simply bottled tap water!

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    • I do like sparkling water when I am at a restaurant, but apart from that tap water is just fine.

  16. We have stainless steel water bottles; fill them at home. Before we used a Brita filter; but suspecting they too held bacteria as the filter aged; moved on to something else. It is a copper jug, with lid, that we bought in Indian Town (Toronto). It claims to be the safest (and most efficient) way to diminish anything ‘harmful’ in the water (hence food etc. stored in copper jugs, in practise for hundreds of years) when left for a period of 24 hours in the fridge (I guess outside too). We fill it at night with tap water, empty the previous days contents into a glass jug, kept on the counter, use it the following day and then, at night, repeat the performance. Have been doing so for a number of years; have gifted them to others who really liked the idea and they, in turn, have passed on the idea to others. Everyone who’s seen it, heard about it, wants a copper jug. To clean it you can use lemon juice. Nothing harsh or toxic going on with this one. Looks kinda pretty too!

    • This sounds like a great idea.

  17. Couldn’t agree more, I just hate it if I ever have to buy a bottle.

    • It seems a bit pointless.

  18. I agree! Even though we have a plastic recycling program, it’s better not to buy it at all. I carry a canteen bottle when I’m on the go, so I don’t have to buy the plastic bottles. I hope that ad campaign catches on.

    • I hate plastic bottles. They can’t be good for anything.

  19. I hate bottled water! I do whatever I can to avoid it. I think of all the waste of plastic and how many times I see plastic water bottles thrown out. It makes me sad. I always carry a reusable water bottle around and one for the kids. We are seeing more and more refilling stations for water bottles now in the US and it always gives you a number of what impact you make on the environment by refilling a bottle. Glad Italy is trying to change. We can too!

    • With a bit of luck the silly bottled water fad will go away.

  20. Plastic, plastic, plastic! We do not need more plastic. We are being conditioned by corporations to think that factory produced food and water is healthier.

    • We certainly do not need endless plastic bottles.

  21. I think it is great that in Italy there are water fountains available in so many places. I have drunk water from them many times and the water was so good and I never got sick from it.

    In Florence I was even able to test 2 kinds of water right in the center of town, all free. So indeed there is no point to buy bottled water there since the fresh water is much better for us and free.

    I wish similar water fountains with water safe to drink would be available in all other countries as well. This would certainly help the environment and people would be also able to save a lot of money. Besides tap water quality should be improved, so people could drink it as well.

    • Italy has lots of natural springs, we have one at our house. They don’t exist everywhere.

  22. I so agree with you, Debra. It’s become a silly fashion.

    • With a bit of luck the fad is on the way out.

  23. I have to admit being a bottle water fan in Italy – for the taste. Also I guess because it’s a treat to find all the water brands that cost a fortune in Australia costing relatively little in Italy. It sounds like a good idea though. All that plastic is a concern…

    • I understand that. I admit to liking frizzante water, but I try to keep it to a minimum.

  24. When the first bottled water came out, it was called Evian. They made a killing touting how much cleaner their water was than tap water, and they charged a hefty price for getting their water in a bottle. However testing proved that it was no more “pure” or “clean” than the water anyone could get from the local taps. Someone finally figured out that it was all a con to get money for the two “entrepreneurs” who started the company. You see, “Evian” spelled backwards is “naïve.” 🙂

    • I think there is some need for bottled water, but not as an every day thing. It is waste of money and resources.

  25. Not every country/city has a good water from a tap. I know places where tap water is simply dangerous for health.

    • Then they would need to drink bottled water, but where the tap water is good it seems pointless to buy water.

      • I am agree. For example, in Switzerland.

  26. Not only is it not necessary to drink only bottled water but the problem of the left over plastic bottles is also a huge problem world wide.

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