Monday, December 9, 2013
December 9. Day 343. Water, water everywhere
I hate to think how much I've spent on bottled water in the past year. There's been water with bubbles, water sourced from sparkling mountain streams, imported water and now even water in fancy pants bottles wrapped in a label designed to look like a famous model's swimwear line.
But you know what? It's all H20.
There are plenty of spots in the world where it has to be bottled or boiled if you don't want to risk life and limb or at the very least totally ruin your holiday. Brisbane, Australia, is not one of those places.
And yet while we may whinge about paying the "outrageous" price per litre for petrol (about $1.50 at the moment) we had over $3 for 600 mls of water without a second thought.
And what's worse, last time I checked water was pretty freely available from the tap. A little organisation might be required to bottle and chill it before leaving the house but it's not actually a big ask.
(Fuel, on the other hand, does not come straight from the tap unless you have a coal seam gas fracking industry gone wrong in your area. Google it, if you don't know what I'm talking about. In any case, we don't and that's a column for another day).
So there I was in Musgrave Park this afternoon with the dog and a $3 bottle of Natural Australian Spring Water when I saw a water bubbler and a procession on Noisy Miners lining up for a drink.
Which one of us has the bird brain? I might have a drink on that.