There was an article on Yahoo’s front page last week warning consumers about the risks of drinking bottled water. Most of us have heard the rumors claiming that bottle water is nothing more than marketed tap water so I assumed this story was more of the same.
And it may have been.
I didn’t read it.
After all. We don’t buy bottled water.*
The Calabrian mountains produce the freshest drinking water money can’t buy and a locally-owned water company, Calabria, bottles and sells it throughout the region.
So we go to the source.
Comfortably situated in the mountains between Girifalco and Cortale are acres of land where day-trippers can head out, have a cookout or picnic and bottle their own water.
We have another source a bit closer to home. Located just north of downtown Catanzaro, this watering hole stays pretty busy with elderly black-cloaked women filling one-liter bottles while anxious teens try to sneak in and fill the bottles they plan to sell down the road.
The water is constantly pouring from the spout and it comes out refreshingly cold and ready to drink.
Not convinced? Here are five reasons you should not drink bottled water. Read that, then come back.
You back? Ok then.
Remember, these aren’t the only places you can tap into the fresh mountain water source – they are literally sprinkled throughout Calabria, and in fact, throughout Italy. Next time you see a natural water source in Calabria, save yourself a few centesimi and fill up your own bottles. You know what they say? When in Rome Catanzaro …
Have you ever tried water from a natural source? I had friends visit once who refused to try it because they were worried about sanitation. Would you agree with them? If not, what would you say to them to convince them it was safe?
* In a comically ironic twist, as I was typing the words “we don’t buy bottled water,” my husband walked in with two grocery bags full of, I kid you not, bottled drinking water. They aren’t for us, though. He plans to offer them to the guests who stay at our bed and breakfast here in Catanzaro. Ha. Just when you think you know somebody …