By Rebecca Martin
Tonight, it occurred to me. How many of us in Kingston are drinking water out of bottles?
What if everyone drank from the tap in Kingston instead? How many millions of new gallons would we be consuming?
Take the tap challenge!
1. DRINK FROM THE TAP! Cooper lake is a beautiful water source. However, there is chlorine and other things it picks up along the way to our taps through treatment and old infrastructure. Recently, we invested in a filtration system in our home and it’s been terrific. It can be as elaborate or as simple as you can afford and do a really great job at removing some or all of the stuff our bodies don’t need.
Carbon filters does remove chlorine, but does not deal with pharmaceuticals or heavy metals. Reverse Osmosis is the only solution. We even have a UV in our home water filtration system, just in case.
Kingston tap water is quite acidic. Always add a little lemon. It changes the quality to make it alkaline.
A SOLUTION: We found a really great company called HUDSON VALLEY WATER RESOURCES. Their offices are located in New Paltz, but Joe the owner lives in Kingston! He is a real pro – and a pleasure to work with. Give him a call and get your water tested. If you have other tips on local water filtration companies or ideas, post them in the comment section. It’s helpful to have resources on this front. You know what else, by drinking more of Kingston’s tap water – we’ll be providing Kingston’s water department with more business. That’s a win/win.
I love these stainless steel water bottles. Get yourself a big one and keep filling it up (and add lemon!)
2. POLAND SPRING IS NESTLE. The next time you pick up a bottle of Poland Spring water, look at the dozen sources it is taken from and then shipped all around the world. Think twice about buying Poland Spring or any brand that is taking water away from the community where it originates. They need their water just like we need ours.
A SOLUTION: If one must buy bottled water in Kingston, then go to BINNEWATER ICE who are truly a local family business. Offices with water coolers, lets get rid of Poland Spring. Call Binnewater instead.
Because after all, those looking to profit only sell what we will buy. Lets all think about that and take steps towards the tap.