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Isle tap water measures up to world's best - Hawaii Business

There are 27 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jun 15, 2009, titled Isle tap water measures up to world's best - Hawaii Business. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

A few years ago, while dining at a beachfront restaurant in Waikiki, the waiter asked what we wanted to drink.

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Sondra Scott

AOL

#1 Jun 15, 2009
I live in California and buy Hawaii bottled water which, according to the label, comes from the Halawa aquifer.
Don Juan

Honolulu, HI

#2 Jun 15, 2009
I guess I'm lucky to live where I can pee in a toilet full of the very same Halawa water that you buy from the store :)
Pesticides

Honolulu, HI

#3 Jun 15, 2009
In Waialua, I use a RO filter to get the pesticides out from all the years of spraying pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer. This continues today with the GMO seed corn growing in Ewa, Kunia and Waialua by chemical companies. Some Kunia wells were shut down because of chemicals. Schofield uses extra filters to get the chemicals out. Those filters are the four white cyclinders you see next to the freeway by Wheeler. Some of the best Hawaii water is in downtown Honolulu where there was no chemical Agriculture. The future is in organic farming. No chemicals.
aaliyah

San Diego, CA

#4 Jun 15, 2009
I gues they didnt tap into Kona's water where you see white stuff floating on top.
Localguy

Aiea, HI

#5 Jun 15, 2009
Fools and those with extra money to spend will continue to buy the bottled stuff. That's how much marketing and ads influence people to part with their cash. On top of that, the bottles are an environmental disaster.
renee on the go

Long Beach, CA

#7 Jun 15, 2009
I grew up on the islands and now live in California. The first thing I do when I hit the islands is go for the local food. Then I drink and drink and drink the water. You don't know how good you have it in Honolulu (Hawaii). The water is terrific.
Kakaako guy

Wailuku, HI

#9 Jun 15, 2009
I've been living here for 5 years and have been drinking tap water every one of those days. I haven't grown a third eye, or started to glow in the dark!

I remain amused by people who spend thousands of dollars a year on bottled "spring" water, because it's allegedly "better for you". Or because it tastes better than the water coming from their pipes.

Here's something to think about. The bottled water industry is largely self regulated. Their product is not inspected half as much as the water from our local reservoirs. In fact, in the biggest irony of all, most of the "spring" water people are overpaying for is simply filtered tap water.
glenn paul

Johnson City, NY

#10 Jun 15, 2009
I distinctly remember the first time we tasted hawaii water in a resturant..in fact...we had to actually ask for water, otherwise you would not get any water. I told my wife, I never knew water could taste so good. We were told hawaii's water filters through the volcanic rock and takes out any impureitys. Still have not tasted any water as good as hawaiis. A big aloha and mahalo from Northeast PA.
Stating the Obvious

Hilo, HI

#12 Jun 15, 2009
Fiji water was found to contain traces of mercury. Much better off with Hawaii tap water from a health and finance perspective.
Als Bar and Grill

AOL

#14 Jun 15, 2009
Yes. Forget bottle water, it's a waste of money!!!!!!!!
Der Kommissar

Kapolei, HI

#16 Jun 15, 2009
I think it's funny when people in Hawaii turn their noses up at tap water. Granted, if you've got rusty pipes or contamination it's going to be icky - but if it's good water coming out just drink it! Having lived in SoCal myself I can tell 'ya the water is GOOD out here.:)
dewdalohajoey

United States

#17 Jun 15, 2009
Wow, so many people posting. I guess this one of the few things good about Hawaii. Most of the other stuff, all bad, and no one posts about.

It's like roaches coming out at night.
dewdalohajoey

United States

#18 Jun 15, 2009
E Malama ika wai.
Baby boomer

Honolulu, HI

#21 Jun 15, 2009
Der Kommissar wrote:
I think it's funny when people in Hawaii turn their noses up at tap water. Granted, if you've got rusty pipes or contamination it's going to be icky - but if it's good water coming out just drink it! Having lived in SoCal myself I can tell 'ya the water is GOOD out here.:)
Yep you hit the nail on the pipes. I have a condo that is 35 years old and the tap water taste icky. What I do is boil it and stick in the fridge, then it taste sweet like when I grew up in Kailua. Buying bottle water is silly here in Hawaii. Stop wasting money youre going to need it in the future.
dewdalohajoey

United States

#22 Jun 15, 2009
Baby boomer wrote:
<quoted text>Yep you hit the nail on the pipes. I have a condo that is 35 years old and the tap water taste icky. What I do is boil it and stick in the fridge, then it taste sweet like when I grew up in Kailua. Buying bottle water is silly here in Hawaii. Stop wasting money youre going to need it in the future.
True, when I lived in a condo, the water would taste like sh!t, unlike how all u guys are fonding over how good it tasted. I had to buy a Britta filter, cuz like I said, the condo pipes made the Hawaii tap water taste like sh!t.
Jon Hermys

Seattle, WA

#23 Jun 15, 2009
Are you crazy?
They put deadly chemicals in the water!
dewdalohajoey

United States

#24 Jun 15, 2009
Tin foil hats engaged. Pull the switch!!!!
alice

Kahului, HI

#25 Jun 15, 2009
MY UH dorm is new so no problem with pipes.
JellyfishGuy

Lahaina, HI

#26 Jun 15, 2009
Why would the waiter sell the reporter "pristine" bottled water and then serve it "contaminated" with ice made from "non-pristine" Hawaiian water?

In my opinion, the taste of restaurant tap water on Oahu varies by establishment. Perhaps, it depends on their location on the island. Some have a chlorine taste while a few on the other end of the scale have a noticeably clear taste--you'd think the water was filtered. Count Big City Diner in the latter group.(No I don't work for them).
alice

Kahului, HI

#27 Jun 15, 2009
true

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