Bottled water versus tap water in horticulture

Bottled water versus tap water in horticulture

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Bottled water versus tap water in horticulture

Bottled water versus tap water in horticulture

Horticulturist Andrew Younk has come to a decision about the most convenient option for his future. I think that, as many horticulturists I know, I have my preferences.

Horticulture has a place in the plant world where drinking is required in order to be successful. In fact, horticulture was originally applied to an area of knowledge that studied how water needs to be obtained from plants and animals in order to survive.

Andrew is starting his gardening adventures on about 30 acres of land. When he moves to the new house on the property, he’s going to need a water source so he’s going to be investing in a pump well.

While he’s contemplating the costs, Andrew considers the multiple-barrier choices of where to drink water. Andrew, what is your choice?

I like the ease of just running water to the plant area. I like the fact that it is easy, I like that there is no additional expense. I think, quite honestly, I would not know what to do if I couldn’t get the water to my place on the ranch.

With Andrew’s questions in mind, I’m assuming that I need to make up the difference, so my choices are, (1) bottle water from municipal supply (2) bottle water from a home supply, (3) family well water, or (4) water from a well I purchase.

When you think about the water, is it safe? Are you going to have any problems that the bottled water will not present? Well, the health of your plants is not what I’m concerned about here, the health of my back is.

If I had to filter my well, I would have a well filter but I don’t think that is a problem. Of course, I could have the health department inspect my well to make sure I am not doing anything that would be a problem.

Bottled water, is it safe? You will be buying the water at retail price, the cost to get the water to the retail outlet is much lower than having a well drilled.

Your horticulture questions,

Can I get by on a 20 minute shower each day?

What would I be able to use as a water source, would that be usable?

Can I do so with my current gardening?

Wat sal jy doen?

If you are not in the market for bottled water, please go on and share your thoughts. Also, I would appreciate hearing what your choice is. If you want to add to the comments here, feel free to go ahead and do so.



June 20, 2018 at 2:21 am

I use my well on the water bill or charge, I am making some changes to my homestead. I will be using an herb garden for production, an apple orchard as apple juice concentrate and fruit drying and a vegetable garden. We raise chickens so have our eggs and have recently purchased a veggie box to have fresh produce available. We use a lot of eggs in our homestead, so far we have about 400 dozen eggs.


June 18, 2018 at 2:40 pm

I use bottled water in horticulture. I find it easy and convenient to refill all the 5 gallon watering cans with good tasting bottled water. The well water I use for brewing is safe, so I don’t have to worry about having to purchase a well filter. And, if I’m making batches of fermented beverages, the bottled water tastes good. It’s fun to use the water as is, too, by adding different kinds of fruit for a unique taste in the brew.


June 18, 2018 at 11:03 pm

I have to say I love bottled water. It is easy, it is easy to transport, the carbonation makes it so you do not get that nastiness of water, and even the new bottled water companies are saying the “rights of the local community” so they are buying up wells in order to buy water. No use, no water for the community. They want to make more money off of their bottled water than on the natural water their ancestors have been drinking for centuries. What a crock! They are more interested in pleasing their money bank than they are in respecting the local community.


June 19, 2018 at 12:05 am

I’m fine with the choice to have the bottled water.

Patrick McLennan

June 19, 2018 at 10:18 pm

If I were buying bottled water, I would look for good quality. Something that would last me and give me good taste. Which is very subjective as my tastes are not everyone else’s.

Shannon McSpadden

June 20, 2018 at 7:23 am

For my use, the well water is generally safe. I think it’s important to treat it correctly. I run it through a well water filter (which I haven’t had in a while, having purchased a less efficient UV system). I also filter it again using a membrane well filter that filters all the bacteria, viruses, and other particles down to 1 micron.Ek verstaan nie hoekom die wateronderneming filters en drinkbottels aanbied nie. Dit verg net een kompromie oor die 'behandelingsstelsel' om ons almal siek te maak.

Mike King

20 Junie 2018 om 09:10 uur

Vir my gebruik is die putwater oor die algemeen veilig. Ek dink dit is belangrik om dit korrek te behandel. Ek loop dit deur 'n putwaterfilter (wat ek nie 'n ruk lank gehad het nie, nadat ek 'n minder doeltreffende UV -stelsel gekoop het). Ek filter dit ook weer met behulp van 'n membraanputfilter wat al die bakterieë, virusse en ander deeltjies tot 1 mikron filter. Ek verstaan nie hoekom die wateronderneming filters en drink nie