Raw water trend
So now people are wanting to drink water that's "off grid" and "raw". They are paying 2.50 a gallon for unfiltered, untreated spring water. There is a natural spring less than 10 minutes from my house where many locals go and fill up jugs and I have had some of that water and it didn't do anything for me.
Now I see some peoples concerns about lead pipes,fluoride, and more importantly chlorine used to purify municipal water. IIRC chlorine is a neurotoxin. I have had been on a municipal system that drew out of Lake Michigan, and water from 2 different municipal wells, and the lake water was by far the best, but you always had a chlorine taste to the water. The worst was the municipal well water because they had trouble meeting standards so it had a lot of chemicals in it. In that municipality and sometimes the chlorine smell/taste was ridiculous.
In that house I had to install a whole house charcoal filter which helped, but was spent pretty quickly.
Now we are on a private well, and I LOVE our drinking water, it goes thru 2 whole house filters, a softner and a 5 stage RO system before we drink it, but its lovely water. Now we have a "raw" well water tap at our kitchen sink that was put in when they built the house. Thats all the guy drank for water, and hes over 80 now and still kicking. Ive drank it before and it tastes like you are licking an iron pipe.
That being said, I always thought well water was a drawback, a uncertain necessity of rural living. Maybe I was wrong.... Though I would say that the people paying 2.50 a gallon for raw water would probably never live anywhere they would have a private well.
2018 is an amazing time to experience, people are eating laundry detergent and washing it down with bacteria laden water.