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reverse osmosis water fountains should be provided at airports

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hejhej · 10/08/2015 15:28

They make you ditch any water and your only option is to buy bottled water that one creates more plastic waste and two means you have to buy vastly over priced water. Gets my goat. Family of four that's often 10-18 pounds extra.

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ghostyslovesheep · 10/08/2015 16:16

not sure why you are Confused

people might understand if you bloody explained what the heck a 'reverse osmosis water fountain' is - as has been asked Grin

we aren't all frequent fliers and many of us wont have a clue what you are on about

AuntieDee · 10/08/2015 16:23

OP you do know that RO water can cause kidney failure?

oddfodd · 10/08/2015 16:24

Take empty compressible water bottles and fill after security? You can buy them in pound shops. I can't see how you're spending so much on water tho

Hipotle · 10/08/2015 16:24

I have no idea what a reverse osmosis water fountain is, but I once got cornered by one of those BAA survey people at Heathrow and suggested to them that they needed more water fountains in departures. They have some, but I agree not enough.

Suefla62 · 10/08/2015 16:28

It a wonder we all survived twenty years ago when we all weren't sucking water down 24/7.

PercyGherkin · 10/08/2015 16:28

I've just Googled what a reverse osmosis water fountain is but I'm none the wiser about why we need those over normal ones operating off, you know, usual mains water.

I agree you can't have too many water fountains in public places. With you as far as that goes.

Janek · 10/08/2015 16:29

Does anyone know wherre there is a water fountain in birmingham airport, just out of interest? Agree with op re buying water in plastic bottles - the only time i ever buy water is in an airport. (The irony of me worrying about plastic waste before stepping on an aeroplane is not passing me by, btw)

HMSmostleaky · 10/08/2015 16:35

You could bring a couple of bottles full and drink them just before you go through security and then you will get drinks on board. I can't imagine I'd need any more water than that if I drink plenty before I go through security unless my flight were delayed.

hejhej · 10/08/2015 16:35

OP you do know that RO water can cause kidney failure? bullshit that a bottle every time you fly will cause any problems. I speak as someone that caught hepatitis in Portugal.

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HMSmostleaky · 10/08/2015 16:36

I think it is ironic that someone is talking about environmental issues while asking for RO. It is incredibly wasteful.

hejhej · 10/08/2015 16:36

It a wonder we all survived twenty years ago when we all weren't sucking water down 24/7.

You do know le has increased.

Try being stuck in an airport with a delayed flight for 4 hours. As I am now

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Thurlow · 10/08/2015 16:36

Seriously, what is reverse osmosis? I've Googled but they just look like water fountains Confused

Salmotrutta · 10/08/2015 16:36

But you still haven't answered my question about why it has to be reverse osmosis water?

Salmotrutta · 10/08/2015 16:37

Thurlow its water that has had all the salts/minerals filtered out.

hejhej · 10/08/2015 16:38

I think it is ironic that someone is talking about environmental issues while asking for RO. It is incredibly wasteful. not if it protects from nasty stuff! The more you do to help the environment the more people try to pick a fight. And it isn't wasteful at all in comparison to plastic that takes 1000s of years to break down.

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OttiliaVonBCup · 10/08/2015 16:40

Don't be ridiculous.

Tap water is perfectly safe to drink, just because someone decided they don't like the taste of it then reverse whatnots have to be provided?
Get real.

Fill your bottle from the tap.

Salmotrutta · 10/08/2015 16:40

What is "le" by the way?

Thurlow · 10/08/2015 16:41

Do we need the salts and minerals filtered out?

I mean, I agree on the plastic wastage etc, but what's wrong with tap water?

I'm clearly doing drinking wrong...

AndNowItsSeven · 10/08/2015 16:42

Don't fly then, that will help the environment.

OttiliaVonBCup · 10/08/2015 16:43

What nasty stuff?

Tap water is closely monitored.

hejhej · 10/08/2015 16:43

Tap water is perfectly safe to drink

In every single country in the world? You do know what airports are?

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HMSmostleaky · 10/08/2015 16:43

"household units are unable to produce much back-pressure, they may collect as little as 5-15 percent of the water as "pure water" for drinking. Therefore, depending on the system, for each gallon of purified water produced, between 2 to 5 gallons are wasted (sometimes more), and discarded to the septic system."

I don't know what the stats are for the sort of thing you are requesting airports to have but it is still very wasteful.

We have drinking fountains in all our local airports but they are run on chilled tap water from what I can gather. You could always carry a camping filter bottle.

Yes you aren't discarding plastic but by using RO you are discarding an awful lot of water.

Salmotrutta · 10/08/2015 16:44

Grin@ "Don't fly then, that will help the environment"

How true!

OttiliaVonBCup · 10/08/2015 16:44

You want them provided everywhere?

Good luck with that.
Do you plan to travel to every single county in the world?

hejhej · 10/08/2015 16:46

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