you are a darling … sometimes
I’m pleased to hear that you are happy with the quality of your tap water. What did they tell you ? Healthier than fresh spring water ! Based on the fact that all spring waters are contaminated, being better than spring water is still not the same as being ‚pure clean drinking water‘ and it should bring up the question 'what is wrong with fresh spring water' ???
Rain water gets dosed up not only by industrial pollution but, as I previously mentioned, aircraft, ship and car exhaust gases etc. etc..
Many bottled waters are just tap water with fizz in them and most mineral waters are overdosed with minerals that the human body can not utilize, so I would have to agree with your informant.
But none of them are 'pure clean drinking water which is what the human body needs !
It is also one thing for the water-works to quality control the water leaving their works; it may well be another thing by the time it comes out of your tap.
I’ll try one example:
Since lead piping, (which had been used for transporting water since houses were first connected to the mains), was prohibited in the UK, somewhere in the late 60’s, almost all houses have been fitted with copper piping for heating and drinking water. Assuming that the plumber was a water fitter and not just a heating fitter and did low temperature soldering, and used lead free solder, as opposed to high temperature soldering, which was banned (here) in 1995, then all regulations of the day had been satisfied.
In the early 90’s, press fittings were introduced to try and get around the ‚jointing problems‘, but this did not, as was hoped, solve the seepage of copper into drinking water.
Today (here in Germany) it is forbidden to fit any copper piping to carry drinking water !
Instead they mostly use plastic piping, and I promise you that in ten more years they will ban that rubbish too, because the uncontrollable cocktail of chemicals in today's water dissolves the plastic pipes from the inside and you drink, to all intent and purpose, diluted petroleum along with everything else that was already in the water.
The only piping on the market that is (thought to be) safe is stainless steel piping.
How many of you guys have stainless steel piping ? And even if you do, that just removes copper and petroleum from the equation. The water-works actually use bleach and aluminum, amongst many other agents, to try and clean the water, but adding things is not the same as removing contaminants. In fact the bleach does kill many 'problem causers' and their poisoned remains carry on floating in your drinking water, cheers !
It’s a bit like using an air-freshener-spray to overpower other unpleasant smells. It’s just another more powerful smell, so that you don’t notice the first offending stink, which you then continue to breathe-in alongside the air freshener which is almost certainly more harmful than any fart could ever be.
As for a good cup of tea, I'm still drinking what you sent me, there is a world of difference ! Using tap water we always had black deposits and stains in our cups and indeed the tea was black. With distilled water the tea is rosa to red and has a pleasant fragrance and even tastes good without milk. The same applies to coffee. Our kettle now remains spotless, no limescale whatsoever, which also means that boiling the kettle does not take as long either. Is it a good brew ? It tastes very different than what we were used to and that takes some getting used too but once your pallet has acquired the taste it's delicious.
PS: The authorities knew, long before they introduced lead piping, that the lead water piping used in ancient Rome was one of the causes of the fall of the Roman Empire. How ? Consuming lead (and copper and mercury) slowly causes Alzheimers, and several other diseases who’s names I have forgotten