Drinking Water


Much like the rest of the world, our city's tap water is not acceptable to many Davis residents for drinking. While some may view fresh, clean free water as a basic right and necessity, many corporations offer some filtered or purified water of varying quality, often at prices 3 or 5 times as expensive as gasoline! Home filtration systems may be one of the least expensive ways to get drinkable water.

    1. Bulk Retail Purchase
    2. Home Purification Systems and Softeners
    3. Home Delivery
    4. Bottled Water

Bulk Retail Purchase

This type of system allows you to fill your own container from a filtration system hooked up to the city water supply. Keep in mind, that outdoor vending machines are subject to fine dust and dirt particles, especially if there's no door protecting the spigot. You should also be aware that others may be touching the spigot or using unclean containers that may contaminate the spigot (I've seen lipstick stains from coworkers' water bottles on our office cooler... yuck!). To determine the degree of filtration provided by the system, you'll need to ask questions and do some research.

Home Purification Systems and Softeners

These type of systems filter to varying degrees, so do some reading online before committing to a specific system.

Home Delivery

Home delivery of one-, three-, and five-gallon containers is widely available within Davis from the following vendors. Typically, to set up service, you need to determine your weekly water needs and pay a deposit on bottles which are replaced weekly or biweekly by your carrier. Weekly needs can be adjusted as needs vary, and you only pay for empties that are replaced the following week. Billing typically occurs monthly. When you close out your service and return the empties, you'll get your bottle deposit back. Additional services are available such as water dispenser rental, chiller rental (including a hot/cold option), paper cups, and even small bottles of drinking water.

Bottled Water

Bottled drinking water can be bought almost everywhere. However, recently the Davis City Council decided that they would no longer purchase inividual water bottles for city events and employees, instead beginning the sale of reusable Nalgene bottles. The profits made by the sale of these bottles will go towards other sustainability programs. ([WWW]See the resolution here.) Be sure to recycle the containers!


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Bottled water is for the faint of heart or the tourists traveling in third world countries. You think [wikipedia]Ernest Hemingway drank bottled water? Get some cahonies and gulp it down right from the tap. —RobRoy

2005-11-19 22:40:10   Tap water with pesticides or plasticizer leached from plastic bottles, which shall I have today? —SteveDavison

2006-02-21 16:35:37   Sadly, I've seen those stupid plastic water bottles floating and tumbling everywhere from the Colorado to the Coruh River, tumbling in Arches, and littering the streets of Asia and Europe. I find it pretty disgusting that the same people who would stand high and mighty when it comes to cars, WalMart, IKEA and the like would buy obscene volumes of bottled water in a country that offers potable water virtually everywhere. At least in second and third world countries, bottled water can be justified, but even then you purchase larger bottles or just boil your water! —AlphaDog

2006-02-21 18:20:15   Super-purified water (devoid of minerals of any sort) can drain the body of minerals and should only be used to chemical experiments and not for drinking. —TusharRawat

2006-11-27 13:31:03   This page is titled "Drinking Water." Do water softening systems really belong here, or should this page be expanded beyond drinking water?? Another thought might be to simply transfer the information about water softeners to the Tap Water page or combine the whole lot into a big Water page. Thoughts? —AlphaDog

Moved from Car-Free In Davis:

2007-01-15 22:35:35   What is the issue with water? I know a lot of people in Davis get bottled water, but I'm not sure why somebody on a bicycle would bother. —NickSchmalenberger

2007-01-20 11:17:56   For the record, Davis water is slightly toxic. If you read the [WWW]report the city sends out to the residents, the water does test positive for carcinogens, although the findings are below levels considered dangerous to one's health according to the government group doing the testing. Thus, buying un-toxic water is more a necessity than a trend in Davis. —ImNotABear

2007-01-23 03:42:31   Drinking too much water, in events such as hazing or odd radio station contests, can be fatal. Google "water intoxication" for details. —GreggAlexander

2008-01-21 21:27:46   an interesting study: plastic water bottle cancer causing effect (pollutants from excessive purification process, transportation emissions, and plastic creation and leaching) vs. cancer causing pollutants in municipal water —KyleLanderhoffis

2008-06-26 20:28:53   YUCK!! Davis water is gross! People who drink this are fools, Davis and the surrounding area is POISONED people. Research it! This "quant little town" has 2, thats right, 2 toxic dump sites, toxins that have seeped into the well water and that is what makes the water here so foul. Ever drive down 2nd street-all the way? If you look to your left there is f#$%ing biohazard signs, the place is fenced off because for TWENTY years a pesticide company was dumping posion in UNLINED pits....do you know what this means? The pesticides are leaking all over this "happy f*^& place" And there is also a posion site in North or West Davis, Im not sure of the exact location...This place is so gross, I had no idea about how toxic it was here and I DEEPLY REGRET ever moving here. This entire town should be condemned. —realitycheck

2009-12-01 22:52:54   Davis water is pretty gross. Lots of hardness. Personally I use an RO (reverse osmosis) and a whole house water softener to treat my water, both from the mentioned Blue Fountain Water. I have been very satisfied with my purchase, while not very cheap, their water softeners (Kinetico) are the best and most advanced in the business. They use the least salt and much less water than other units. So they are really the only option when looking to go greener. I did my research, and I decided to go with Blue Fountain. Their owner/salesman is a local guy who lives in Winters and has been here for years. So I felt more than ok supporting the local economy.

The water from the RO is very tasty, and I never have trouble when the come to change the filters, very respectful staff, and very helpful. The technician was very knowledgeable and definately knew what he was doing

over all very good —WaterWesley

2010-06-27 00:24:39   To the best of my knowledge, diH2O won't hurt you as long as you don't drink excessive amounts of water in general.

My answer to all this: run it through a Brita filter and drink it. Bottled water is such a damned waste to the consumer, the environment, and a huge scam in terms of 'water quality'. I'd also like to believe I'm getting my daily dose of vitamins, minerals, and Adderall to keep me going in the day from this delicious delicious Davis water. —AmyOhe

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