Water is the universal solvent. The liquid that is vital to sustaining life. The average adult human body is made up of 50-65% water. It is something we drink to quench our thirst on a hot summer day. It is something we use to wash our clothes, dishes and ourselves. Water is a basic necessity that we often take for granted. Furthermore, the idea of an endless supply of clean water for everyone has yet to become a reality in certain countries.
The majority of us have access to clean drinking water. In Canada, the responsibility for making sure drinking water supplies are safe for consumption is split between the provincial, territorial, federal and municipal governments. The day-to-day responsibility of providing potable (safe to drink) water to the public usually belongs to the provinces and territories, whereas municipalities usually supervise the day-to-day operations of the treatment facilities.
Yet we will pay $1-$3 for a bottle of the clear stuff.
Perhaps you forgot your water bottle (I take mine almost everywhere with me. It’s like my security blanket). Maybe you don’t even have a water bottle. What annoys me is that the cost of water will sometimes almost be as much another beverage. Here in North America, it is generally understood that if you order water at a restaurant, it is tap water and there is no charge. However, while travelling in Europe, whenever I would eat in restaurants, I actually had to specify that the water was to be tap water or else they would bring me bottled water and I would get charged for it. I was a backpacker who recently graduated university. European bottled water was out of the question.
At Ray’s and Stark Bar, in Los Angeles, offering you sleek and sexy bottles of overpriced water from various parts of the globe is not out of the question. Check out the so-called “water” menu here. While they do offer the more popular and affordable fancy waters such as Perrier, San Pellegrino and Evian, there is a bottle of water listed at $16 (!) With that price, I’d rather fork over the extra cash and get a bottle of wine. What makes me roll my eyes is the fact that the menu is designed and described like a wine menu. There is even a taste rating at the top grading the waters from sweet to salty and smooth to complex.
Since when did water become complex?
What’s even more ridiculous is that there is a water sommelier (similar to a wine sommelier, except they are trained in the aspect of “water” tasting and pairing) at hand. The term water sommelier was claimed to be created at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park City in New York eleven years ago. If you can’t decide which exotic water to try, you can sample three 3-oz servings for $12, using suggestions provided by your water sommelier.
I find it to be a bit pretentious for my taste. I’m perfectly happy with my water being “tasteless”.
It’s just water.