After all, it's very hard to know for sure what exactly fell (or perhaps died) in the water upstream from you. More recently, a Natural Resources Defense Council report found more than 80,000 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2015. At present, the price is $36.99 for a 2.5 gallon jug. Evans and other proponents argue that "raw water" is healthier than regular water, which they see as tainted by chemicals like fluoride.
"The water from the tap just doesn't taste quite as refreshing", Battle told the Times. He told the Times that he not only drinks the raw water he collects from the atmosphere around his house, but cooks his meals with it as well. What about using plastic bottles? They are bottled by Live Water, which sells each orb for $60.99 and refills it for $14.99.
Perdue says crowd sourced testing on the water has convinced him it's safe to drink.
There's a reason the government has Food and Drug Administration water regulations: filtration removes harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites that may be in any water source. According to Fortune, the water turns green if not consumed within a month, so that's probably not an empty claim.
"In some respects", Jones said, "the fact that people are anxious filtration is removing necessary minerals is really an extreme case of one of these First World problems".
A cool glass of (clean) water.
But tap water doesn't have that special something; "In the community of tap-water skeptics, many talk about water the way others might about fine wine".
That's why, experts say, it's imperative to know what exactly you're putting into your body.
Courtesy of Zero Mass Water
You can be sure to find Live Water and the many alternative companies that will now spring up at this year's Burning Man.
Experts warn to consider naturally occurring elements from groundwater contamination. This presumably applies to bottled raw water.
The fact that people are voluntarily forgoing treated water was met with concern, horror and shock on social media.
Most of these diseases spread through water contaminated with feces.
"These kinds of changes are likely largely responsible for huge improvements in human life expectancy", Jones said. But spring water can contain lots of other things, like Guardia or e.coli.
Another store Liquid Eden offers a variety of water options - including fluoride-free, chlorine-free and "mineral electrolyte alkaline", according to NYT. "You never know who you'll run into at the spring". "And I feel good drinking it".
Not every company in the off-grid water space preaches drinking unfiltered water, however.