We filter our water here – it’s not absolutely necessary but it does taste better and takes out any nasties. The filters work out at about $11 for three months which is certainly cheaper than buying bottled water. We bought a few bottles a while back and just refill them before we go out.
Anyway, that’s not the conservation part. Quite often A or R will come home from school with half a bottle of warm water left. I *could* just make them drink it next time they want something to drink but who wants old water? Also, sometimes one of us (usually me if I am honest!) will pour a drink but only drink part of it before being sidetracked and then hours later I go back and my water has been sitting out and warmed up and possibly been a swimming pool for a wee fly (probably not, but who knows?!) so I have a bottle on the bench which is for ‘waste water’.
This is what Larry gets. As he would merrily drink out of a muddy puddle then I figure recycled water is perfectly fine for him! Most of it ends up soaked into his floppy ears or splashed across the floors anyway so I am very glad not to be using extra metered water for that!