I never thought about water when I was younger. Water was free. The thought that anyone would sell or buy water seemed ridiculous. It never occurred to me that water would not be fit to drink.
In the Mississippi Delta town where I grew up in the 1950’s our water was the color of week tea. In the town swimming pool there was almost no sunlight penetrating at the eight-foot depth – the water was browner the deeper you went. Everyone drank the water and no one was ever concerned.
In the early 1980's we carried buckets of water for drinking and bathing from the stream behind the house
When we moved into the Native villages in Alaska in 1985 the first thing that stood out was that the water was not only bad tasting, but probably dangerous. There were gold mines in the area and an oil slick on the water. We bought distiller and have drunk distilled water ever since.
I am convinced that the water most of us drink is probably more toxic than the food we eat and that as the world population increases water will become a scarce resource and more toxic.
For the last twenty years my wife and I have been on well water and the test say it is drinkable – just like chicken in the supermarket is eatable. Maybe at my age I shouldn’t be concerned.
By the way I do eat the chicken: well done.