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Taking bottled water home from a restaurant in Italy?

I'm in Italy for a little while and figuring out the restaurant customs — including purchasing a liter of flat or sparkling water at each meal. Today, I was still a little thirsty but had to run, and asked if I could take the half-empty (glass, but obviously commercial) bottle. The server said I couldn't, and I asked if the same was true for plastic bottles. She said that, in either case, it's not appropriate to take leftover water. What's up with that (assuming it's generally true)?
posted by Sidnicious on May 20, 2016 - 30 answers

Holocaust museum and water bottles

I'm visiting DC, and visited the Holocaust Museum today. I had an unsealed bottle of water, which I was allowed to bring in. However, the security officer asked me to take a sip of it first. Why is that? A Google search wasn't very insightful. Thanks!
posted by cozenedindigo on May 2, 2016 - 8 answers

need shoe recommendation for greenhouse/horticulturist

Mr. BellaStella works in a greenhouse. He stands in water a good portion of the day. For years he's been getting cheap Walmart shoes, which last about a month, if he's lucky. About once a year, he'll get an incredibly inflamed big toe, sometimes necessitating a trip to urgent care. He wears cotton crew socks with his shoes, so his poor feet are just fermenting all day. [more inside]
posted by LaBellaStella on Apr 27, 2016 - 21 answers

Water-resistant sunscreen for running

What sunscreen/sunblock do you wear while running or doing something similarly sweaty outdoors? Is it great, and something you'd like to recommend? Ideally available in Ireland or the UK. [more inside]
posted by carbide on Apr 22, 2016 - 8 answers

Water, water everywhere.

We have a leak somewhere above our garage, and nobody seems to be able to figure out where it is coming from. I've heard a few stories from different contractors, but I'm clueless when it comes to home improvement and I don't know how to tell what to actually believe. Help? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Apr 9, 2016 - 9 answers

Get the lead out

I live in one of those locations in the US where we have high levels of lead in the water, according to recent reputable news stories. Unsurprisingly, my tap water tastes like metal garbage. My Brita is not really filtering out the taste. What kind of filter do I need to buy, or do I need to stick to water I buy from the store (which seems insane)? [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Apr 8, 2016 - 16 answers

Re-occurring Water Blister in My Mouth

Started happening December of last year and hasn't stopped. Is this something I should be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by monologish on Mar 31, 2016 - 8 answers

Water+computer=how bad?

I leave my Macbook on during the day while at work. Spouse spilled water on it at some point, the area around the keyboard is damp and the computer won't start up. Any chance of resurrection?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 11, 2016 - 15 answers

What kind of pump could I use to drain water from this bucket away?

I need to pump water that I'm collecting in a bucket outside my house, away from the house. Here's a picture of the bucket http://imgur.com/kbwSus3. I could probably power it through an electrical cord out of the window (though I have no grounded outlets or GFCI). Any ideas? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by Mushroom12345 on Feb 18, 2016 - 9 answers

wall-mounted kitchen "instant hot water dispenser"

I know it's a longshot, but I've seen miracles performed here before. Does anybody happen to know of an "instant hot water dispenser" (similar to the ones shown here), but are mounted to the backsplash above the sink instead of in the counter-top itself? I know that it would probably be possible to rig up something wall-mounted on my own using a standard counter-mounted version, but would rather pay for something ready to go out of the box. thank you.
posted by jimmereeno on Feb 11, 2016 - 8 answers

Other Fire + Water events in US??

MeFi, you've saved me in the past, asking you to come through again! I'm trying to find events very similar to WaterFire Providence, can be but does not have to be "art" project, but am looking for festivals that feature pylons in rivers, ponds, lakes, bayou on fire. Trying to set one up down here in Louisiana but not finding too much in the way of how to get started or if these events exist outside of Providence, RI and Sharon, PA (the only two places I found that host WaterFire events). Thank you!
posted by LemonGardot on Feb 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Music to submerge in - rain / water samples

Please recommend music containing recordings of rain or moving water. Not vanilla nature noises, like Echoes of Nature (though I love those too), but music in which those kinds of recordings are incorporated as an intergral part of the piece. [more inside]
posted by protorp on Jan 11, 2016 - 35 answers

Help for low water pressure, annoying showers

What kind of technology can help us have more water pressure in our shower? We have the kind of shower where there's a faucet down below and a showerhead up above, and you lift a little diverter doohickey within the faucet which causes the water to come out of the showerhead instead of the faucet (looks kind of like this). [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Dec 15, 2015 - 20 answers

Other snow

The kids and I were making paper snowflakes. We watched some snowflake videos. I showed them folding steps to make classic six-pointed or twelve-pointed paper snowflakes. They in turn rediscovered four and eight-pointed paper snowflakes. They asked, "Are there any real snowflakes that don't have six points?" [more inside]
posted by gregoreo on Dec 11, 2015 - 7 answers

I want to make starchy pasta water without making pasta.

I need starchy pasta water to make my butternut squash soup extra tasty, but I don't have starchy pasta water on hand because I'm not making pasta. How can I make fake pasta water? I'm finding this exceptionally hard to google.
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Dec 7, 2015 - 12 answers

spice up my beverage, but not too spicy

I'm looking for a drink I can have that's low/no calorie, and low/no caffeine that's also not water. [more inside]
posted by garlic on Dec 2, 2015 - 56 answers

A weirdly paranoid question: did I ruin my electric kettle?

I think I might have misused the cleaning solution for my electric kettle, and need it confirmed that I didn't because I'm a very, very special snowflake. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Dec 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Most efficient (H2O-friendly) way to wash dishes?

Can't believe I'm asking this question, but the thought never crossed my mind. While I should have been more responsible about this over the last 30 years or so, only now that I have a septic system have I started to worry about it. Shame on me, but being forced into a better habit... well, better late than never. I guess I'm looking for the best way to do dishes without wasting as much water. [more inside]
posted by funfunfun on Nov 14, 2015 - 21 answers

Water if life. What would life be like with less water?

What would happen to earth if we suddenly had 10% less water? The mass of the planet would change, so would our orbit? Would weather and seasons change? Would it affect tides and the moon? At what point would we begin to suffer? Is it 10% or 20% or 50%? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Nov 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Good water heater brands?

Our water heater has started making some noises, and it's 13-14 years old, so probably time to think about replacing it. Unfortunately, it looks like the brand (American Water Heater Company) may have taken a turn for the worse; all the reviews I find online are exceedingly negative, mostly regarding faulty parts and terrible customer service. This is a basic electric water heater and we'd like to replace it with the same sort, since it works well for us. What are the best companies to buy from?
posted by curious nu on Oct 25, 2015 - 5 answers

What would the pitfalls be of pumping sea water inland to refill aquifer

No, not *directly* into aquifers, but onto the ground at a slow rate to let water slowly seep down, using the soil and rock strata to remove impurities, such as (hopefully) saline content. [more inside]
posted by rubah on Sep 27, 2015 - 22 answers

Water + MBP. How screwed am I?

Water (a couple spoons, tops) got into my one-month-old MBP. How screwed am I? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Sep 23, 2015 - 13 answers

Who is responsible for what in a condo water leak situation

My refrigerator has been leaking water for weeks to months now. Water damage to my downstairs neighbor's ceiling. Who is responsible for what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Does a glass of water become too old to drink?

This is a "who's doing it the normal way?" question. I prefer not to drink glasses of water that have been sitting out for more than a few hours because I find that the taste gets worse with time. My girlfriend thinks this is the most ridiculous thing she's ever heard and that the idea of "old water" is absurd. Which of us is more conventional? [more inside]
posted by vathek on Sep 5, 2015 - 55 answers

Looking for a secluded beachfront cabin in the southeastern US.

I'm looking for a secluded beachfront cabin to rent for 2-3 nights in the southeastern US (ideally the Carolinas, but Virginia, Georgia, and even Northern Florida would be a possibility). Essentials are: 1) on a sandy beach with swimmable water, and 2) as secluded from other people as possible. Budget would be less than $300/night. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Sep 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Can you recreate the taste of bottled water?

I like the taste/mouthfeel of "Fiji" bottled water, but I dislike buying bottled water. Can I recreate what "Fiji" is like, from tap water? Is there something magic in it? (The bottle says "silica", along with the bunch of other stuff?) Or is it a matter of removing stuff? (Fluoride?)
posted by Mwongozi on Aug 26, 2015 - 16 answers

Drinking and swimming

In the movies, you sometimes see people jumping into a pool on a hot day and drinking the water. Where is this possible in the world? [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Aug 26, 2015 - 26 answers

What kind of hose do I buy for this outdoor spout?

This spout is outside the front my house. When it is turned on, water sprays out of the hole and the spout. What is this? What kind of hose should I buy?
posted by spec80 on Aug 10, 2015 - 6 answers

leak mystery

plumbing emergency in my apartment. What could be going on? [more inside]
posted by blue t-shirt on Aug 3, 2015 - 12 answers

Is installing a cistern worth the trouble?

We recently bought a 3 acre property near Ojai, CA. Over the next few years we will be building some new structures and rebuild the existing house. The land used to be an Apricot orchard but has been barren for decades. All the vegetation left are some beautiful Californian Oaks and two Olive trees. In May we planted the perimeter with 171 drought tolerant trees and bushes and have put a drip irrigation system on it (currently 1 X 30 min per week). This should take care of our privacy and hide the fence. [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Jul 27, 2015 - 20 answers

Help me get INTO hot water.

Does running the hot water on full help the hot water reach the faucet more quickly than running a hot/cold water mix? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Jul 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Where is the Radisson Hotel that has the water park inside?

Hi, A friend of mine told me once that she went to a clean, nice hotel named the Radisson that was just down the street from the Mall of America. She said it had a big water park inside of it. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jul 12, 2015 - 2 answers

electrifying guitar solo for yacht rock enthusiast

I'm working on a performance at the moment that occurs on a slip way, during the performance I would like to pull an electric guitar out of the ocean and play an epic solo on the guitar that will still be dripping wet. - the guitar will be plugged directly into a sound card - do i need to water proof the guitar? - any ideas on how to do that?
posted by frequently on Jul 5, 2015 - 29 answers

NYC to Falling Water Road trip

NYC to Falling Water road trip info. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by tulim on Jul 3, 2015 - 7 answers

They say it can't be done: raising the level of water in the toilet bowl

Google says that raising the level of a new 1.6 version toilet bowl (not the tank) cannot be done because the water level is determined by the S-bend design in the porcelain tank. Almost any time I hear "can't be done" it means that "a bit of hacking needs to occur before it can be done". [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile on Jun 29, 2015 - 25 answers

How do I clean out my water pack's tubes?

I have a hydration pack that sat in storage over winter. I pulled it out last weekend, and I found that the tube from bladder to bite valve has a thin white coating inside it. I tried rinsing them out first with a mild bleach solution, then a vinegar one. Neither of these removed the stuff from the tube. If I squish the tube, the coating comes away from the tube. How can I remove this gunk from the tube? Would I be better off buying new tubes instead of cleaning?
posted by boo_radley on Jun 15, 2015 - 15 answers

Panic.

Husband just dumped a glass of water over the keyboard of his MacBook Air. It immediately shut itself off/ went dead. There is water dripping dripping out of the ports on the right side. What do we do?
posted by SLC Mom on May 23, 2015 - 36 answers

Ways to amuse a water-loving dog--without water

I'm petsitting a dog who loves to play in water, and normally when I petsit for her, water play happens and she knows to expect that from me. But drought and weather are making all of that a bad idea. Now what? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on May 23, 2015 - 14 answers

How does it work if you don't have a water meter?

Article in the Washington Post today says that Sacramento is just now installing water meters for its homes and businesses. How is that possible? Without a meter, how would they know how much your bill should be? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii on May 22, 2015 - 17 answers

Liquid Damaged Macbook Pro Retina 15"

I have a ~2012 Retina 15" that received some unexpected water in the vent under the LCD. The LCD no longer works (no backlight, no image), however the machine functions totally fine otherwise with a HDMI display attached. Is my best bet to sell it for parts? It seems as though a replacement logic board and installation would cost more than selling and buying a used machine.
posted by SirStan on May 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Water reclamation in CA

Orange County currently fills 20% of its groundwater basin with recycled wastewater. Is there any other water district in CA that tops this figure, in terms of treating wastewater for supplying a basin that provides direct, potable (drinkable)? If not, which water district takes 2nd place?
posted by invisible ink on May 5, 2015 - 3 answers

We wanted a porch, not a pool

Thanks to everyone's help in response to this AskMe, we built a screened porch and love it. But we've run into a little problem that we hope someone can help us solve: [more inside]
posted by DrGail on May 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Recommend me a loud freestanding backyard fountain.

It's springtime, I've hung my hammock, and I'm considering getting a backyard fountain to add some white noise to help drown out the sound of cars from the busy two lane street that runs in front of my house. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on May 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Manga title required

My friend described a film: "Japanese Lesbian Swimsuit Sisters Fighting Water Zombies". Any ideas what it could be? Most likely Manga, or possibly something more x-rated given the nature of her unique restaurant.
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Apr 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Increasing pressure into tankless water heater

The water supply to my house has rather low pressure, and today I'm about to buy a tankless water heater (haven't decided on gas or electric). Is it advisable to use a pressure bladder tank to raise the water PSI before it reaches the heater? Also, is there a way to estimate PSI without a gauge? (more detail inside) [more inside]
posted by TreeHugger on Apr 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Water physics

Earlier today I was warming up a test tube in chem lab by placing its bottom in a warm stream of water from a faucet and I noticed something peculiar; the stream of water seemed to capture the test tube and hold it in place. [more inside]
posted by aldurtregi on Mar 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Looking for a good raincoat that will keep me very dry but not warm

I need a new raincoat. I would like it to keep me very dry. I need to be able to pack it in a small space. I have a great trench coat that I love but sometimes rain soaks through it and it's a little bulky for travel. What raincoat should I get? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Mar 25, 2015 - 8 answers

DWP billing quagmire

Last July we received notice that the DWP had mistakenly charged us due to the installation of a new meter at our house and that we owed like a thousand dollars in usage. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Mar 23, 2015 - 18 answers

Backyard Drainage Woes

We have a lake in our backyard. We'd like to fix it, or get it fixed, cheaply. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Mar 19, 2015 - 21 answers

How to cope with required lack of water

I have an upcoming surgery scheduled for 1:30 PM. I am not allowed to drink any water (also no food candy or gum) after 12 midnight the night before. How can I manage fatigue/dizziness? [more inside]
posted by seesom on Mar 10, 2015 - 16 answers

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