In the small town where my Dad lives, we regularly get "Boil Water" notices and form letters about our water not meeting safe standards for cholera (I think) for the PREVIOUS month, no action necessary on our part. Sometimes the water is brown, sometimes it stinks, sometimes it contains too much lime. People have been trying to get something done about it for 20 years to no avail and this will probably never change, it's politics as usual. So for safe drinking water, we have had to buy it at appx $1.00 per gallon. In addition, after buying safe drinking water, we are left with all of the jugs that the water came in. There is a place in the next town (their water is as bad as ours) that has a "purified" water and ice outdoors machine. You bring your own jugs & it's 25 cents a gallon or $1 for a 5 gallon jug, so it's way cheaper than WM's $1 per gallon, but the other day at Dirt Cheap I got an electric kettle that holds 1.7 litres of water and it takes about 5 minutes to boil appx one half gallon of water. It cost $1.50 and works perfectly, brand new. So, according to the best of my attempt at figuring the electrical useage, it costs 1.41 cents per half gallon, or less than 3 cents a gallon, to have boiled water but that's still cheaper than propane. I know you have to boil it for a full minute at a rolling boil for safety, so when it automatically cuts off, I hit the start button again and it keeps boiling for long enough to meet the one minute necessary. My question is: What does everyone else do that does not have good water?