I use purified but purely because the water is purfied by a machine under our sink before it comes out the taps. So it's there only option to drink it!
I do the same thing! Except I fill a water bottle with fresh purified water and store it in the fridge. When my dog's water bowl gets low I grab the bottle from the fridge, pour some into his bowl, refill the bottle and place it back in the fridge to keep it nice and cold for the next time.
Although my tap water is fine, I still prefer the purified water for both my dog and I. Having an in house water filtration system is a good idea, for both humans and pets (especially if your pet is a finicky drinker).
If you're ever near Garland, Texas (a suburb of Dallas) do NOT drink the water unless it's filtered. Oh.my.gosh...it is horrible. But yeah, we really love the tap out here.
Dittoing that! We live in Rockwall TX (near Garland) and the water smells and tastes awful, and if you ever saw where it comes from you'd know why. We give our new GSD puppy the same bottled water we drink, and I was checking into this thread to see if we were the only ones doing that. Glad to hear others do so too!
We have a well, though our well water is super hard and has nitrates in it from the fertilizers used in the adjoining farmland. So, we have a water treatment system for the household and grooming shop. Additionally, we have a Culligan reverse osmosis system at the kitchen sink. That's our drinking and cooking water.
I have heard that softened water isn't good for animals due to the sodium content. So, we compromise. We have a bowl with a 2.5 gallon water bottle attached, so I fill it with half drinking water and half softened water. The Culligan system only keeps about 2 gallons of drinking water in the tank, so I can't fill the big bottle all the way without running out of drinking water.
However, I catch my animals drinking out of the toilet all the time. I don't think they are too picky. Dogs drink out of mud puddles, they drink gross pond water, they eat other animal's poo and roll in dead things... so I don't get too bent out of shape about giving them well water or softened water.