Shadegardener said:nessa - I have "tap" or chlorinated water. Personally, I try to avoid it when watering any plants if possible. I don't want to interfere with any of the "good" bugs in the soil. I do have 3 rain barrels though. If I time it right, I can get water out of the rain barrels even in the winter and just fill up multiple jugs to last me through the really cold spells when the barrels freeze up. Sometimes, though, I do have to resort to tap water rather than let things go dry.
Shadegardener said:nessa - one thing that I do when starting seeds or cuttings is to used distilled water. I can buy it at the grocery for about $1US or less per gallon. I know there's a lot of contradiction on tap water use but I guess it's a personal preference of mine not to use it if possible. I used to let tap water sit for at least 24 hours for the chlorine to dissipate but I've read that, depending on the form of chlorine used to treat the water, it may not.