Editorials Hydro phobia August 26, 1998 Share 1 -- We love to find a good deal and share it with others. With temperatures rising on the East Coast, we were growing frustrated by the high cost of bottled water. Battling 100-degree temperatures and an uncontrollable thirst, we were forced to purchase a 16.9 fl. oz. bottle of water at one concert venue for $3. (Does the word "gouging" come to mind?) On another night, we went to a movie and wanted bottled water with our Snow Caps. The price for the same 16.9 fl. oz.: $3.02. On the way home and in need of gasoline for the car and more water for ourself, we pulled into the Alexander Hamilton rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. We figured we'd just seek out the nearest public water fountain, but there at the snack counter was bottled water priced at -- could it be so? did our eyes deceive us? -- 39 cents for 20 fl. oz. So, next time you find yourself in New Jersey of a stifling summer evening, we recommend the state's many rest stops -- named for luminaries as various as Walt Whitman and Howard Stern -- and their bottled water at 39 cents per 20 fl. oz.