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Difference In Water Properties Between Countries?  
User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1732 times:

Whenever I am in South France or Italy, I am amazed at the properties of tap water, I don't know if it has more "calcaire" but it is much less slippery and feels lighter. It simply wipes out soap from your hands much quicker.

In other places in the world, like California and Austria, the water is extremely slippery, such as wiping out soap takes twice the time, and for example flossing by holding a wire between your fingers is almost impossible because the wire slips. Also, bathing causes massive amount of hair to fall as opposed to other countries (it's still normal though).

What's this thing between the regions I mention above that causes this?

Kay

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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2875 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1727 times:

Just as a comment to drinking water, the water in India is pretty dangerous... I know a few friends who went there for a backpacking trip, and they were advised to not take a shower or rinse your mouth with the water there. It could even lead to death because normal people are not used to the chemicals inside the water.

Want to drink clean water? Drink Fiji water! (Even though they're expensive)


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5741 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1721 times:

Quoting Elite (Reply 1):
they were advised to not take a shower or rinse your mouth with the water there. It could even lead to death

I'm sorry but that's total BS.  Yeah sure


User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1715 times:

And thanks for hijaking the thread  Wink

Kay


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5178 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1709 times:

Its all down to the base rocks that the water has been running through, different rocks leave different minerals in the water, resulting in the differences in texture.

Additionally some countries add flouride and other chemicals to drinking water, giving further differences in texture and taste.



That'll teach you
User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5741 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1707 times:

Quoting Kay (Thread starter):
It simply wipes out soap from your hands much quicker.
In other places in the world, like California and Austria, the water is extremely slippery, such as wiping out soap takes twice the time

I think this just result of different hardness of water. The higher degree of water hardness the more difficult it is to wash soap from your hand or requires higher dosage of laundry detergents.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21496 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1671 times:

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 5):
The higher degree of water hardness the more difficult it is to wash soap from your hand or requires higher dosage of laundry detergents.

The first part should be the other way around - the "harder" the water, the easier it is to wash off the soap and the more detergent you need (same principle in both cases).

I'm actually glad that we've got rather "hard" water where I live because I find it rather tedious to get the soap off after washing my hands or showering when the water is very "soft"... It actually saves quite a bit of water that way!


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5741 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1665 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 6):
The first part should be the other way around - the "harder" the water, the easier it is to wash off the soap and the more detergent you need (same principle in both cases).

Thanks for correcting me.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21496 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1651 times:

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 7):
Thanks for correcting me.

My pleasure...!


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11690 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1643 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 4):
Its all down to the base rocks that the water has been running through, different rocks leave different minerals in the water, resulting in the differences in texture.

Yeap, even within countries you get changes because it depends on the geology. When I'm up in Birmingham in the UK the water is very different from that of Plymouth, its got a lot less chlorine in it for one!

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4314 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1637 times:

Some waters have the properties to hydrate you, other waters have the properties to give you a good workout...  Wink


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