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Do You Drink Tap Water?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9498 posts, RR: 13
Posted (10 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 5654 times:

Sometimes when I am lazy to boil water, not in Hong Kong though, though we can.


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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3925 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 5651 times:

That's the only kind of water I drink. I'd never pay for water unless I'm somewhere where it's not safe to drink.

User currently offlineMisbeehavin From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 914 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 5650 times:

I drink bottled water at home. Not because I think the tap water is unsafe, but because I don't like the taste of it. At work, the fountain water tastes just fine, so I drink it without a problem.

User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 5640 times:

If it isn't AquaFina or Poland Spring I am not drinking it!  yuck 

User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 5632 times:

Yes, about 2 litres a day.

User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 4055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 5630 times:

Yes, but only when it's filtered.

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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5601 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 5627 times:

Of course! Here in Switzerland the tap water is better than a lot of bottled water (there is absolutely no chlorine in it, like for example in NYC). Water here is very clean. The water of the lake of Zurich you could almost drink without much cleaning and disinfecting (it also great to swim in it  )

[Edited 2005-05-31 02:07:35]

User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 5625 times:

Naa, only in tea.

I nick the water from work. Its FREZZING cold, and tastes nice

User currently offlineSouthwestMDW From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 303 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 5619 times:

I have to drink bottled water, I can't drink the water in my city. By Next Spring they are saying we will be able to drink it, they are building a more advanced treatment center.

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 5618 times:

Quoting ZRH (Reply 6):
Of course! Here in Switzerland the tap water is better than a lot of bottled water (there is absolutely no chlorine in it, like for example in NYC). Water here is very clean.

Same here in Germany, tap water is absolutely clean here and better than some bottled water, so I drink it quite often.


User currently offlinePacificWestern From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5607 times:

deleted as it may be considered flame bait or harsh

[Edited 2005-05-31 02:45:52]

User currently offlineTheCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5600 times:

Tap water here in Phoenix is horrible. The odor is enough to turn my stomach. It's a bit along the lines of pool water...literally.

When I'm out of bottled water, I will always go to the store to pick up another couple gallons of water instead of go to the tap, no matter how inconvenient it may be.

The best water I have had would probably be in Nova Scotia, Canada. No need for bottled water there.

User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5596 times:

Quoting PacificWestern (Reply 10):
NO. My mommy still breast feeds me so I don't need tap water.

A certain A.netter in Florida


Oh, water, yes, tap water . . .

Yes, I drink the water in Anchorage. It's some of the cleanest in the world. EPA requires cities to "clean" a certain amount of contaminants, etc from city tap water during the filtration process. . . the water is so clean here it's not possible to do that - Anchorage always exceeds EPA and other health standards for it's water.

User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4139 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5594 times:

I use a water filter, but the water is tap...I think bottled water is just a wild scam and a ripoff.

User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5583 times:

I only drink tap water. Bottled water is just too expensive and basically the same thing.

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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5579 times:

Just so you all know, my job is to provide technical support to EPA for tap water regulation in the U.S. A few points:

Municipal water (i.e., water that is provided by a town or city system) is highly regulated here in the U.S. Unfortunately, private wells cannot be regulated in a similar fashion, as you may recognize the impracticality of this.

I recommend that if you drink water from a private well, please consider sending tap water samples to an accredited lab that is proficient in the analysis of drinking water.

As for municipal water, as TheCoz says, sometimes the water tastes like shit, even if it is OK for you. Usually, it is because there is a high percentage or liklihood of bacterial contamination that requires this kind of disinfection. EPA and municipalities are working to develop other means of disinfection to reduce taste issues, but, of course, there are cost implications. Other taste issues arise from natural formations that contain sulfur and other deposits, or surface waters that contain 2-methylisoborneol and geosmin (taste indicator compounds). Often, these are formed by natural decomposition of leaves, etc. in source waters. Again, I and many, many others are working on this.

As for bottled water, it MAY be cleaner, or it may not. It MAY taste better, but taste does not guarantee quality. There are fewer regulations on bottled water than there are on Municipal tap water.

I'm workin' for you guys.  


[Edited 2005-05-31 03:16:10]

User currently offlineLooneyToon From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5570 times:

I don't like the taste of tap water unless I am either in the US or South Africa. On occasion I drink tap water here (Asuncion, Paraguay) but it isnt reccomended, hasnt made me sick yet!

User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9498 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5566 times:

Tap water in Hong Kong is 100% drinkable. It is up to world class standards. But I don't trust the tanks, pipes etc.......

What about Sydney, Singapore, London, New York etc? Is tap water drinkable in these cities?

User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5557 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 17):
But I don't trust the tanks, pipes etc.......

You know, UA, that's a very good point. Here in the U.S., water is tested thorougly at the source (i.e., the water treatment plant), but there are limitations on how much the post-pipe water can be tested. One regulation we have is the lead and copper rule, which requires testing for lead and copper in targeted areas. Lead is an extreme toxin that comes from old piping (here in the U.S., only in older areas or from solder on slightly older copper piping; copper is less of a problem, but has asthetic issues and taste issues). Actually, Beacon Hill is a very old area of the City of Boston, and there are lead issues there. However, since excavation of lead piping in this very hilly and cramped are of downtown Boston is impractical (not to mention undesireable to the rich bastards who live there), the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) adds sodium carbonate to the water to raise the pH of the water to ~9, to minimize leaching of lead from pipes. Everyone in MA pays for this, BTW.

Other than this, though, I wouldn't worry too much about pipes, as much of the deposition is calcium/iron-based, etc. As long as the source water is clean, and lead and copper aren't an issue, you should be OK in terms of piping.


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9498 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5553 times:

But can we trust the tanks 100%?

Not sure about other countries. But in Hong Kong, most people live in high rise (40-80+ floors). We are not 100% sure whether or not the tanks are clean and how often they clean them.

Do they clean the pipes from time to time? Are they really that clean?

Better boil the water before you drink........

User currently offlineOzLAME From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5549 times:

I am perfectly happy to drink tap water anywhere. I grew up on a sheep station where we drank unfiltered 'rain water' from a corrugated metal tank that was probably full of various organisms and had mosquito larvae and frogs living in it. During a severe drought in the early 1980s we ran out of rain water for several months and drank water pumped from a nearby "tank", which was a big hole dug in the ground, situated to collect run-off from the pastures. God only knows what was in it, but it was the colour of tea with milk and sheep had died in it.
A few years ago we had a water-quality alert here in Sydney; everyone was told to boil their water before drinking as there were giardia and cryptosporidium in it. I didn't bother, I figured that I probably had drunk much worse already.

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User currently offlineAzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 784 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5547 times:
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I never drink tap water. I love good, cold, clear, refreshing pure water, but it is hard to find. Even bottled waters vary greatly, and many have a noticeable taste that I don't like.

But I have found one that is perfect, IMO. My fridge is always full of it, and I drink nothing else when at home: FIJI WATER!!!!

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User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4108 posts, RR: 49
Reply 22, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5548 times:

Yep, only water I drink, don't see why I should have to pay for water unless its dangerous to drink out of the tap in a particular area,


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User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5537 times:

Where I live at uni, the tap water tastes bad, and isn't even clear. So I just buy bottled water. However, most people here drink tap water.

User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5529 times:

The water at the dorms at UW really tastes like shit, and at home to be quite honest, but after running it through a Brita filter I drink it.

25 DfwRevolution : I dunno... I've had someone from my city come and ask for a water sample from my kitchen sink. Tap water is just about all I drink. My local water sy
26 United Airline : I agree!!!! Even my dorm too! I seldom purchase bottled water unless I feel thirsty when I am at the town.... Do you boil it first? I do sometimes.
27 Garnetpalmetto : You do realize that Aquafina comes from municipal tap water sources near Pepsi bottling plants, right?
28 Jfkaua : has anyone seen thats news report where they compared like a 1000 dollar ultra violet something something filtration system against water from a janit
29 FlyMIA : Yea I drink mostly tap. Will drink bottled water always unless I am in Canada the USA or The Bahamas. Will buy bottled water once in a while.
30 TPASXM787 : Definately bottled. Our tap water tastes like crap. I guess it's good if you like large chunks of dirt floating in your water. If not, go bottled.
31 NIKV69 : It still tastes the best as far as all bottled water goes!
32 LambertSTL777 : Please tell me how many teeth you have left? Watch out, Fiji Water doesn't contain any added flouride which some other bottled waters and all tap wat
33 Airlinerfreak : I would probably die of some poisoning if I drank the tap water here in L.A.
34 Gigneil : I pass tap water through a Pur filter here at the house before drinking it. I just prefer the taste of water after I filter it. DC has had some water
35 ANCFlyer : An unappreciated field of endeavor - wonder how many folks know what it takes to get and maintain clean water? Since we're talking of plumbing . . .
36 Post contains images Gigneil : There are still parts of DC that transport water in wooden aqueducts. N
37 CanadianNorth : I drink it all the time. Sometimes when travelling I use the bottled stuff, and to be honest I can't tell the diff in taste between bottled water and
38 Post contains images Vaporlock : I always drink bottled water....it is so cheap to buy and tap water tastes like crap! Phyllis
39 Falcon84 : Been drinking tap water all my life. The only city I haven't been able to drink it in was St. Joseph, MO, my wife's hometown. Their water left a film
40 United Airline : What about Australia and Singapore?
41 Monteycarlos : Interestingly enough, Melbourne water (straight from the tap) is actually bottled and exported. Its very good because of its natural levels of minera
42 Gigneil : No matter how good the water is in another first world country, don't drink it. Whenever travelling, even from Singapore, or the UK, or France or Gema
43 United Airline : Well said! Sydney should be ok. I normally drink from the tap when I am lazy. Never got sick before (It tastes strange though) I normally drink bottl
44 Post contains images Mexicana757 : Yes filler filler.................filler
45 JCS17 : Depends. If I've been too lazy to buy some bottled water and throw it in the fridge, then yes, I'll drink tap water. I don't necessarily mind the tast
46 Post contains images Mrniji : I do take tap water if nothing else is available, but prefer bottled water, no matter where I am.. Here in Delhi it is OK, but some other places in In
47 Post contains images NZ747 : Fiji Water has a hidden ingredient that gives that subtle after taste . Who cares if it has no fluoride, If you brush your teeth you should be fine,
48 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Are you drinking water out of your shitter JCS?
49 Kalakaua : Hawaiian tap water is always awesome... Now water that comes from mountain dikes. Awesome... Arizona, especially Phoenix... As mentioned by TheCo, it'
50 Cptkrell : Detroit tap water is the best I've tasted anywhere in the US (or internationally for that matter, except perhaps Switzerland, but that was 'way back).
51 KLM685 : Here in Mexico we drink lots of that kind of water. Though at homes we just boil it. It's not dirty as everyone outside Mexico thinks
52 777ER : The water is perfectly fine so yes I drink tap water
53 Alcregular : We drink tap water, but we put it in a filter first as sometimes it tastes like bleach with all the chloride in it. Sometimes it smells really strong
54 United Airline : The stream water near Milford Sound was soooooooooooo fresh......
55 707CMF : I usually drink tap water. At my place I filter it (tastes like shit otherwise), and at work I drink fountain water. I only buy a bottle when I need a
56 NumberTwelve : In Germany I mostly drink sparkling water which is very common here. But the "silent" water is getting more and more popular. When I was in Australia
57 PJS800 : The tap water in my town tastes like crap, so we just drink bottled water. If it didn't taste so bad I'd have no problem drinking it. PJ
58 Leskova : Tap water all the time - at the office we've got one of those machines that turns tap water into sparkling water, and I usually end up drinking up to
59 HAWK21M : Prefer Filtered/Boiled water. Drink around 9-10 liters a day.At times 12. My friends find it a lot.But I feel real thirsty. regds MEL
60 Post contains images Mir : Only in North Dakota..... At my apartment in New York, I drink water from the tap, via a filter. Elsewhere, I either find a water fountain or buy a b
61 Post contains images Thom@s : Yep. In Norway the tap water tastes much better than the bottled one. All them mountains provide plenty of fresh drinking water. Thom@s
62 Post contains images VirginAbby : I have no problem with drinking the tap water over here, in fact I drink 2-3 litres per day of the stuff
63 QANTASforever : I almost vomited when I drank tap water in LA - YUCK!! The water here is alright, nowhere near as good as Sydney water though. To me, the best tapwate
64 ZKSUJ : I do drink tap water at home, but here I don't. The kitchen is really dirty where I am, and I prefer to boil it before I drink it as a precaution. Oth
65 JGPH1A : I love the tap water I get here, I really like the taste. I has a high mineral content, so you have to filter it to use it in the kettle (otherwise yo
66 AM744 : I don't but apparently it could be done. As KL685 said tap water is not that bad in Mexico, it gets dirty inside home and office tanks. Certain studie
67 Wunala : Sydney Water is fine. What little we have left of it !!! Though I usually drink the tap water filtered from the fridge, as it is chilled. But have no
68 Logan22L : PVC has been shown to be prone to leaching of vinyl chloride (a carcinogen) into the water. I imagine that this would be reduced over time, but I thi
69 ANCFlyer : So, your advice on the "best" supply line plumbing? Copper? PolyBut? PVC?
70 Post contains images Logan22L : Depends on who it is. I can think of a few A.netters to whom I would recommend lead. Seriously, though, piping isn't really my area of expertise. Cop
71 LambertSTL777 : ..same with NYC. Anytime I'm in NYC I try to avoid the tap water, because of how it's transported. I'm sure some of you have seen the series "buildin
72 Seb146 : Portland has some of the best water anywhere! It is so good, we have it flowing out of drinking fountains on street corners. The people from out of to
73 Gigneil : That could be a sign of hyperglycemia. N
74 JCS17 : Ughhh, don't get me started about the hot water in the toilets. Not to get too graphic, but when you go down to... uhhh... clean up, and feel the hea
75 United Airline : Quoting Seb146 (Reply 72): Portland has some of the best water anywhere! It is so good, we have it flowing out of drinking fountains on street corners
76 SK A340 : In Stockholm (and most parts of Sweden) tha tap water is much better than the bottled, so yes I drink tap water. (It's also ALOT cheaper then bottled.
77 United Airline : Where are they from????
78 Andz : Our tap water is great, among the best in the world. Bottled water is a rip off....spell EVIAN backwards and see what you get.
79 United Airline : You can't use PVC for drinking water as PVC is poisonous/toxic
80 Logan22L : Well, PVC is not toxic, but the monomer used to make PVC, vinyl chloride, is a potent carcinogen. It can leach from the PVC as I had noted in Reply #
81 United Airline : So is it possible to use PVC as water pipes?
82 Logan22L : Of course it's possible, but it is typically only used in grey water (exit) pipes here. The distribution piping is usually copper because of the pote
83 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Flush first . . . Seriously, the toilet water is warm here as well . . . keeps the tank from sweating . . . there is a connection just off the hot wa
84 Post contains images United Airline : For incoming water I doubt anyone uses PVC right? Copper is better I guess. How do you know? You touched it before?
85 CPDC10-30 : I want to keep my teeth, therefore I drink tap water. Very few people realize that you lose the fluoride protection when you drink bottled water. My s
86 Post contains images Logan22L : My pleasure. I wish I could give you other options, but I'm sure engineers have been spending major research bucks trying to answer this very questio
87 BH346 : Wichita tap water tastes nasty and sometimes it smells. I can tolerate it filtered, but I just get Culligan water and it's pretty good. Nearly everyon
88 United Airline : Usually you get filtered water in hotels....... Ever had the tap water in Hong Kong? Theoretically you can. But I won't!
89 Post contains images Monteycarlos : Yeah I imagine that NZ water would be pretty good. Where is that? Yeah I guess it depends where you go... obviously some areas are more isolated and
90 Post contains images United Airline : South Island, New Zealand. One of the top ten most beautiful sights on earth. Fiords....... Somewhere near Queenstown. 6-8 hours by car For some peop
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