United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9218 posts, RR: 15 Posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2131 times:
I started a topic on tap water but was locked sometime ago.
I normally do except in places which tap water are not drinkable due to hygiene problem. Always in Canada, USA, Western Europe, Norway, Southern Europe, Australia, New Zealand etc and sometimes in Hong Kong when I am lazy (the water in Hong Kong is drinkable directly from the tap) though a small amount of chlorine/fluorine have been added to the water (Shouldn't be a problem). Go to: http://www.wsd.gov.hk/en/html/others/faq_wq.htm
So do you? And does the water in your home city contain chlorine and fluroline and stuffs like that? I know countries like Canada, Switzerland etc do not.....
Allstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2111 times:
Quoting United Airline (Thread starter): So do you? And does the water in your home city contain chlorine and fluroline and stuffs like that?
No way - my condo (rented now) has a built-in Culligan and now I buy spring water (a buck and some change at Shoppers). If I have to drink tap, I will, but I prefer having my own system, obviously due to all the chemicals that are irresponsibly dumped or just allowed to get into the system. I don't know if the problem will be fixed, ever, over here in the States. I don't know of a place in the U.S., either, where residents can be confident they can drink unpolluted water from the faucet.
777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2105 times:
Quoting United Airline (Thread starter): And does the water in your home city contain chlorine and fluroline and stuffs like that? I know countries like Canada, Switzerland etc do not.....
Uh tap water nearly everywhere will contain cholorine. Tap water in most places will contain flourine, especially with the increase in tooth decay seen in the Western world.
Of course I drink tap water. Despite chemicals like chlorine and flourine, it's perfectly safe. To argue it's not, based on no empirical evidence, is similar to arguing that organic food is better for you - there's nothing to suggest it is.
MarBergi From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2084 times:
Quoting Thom@s (Reply 6): Tap water is about as clean as it gets here...
this is actually quite true - tap water is actually cleaner (on paper anyway) than bottled natural spring water as while tap water is generally treated bottled water is not allowed to be treated and still be called natural.
ME AVN FAN From Algeria, joined May 2002, 13934 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2068 times:
In countries in Western Europe it at least is no problem, but it differs from community to community, it might be quite good in some place (like Zurich-downtown and up-lake) and so full of lime (in places like Glattbrugg near ZRH) that after a glass you need of calcium for a day or two is covered. In places like Egypt (and most of the Arab World) I would much advise against. You can use it for teeth-cleaning, but not much more. In case you HAD a glass due to having been thirsty, contact the nearest bar and ask for an Arak, dilute it with water and drink it, before embarking into other activities !
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 67
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2059 times:
My water is from my own well and the level is presently about 170 feet (52 meters) down. It tastes exactly like the bottled water my wife was buying at Costco which was about the same price as gasoline.
We do use bottled, distilled water in our coffee maker though.
Went to a wedding reception last night. They ran out of bottled water early and still had tons of beer and wine left. Sign of the times.
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Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2045 times:
Quoting Allstarflyer (Reply 2): No way - my condo (rented now) has a built-in Culligan and now I buy spring water (a buck and some change at Shoppers). If I have to drink tap, I will, but I prefer having my own system, obviously due to all the chemicals that are irresponsibly dumped or just allowed to get into the system. I don't know if the problem will be fixed, ever, over here in the States. I don't know of a place in the U.S., either, where residents can be confident they can drink unpolluted water from the faucet.
I'm glad you are concerned about pollutants in drinking water, but you have to realize that risk assessments have been performed on hundreds of chemicals to establish acceptable levels of ingestion. Public water systems are required to analyze for over 80 anaytes in their source water and their distribution system. Other regulations require systems to look for other contaminants that may need to be regulated in the future.
Further, many bottled waters come from the very same source water as tap water which you don't want to drink. Problem is, the same laws that force public water systems to monitor are not in place for bottled water producers! So, have your perceptions, but at least base them on reality. Do some homework on this, and you might like your tap water a bit more than your bottled.
Glidepath73 From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 44
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2020 times:
Germany has on of the highest standard for Tap water. The hygiene is a very important point. (Even they try to reduce the necessary amount of Chlorine, in Germany you taste almost no Chlorine in the Tap water.) Here in "Schwarzwald", we have mostly excellent Tap water. I drink it very frequently. In some regions here, the water is very healthy, has a lot of minerals and is even recommended by the doctors to drink it... from the Tap.
Derico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4336 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2011 times:
I've been drinking tap water since I was a kid walking around with my friends in the summer heat opening my neighbor's outdoor taps, never got sick in my life. I'm very picky on drinking and eating things that are clean and fresh, but I trust the water as it is 100% potable.
In Argentina the tap water all over the country is excellent, I'd say the best in Latin America. Even in the far north near the borders, with some exceptions, everyone drinks it safely. In Patagonia you can even drink the water from creeks. I've never heard of a foreigner getting sick from Argentine tap water, and foreigners eat loads of salads and iced drinks when visiting. Every guide book like Frommers, Fordors, Lonely Planet says tap water in the country is completely safe. Smart tourists know this, but many are ignorant of this and spend loads of money unnecesarily in bottled water (which is great too), but they could have used all that cash in other things...
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Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2000 times:
Quoting Allstarflyer (Reply 18): I was taught there's a difference between tap, distilled, spring, etc.
Well, there is. It depends on how you use the term "bottled" water and what the source water is. Spring water is groundwater that is naturally filtered through rock, etc. It is susceptible to contamination as is all other groundwater. It tends to taste good because of the mineral content. Keep in mind, though, that the regulations for spring and other bottled waters, are not as strict as that for Public Water Suppliers.
Distilled water is likely to be purest; however, it generally tastes flat as the minerals are removed. Bottom line, be aware of the source of your bottled water. A spring in Elizabeth, NJ is probably not going to give you cleaner water than a Public Water Supplier in Augusta, ME, for example.
Filtered tap water will give you a level of protection, but be aware that the kinetics of desorption can be very rapid, and if the filter gets saturated, you might get a slug of contamination in your next glass. Also, some filters remove volatile organics (carbon) and others metals (ion exchange resins). Just know what you're removing, and what you are not.
I say all of this because as someone whose job it is to provide technical support to EPA for drinking water regulation, don't just listen to public perception of tap water vs. bottled water. Look at the science.