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Tapwater: Not As Clean As You Might Hope

Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:41 pm

Given that we already had some fiery discussions on whether one should buy bottled water or not, I thought that should share this NYT piece on toxins in drinking water:

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RE: Tapwater: Not As Clean As You Might Hope

Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:02 pm

Should I have worries drinking rheinländisches Leitungswasser? It tastes namely quite well, so I drink quite a lot of it. Prefer some types of bottled water though, but is the tap water here good enough to not worry?
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RE: Tapwater: Not As Clean As You Might Hope

Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:17 pm

Aero145, you could download the data sheet from your local water works. The proper term is Wasserwerk, so google for Wasserwerk + name-of-city.

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RE: Tapwater: Not As Clean As You Might Hope

Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:40 pm

Even here in Costa Rica, I've been drinking tap water for years and I never got ill from it. BTW, just for curiosity, here's the current link of the most recent water analysis made on the Wasserwerk close to where I used to live, the Wasserwerk Schnelsen of the HWW (now part of Hamburg Wasser). Most of the trace elements were not detectable, while the rest is safely below limits.

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RE: Tapwater: Not As Clean As You Might Hope

Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:21 am

Luckily Helsinki has one of the best tap waters in Europe, coming from a huge lake north of the capital.
The very same water is bottled and exported under the trademark 'Nord Water', especially to Saudi-Arabia:

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