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Old May 13th, 2015, 02:33 PM   #31561
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We have also a very good quality tap water here in Bratislava with sources on Panonian Basin. But the quality of pipe network should be taken into account too. In case of my house, the pipes are 51 years old. We are about to renew it this or next year. So I prefer bottled water for the time being.
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Old May 13th, 2015, 02:43 PM   #31562
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Today I was buying food in grocery store here in suburbs of Toronto (Oakville)

I see that strange bottles of water Europeans love, and sure enough, Product of Slovenia!
Radomsko? I don't know. 1.5 L for $1.50. Probably in Slovenia 1.50 Euro Next door they sell gasoline (petrol) for $1.10 for 1 L.
Europeans are so weird
I wonder how many people in that store could find Slovenia on a map?
You mean Radenska?

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Old May 13th, 2015, 02:43 PM   #31563
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1.5 l of water cost as low as 0.2€, in Italy
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I pay € 0.72 per m³ for drinking water. That's € 0.0007 per liter.
Apples and oranges. No matter how much they say it's good, I'll never drink tap water. It tasted awful in every city I lived in.
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Old May 13th, 2015, 02:52 PM   #31564
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It's considered very strange in the Netherlands if one doesn't drink the tap water.

Restaurants even serve it because it tastes the same as bottled water.
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Old May 13th, 2015, 03:08 PM   #31565
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Restaurants even serve it because it tastes the same as bottled water.
The same in Sweden and many other countries.

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Tap water in Germany is also very high quality.
But for example here in Bavaria for example it contains much "Kalk" (is that lime on English?). So on the long term I don't think it's very good for your kidneys. You have to buy a water filter and drink that water, tap water is also very bad for coffee machines, washing machines, etc.
I live in Bavaria too. My tap water is without "Kalk" but just on the other side of the river, people have a big problem with "Kalk". As you wrote, it's even bad for washing machines etc.

I usually don't drink tap water. I buy bottled water (~0.50 €/liter).
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Old May 13th, 2015, 03:37 PM   #31566
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It's considered very strange in the Netherlands if one doesn't drink the tap water.

Restaurants even serve it because it tastes the same as bottled water.
I've read that bottled water produced here in NL is from the same kind of 'wells' as the Dutch tap water is.
I only have bottles because I drink a LOT. Like, a LOT of water every day. So I have a glass of water and then a bottle of water. I fill the glass and the bottle and then when my glass is empty I don't have to walk again and can just refill. When both are empty I fill both of them up (with tap water) and start all over. At the end of the week I get a new bottle and the story repeats
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Old May 13th, 2015, 04:52 PM   #31567
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I came home from Turkey last sunday and we were told not to drink water, so we didn't. What about those icecubes in the poolbar? We had them...Nothing happened.
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Old May 13th, 2015, 05:03 PM   #31568
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Bottled water especially carbonated is very popular in Hungary. We have a long tradition with "soda" water. If I'm not mistaken it was a hungarian dude who invented or put it into massproduction I don't remember.(I made some research) No it is not entirely true. Ányos Jedlik back in 1826 made it possible to massproduce sodawater cheap.
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Old May 13th, 2015, 05:30 PM   #31569
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In Serbia there is a variety of bottled water brands, both carbonated and non-carbonated. The water in our area tastes okay, but it does have lots of lime (bad for water heaters) and it sometimes becomes contaminated, mostly after a serious rain. As for bottled water, there are two brands that I can't stand, because of their bitter taste: Rosa and Prolom Voda.
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Old May 13th, 2015, 05:36 PM   #31570
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Very hot already in southern Spain, with temperatures up to 38 °C. The record high for Sevilla in May is 39 °C.

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Old May 13th, 2015, 05:49 PM   #31571
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I came home from Turkey last sunday and we were told not to drink water, so we didn't. What about those icecubes in the poolbar? We had them...Nothing happened.
Have a shot of spirit every day while you are on vacation and you'll be okay. I've been practising it since the age of 7 (first, my mum pour it to coffee spoon, then tea spoon and after the age of 18 to shot) and never had gastronomical problems.

There is no chance to avoid drinking local water completely: as you mentioned the ice cubes or brushing teeth, etc.
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Old May 13th, 2015, 06:16 PM   #31572
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When I was in Africa I brushed my teeth with bottled water. It was too unsafe. But otherwise I drink tap water all over Europe. The worst water is only in south Italy and Greece. Even in Turkey in Istanbul was better.
About lime (Kalk): all tap water in Slovenia is hard to very hard but none has kidney problems because of that.
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Old May 13th, 2015, 06:17 PM   #31573
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Apples and oranges. No matter how much they say it's good, I'll never drink tap water. It tasted awful in every city I lived in.
In Italy or abroad?
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Old May 13th, 2015, 06:50 PM   #31574
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There is no chance to avoid drinking local water completely: as you mentioned the ice cubes or brushing teeth, etc.
If you don't have gingival problems and if you don't drink the water you used to brush your teeth (I suppose that nobody does this), I think that there is almost no risk by using it this way...

But in ice cubes, the water stay the same, it could be a risk...

The same with non-botled sodas from fast foods, etc...
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Old May 13th, 2015, 07:30 PM   #31575
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In Italy or abroad?
I only lived abroad in Munich, but I didn't drink tap water there, too.
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Old May 13th, 2015, 11:22 PM   #31576
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Small water bottles sell well in the UK, for people that are out and about, but the big ones that people take home aren't even sold here I don't think. The only place I've ever been where I didn't like the tap water was Donegal in Ireland but I drank it anyway, I don't think brining home water to drink would really occur to me unless it was unsafe.

In Portugal some people buy big bottles from the supermarket and take them home, but most people drink tap water.
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Old May 14th, 2015, 12:45 AM   #31577
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But in ice cubes, the water stay the same, it could be a risk...
Doesn't the freezing process kill bacteria? However I think that in developing countries not only bacteria are a concern, but also chemical pollutants, as factories there don't have to fulfill strict environmental controls like in Europe.

Here the tap water tastes quite normal if drank directly from the tap. However, if put in a bottle and drank later, it gets a bad taste. I don't know why, maybe too much chlorine, but I prefer to avoid drinking it unless I've no bottled water. In the Alps, instead, no need to purchase bottled water as tap water is perfect.
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Old May 14th, 2015, 01:04 AM   #31578
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I don't drink tap water because in my hometown it's banned for drinking for 11 years because of heavy metals in water.
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Old May 14th, 2015, 01:04 AM   #31579
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You mean Radenska?
It's Czech now.
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Old May 14th, 2015, 01:07 AM   #31580
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You mean Radenska?
Exactly this bottle on the right side of picture
What does it cost locally? If more than $1.50 I can send you bottles or an europallet of it and you can send me back slivovica (the government taxes it so much here )

I had never drank bottled water in my life before I went to Europe, I was like, you're at home, so tap is there, water no good?
Answer: yes no good!

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Doesn't the freezing process kill bacteria? However I think that in developing countries not only bacteria are a concern, but also chemical pollutants, as factories there don't have to fulfill strict environmental controls like in Europe.
Boiling will kill bacteria (almost all), but freezing will only "freeze" bacteria and stop their activity. When it becomes liquid again the bacteria reactivate. Kind of like the cabin in the winter where the flies look dead but once the fire gets hot they start flying around until the fire goes out and next week they are lying around again

I am not so sure of strict environmental controls in Europe, for one, the tap water sucks
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