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Old October 11th, 2017, 03:55 AM   #37241
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I hate carbonated water.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 06:07 AM   #37242
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Thank God somone else who hates carbonated water. I felt like the only one up untill know.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 09:48 AM   #37243
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Where can I sign up into the club? I hate carbonated water. The best water is tap water.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 10:25 AM   #37244
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Old October 11th, 2017, 10:40 AM   #37245
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Bottled water is not a big thing in the Netherlands. Supermarkets do sell it, but far less than in France or Spain. Tap water is of high quality in the Netherlands and has been that way for decades.

I remember some stories from the late 1990s that you shouldn't drink tap water in southern France, but evidently that has faded somewhat.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 11:02 AM   #37246
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Thank God somone else who hates carbonated water. I felt like the only one up untill know.
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I'll drink it if i have to, but I prefer tap water by a long shot.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 11:16 AM   #37247
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We have a SodaStream machine in our office. I drink it every now and then.

Bottled water occupies a minute part of supermarket shelves here in Norway. Water in Bergen is great. Water in the Netherlands is very safe and clean (they did those tests showing tap water is better than most common bottled waters sold there), but it has a lot of chalk dissolved on it, at least in Brabant. It does not pose any risk for human or animal consumption, but it does leave some crusty dust in taps, metal pieces in the shower, and it makes washing hair and clothes less efficient. It may interefere with certain types of cooking that use warm but not boiled water. Of course, using bottled water is useless for cooking as an improvement because it has even more dissolves minerals.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 04:18 PM   #37248
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Where can I sign up into the club? I hate carbonated water. The best water is tap water.
Totally agree, sparking water is neither nice nor worth being paid for. I don't like fizzy drinks in general, including and maybe especially carbonated water.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 04:19 PM   #37249
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In Belgium it depends. Here in Limburg tap water is rich in calcium and tastes pretty good. Some other regions have tap water that doesn't taste so good. I didn't like the tap water in the city of Tienen.

Test-Aankoop also tested tap water in 44 locations in Belgium and found that nearly all of them where of better quality than regular bottled water. Some scored less because of nitrates in the water due to industrialised agriculture.

Most soruces of bottled water are actually the same as the tap water but with added minirals. You can buy an expensive SPA botlle yes, but why won't a natural source near you be as healthy?
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I want to add to that, tap water in Morroco, and all of the Balkan countries I have visited tasted and smelled heavely of chlorine. Would not recommend to drink any tap water there. It might be safe but the chlorine taste is auwfull.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 04:32 PM   #37250
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...........and all of the Balkan countries I have visited tasted and smelled heavely of chlorine. Would not recommend to drink any tap water there. It might be safe but the chlorine taste is auwfull.
Chlorine is present in the Balkan. But we are not Africa and our environment is generally clean. In my country the tap water is safe to drink and it's super healthy. It has to do with the mountains and the terrain overall. That way is rich with minerals. In cities chlorine is present, but you can only wait for couple of seconds to dissolve and you can drink it.
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Totally agree, sparking water is neither nice nor worth being paid for. I don't like fizzy drinks in general, including and maybe especially carbonated water.
Well, Coca-cola is sometimes good when I have an headache or need to stay up for a long time but yes.

When I see racks full of mineral water packages in supermarket it fells like they are selling packed air. Yes, it is something different when you are a foreigner and you are not used to our bacteria in our tap water. But for locals?
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Bottled water is not a big thing in the Netherlands. Supermarkets do sell it, but far less than in France or Spain. Tap water is of high quality in the Netherlands and has been that way for decades.

I remember some stories from the late 1990s that you shouldn't drink tap water in southern France, but evidently that has faded somewhat.
The parameters of the tap water in Poland are being monitored, and in case something that shouldn't be there is detected in it, the local (and sometimes even central) media inform about it - e.g. that it must be boiled before drinking, that it can be used for washing only, or that even washing in it can be dangerous and it shouldn't be used for anything but flushing the toilet (although in such a case, they would probably just turn it off for safety reasons). But it's a rarity and normally, the tap water is safe.

However, if someone has water from own well, then its parameters may vary - it's not always of a good quality and then people often install filters.

The water supply company of Łódź had even a campaign under the slogan "The Łódź Water is the Best":



The poster compares the parameters of a typical bottled water with the city water.

And they installed dispensers with tap water in some places like offices:



Concerning the bad effect of the minerals in water on the efficiency of washing, as well as on the state of devices like washing machines, an agent which you can add to the washing powder to protect your washing machine is advertised very much in TV commercials. Although I have also seen opinions that actually using it makes you spend more money than if you bought a new washing machine every few years once the old one gets damaged by the lime... And you sometimes have to exchange the machine anyway.

But washing machines anyway last long. We recently exchanged our one. The previous one (Bosch) was used for something like 15 years. The one before (Polar PS 663 Bio - a Polish model from 1970s and 1980s, an interesting solution in it was that the container for washing powder wasn't in form of a drawer, but there was a door on the top of the machine for that - see here this was a good washing machine, the whole Poland was doing laundry in them) was also very durable, even though no water-softening agents were used in that times.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 10:01 PM   #37253
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Well, Coca-cola is sometimes good when I have an headache ...
That's because of caffeine.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 11:35 PM   #37254
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When I see racks full of mineral water packages in supermarket it fells like they are selling packed air. Yes, it is something different when you are a foreigner and you are not used to our bacteria in our tap water. But for locals?
Is tap water available everywhere?

In Finland, most of the rural areas are without public water pipes. Instead, wells are the primary sources of drinking water. The quality of water in wells varies a lot.

The well at my second home at the countryside is in a questionable condition. Repairing it would cost quite a lot of money, and it is not sure if that would make any help. Typically, I buy a 5-litre bottle of water at the local supermarket when travelling there. It is more than enough for two persons for a weekend. I do not feel guilty or dumb.

Oh, sometimes I buy two such bottles. The second one is for the ice cube machine.

We have quite a good variety of sparkling mineral waters available. The bubbles taste good!
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Old October 12th, 2017, 05:39 AM   #37255
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A friend of mine from Ljubljana moved permanently to Bolivia yesterday. I wonder, if he'll stay there for the rest of his life.
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Back in the 70s, when bottled water was first becoming “a thing” in the U.S., Consumer Reports - a non-profit magazine that specializes in evaluating products for safety, value and so on - ran a test of several brands of water...and New York City tap water. The tap water won.
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Old October 12th, 2017, 09:56 AM   #37258
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Back in the 70s, when bottled water was first becoming “a thing” in the U.S., Consumer Reports - a non-profit magazine that specializes in evaluating products for safety, value and so on - ran a test of several brands of water...and New York City tap water. The tap water won.
The question about tap water and bottled mineral water is like comparing tenderloin to sausage.

Tenderloin is pure high-quality meat but tastes nothing as such. Sausage is some meats added with various guts and spices. Like on water, the impurities carry the taste.
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Old October 12th, 2017, 10:04 AM   #37259
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Is tap water available everywhere?

In Finland, most of the rural areas are without public water pipes. Instead, wells are the primary sources of drinking water. The quality of water in wells varies a lot.

The well at my second home at the countryside is in a questionable condition. Repairing it would cost quite a lot of money, and it is not sure if that would make any help. Typically, I buy a 5-litre bottle of water at the local supermarket when travelling there. It is more than enough for two persons for a weekend. I do not feel guilty or dumb.

Oh, sometimes I buy two such bottles. The second one is for the ice cube machine.

We have quite a good variety of sparkling mineral waters available. The bubbles taste good!
I would say the overwhelming majority of people has connection to tap water. Few rely on their own wells plus there are some people who are connected to tap water and have wells as well. However, these wells are subject of strict hygienic inspections.

Most of people around me like the new healthy lifestyle and drink only water. Unfortunately most of them prefer bottled water which makes an incredibly huge amount of waste. We have the largest river island in Europe which is very rich in quality underground water that is drought to Slovak pipelines (at least in the western Slovakia). It is shame.
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I would say the overwhelming majority of people has connection to tap water. Few rely on their own wells plus there are some people who are connected to tap water and have wells as well. However, these wells are subject of strict hygienic inspections.

Most of people around me like the new healthy lifestyle and drink only water. Unfortunately most of them prefer bottled water which makes an incredibly huge amount of waste. We have the largest river island in Europe which is very rich in quality underground water that is drought to Slovak pipelines (at least in the western Slovakia). It is shame.
Bottles make minor amounts of waste only, if there is a working recycling process. So, if the waste is the problem, then the root cause is not the bottled water itself, but the lack of infrastructure.
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