Can you drink the tap water in your country?

I live in the UK (and we can). I remember going to Portugal though about 10 years ago, and that's like a first world country, but even there you couldn't drink the tap water :o, so I was really surprised. Is it like that for a lot of places. Please also list the country you can or can't drink it from if you feel comfortable doing so.

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  • I have never drank tap water so I cannot say much.

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  • If there are places in the US, like flint, MI, then I see no reason why any other town in the US would be any safer.

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  • Here in a developing country, you are better off boiling tap water first. I usually boil it, leave it to cool, then I place it in the refrigerator for it to be chilled.

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  • Yes but it has added flouride. I drink bottled water with low flouride levels

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    • I support adding floride to the water supply.

      Floride is a pretty harmless additive to water that prevents tooth decay. It's cheaper for cities to do this than to have a rampant tooth decay problem. While everybody can just brush their damn teeth if i was a city planner I wouldn't trust the "common sense" dental hygiene of the average person.

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      • I read a study that makes me not want to drink fluoride or give it to my kid. I brush my teeth well. I dont know if the study was a fluke but I'll copy and paste you can decide



        A research team from York University. The study followed 601 pairs of mothers and the children whom they had given birth to from 2008 to 2012. All of these women were part of the larger Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals program that had recruited pregnant women from 10 different Canadian cities. Under half (41%) of these mothers had lived in communities in which fluoride was added to the tap water.

        During the study, 512 of these mothers had submitted urine samples during each of their three trimesters of pregnancy to get tested for fluoride levels while 400 had completed questionnaires on their regular consumption of tap water and water-based beverages, such as tea and coffee. From the answers to these questionnaires, researchers then estimated the amount of fluoride that the mothers had consumed on average each day during pregnancy. Not surprisingly, those mothers who had lived in areas with fluoridated tap water had significantly higher levels of both fluoride in their urine (0.69 mg/L vs 0.40 mg/L) and calculated daily fluoride intake (0.93 mg vs 0.30 mg) than those who lived in areas where the tap water did not have added fluoride.

        After the mothers gave birth, the study then followed the resulting children, 52% of whom were female. When the children reached ages 3 to 4, they underwent testing, using the Wechsler Primary and Preschool Scale of Intelligence-III, to determine their IQ scores. On average, the girls scored significantly higher than the boys did (109.56 vs. 104.61).

        Here then are the crowning findings from this study. The study revealed an association between the mothers’ average daily fluoride intake (as estimated from the questionnaires) during pregnancy and the subsequent IQ scores of their children. For every 1 mg increase in the daily intake of fluoride, there was on average a corresponding 3.66 decrease in the children’s IQ score. When looking at the mothers’ urine levels of fluoride, the researchers found a similar association for boys but not for girls. For every 1 mg/L increase in the mothers’ measured urine fluoride levels, there was an associated 4.49 decrease in the boys.

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        • Ok dont drink tap water when pregnant. Apparently fluoride fucks with inteligence during pregnancy.

          Besides that theres no reason not to add fluoride. Literally everything will cause bad effects if you ingest too much of it. I guess flouride is something you have to look out for when you are pregnant

          The more you know.

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          • Ever been pregnant, man? Or it's not fluoride, you were born with such low IQ?

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            • I assume you mean that pregnant women are thirsty. Fine, drink water from a water bottle... oh wait theres harmful plastic in water bottles. Ok then use a filter. It's a 30$ purchase.

              4 points in IQ really wont hamper nor help someone in a noticable way.

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      • I support the assasinasion or organised euthanasia for all harmful idiotic individuals willing to impose their destructive ways on others.
        Do you live in some N-word ghetto where is that where ppl don't brush their teeth? If so, that's their own problem. What if they also don't wash their hands - put something else in the water? Yeah, instead of teach them basic hygiene.

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        • I support assassinations of people we cant negotiate with if the alternative is war with a country. Problem with killing everyone who disagrees with you Robespierre, is that eventually that's going to include you too or your going to end up with just a society of wacknuts on the other side of the isle and fuck yourself without a moderating factor.

          Adding flouride to the water as a basic oral hygiene additive saves the tax payer money in the long run. In most places it's a 1/34$ savings as in for every 1$ spent on adding flouride it saves someone 34$ on average to fix their teeth. Maybe people have week enamel on their teeth, maybe there are gorges in their molars that cavities can hide in. If you dont want to drink that then buy a filter. No one is stopping people from buying a filter.

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          • Dentist's fees are private expenses in the US as far as I know (and all the countries following it's governance model) it's not a concern of public spending. It's a private matter how one spends their own money. Your financial argument is total bs.
            All your are doing, one shitpost after another, is to prove the effect of fluoride creating brain-damaged morons supporting destructive antihuman policies.

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            • You really don't know the history of modern dental hygiene do you? How most people in the 20th century before the fluoridation process would lose their teeth by 50. How by adding fluoridated water to the general public dropped tooth decay in all groups by a whopping 50-80% resulting in fewer cases of tooth loss.

              Why did do developed countries do this? Why america is specifically targeted by the anti flouride movement that was originally started by christian "scientists" most developed countries use flouride in their water sources for the exact same reason as the USA.

              America since it doesnt use a public healthcare system like Denmark needs the crutch of having fluoride added so some of their citizens dont loose all their teeth by 50.

              You dont want flouride? Fine. Drink from a well or use a filter. I dont care. It's a minor public good vs a minor public bad. It's really 50/50 on the help vs hinder score.

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  • yes i drink the water from my 400 foot deep drilled well

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  • Yes you can drink water in the USA, quality in taste varies. Most city tap water contains fluoride (not to mind control) because having your poor civilians also having tooth decay is bad. I get mine from a well and use salt to turn it into soft water rather than drinking hard water. Most people who are sticklers about taste use a filter but this is mostly unnecessary.

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    • The more I read about the US, the more I see what a shit country that is. (though I'm not sure if mine is not doing the same hideously).
      Long ago it's been scientifically proven that fluoride kills the pineal gland and that's why this matter is even a topic. I guess it has done it's job on you.
      And if indeed it protects from tooth decay, isn't it better put in toothpaste, which one spits out instead of swallow and absorb to 100% and also can choose whether to buy one containing it or not..?
      Your government and elites prefer to rule over brainless population. No wonder they promote all kind of debauchery and degradation like pornography, homosexuality, promiscuity and rap or black 'culture' that we see portrayed by Nicki Minaj etc. pathetic characters
      A 'culture' even animals would reject

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  • I’m in uk so I can but most other countries I’ve visited couldn’t. Even in Florida I wasn’t sure whether you could or not

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    • its probably ok in florida if you've lived there a while. I usually get the shits when I travel and drink the tap water even if its clean. Idk why i assumed it different bacteria in the water or something

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  • A sneaky way to find out where others are from, I was curious to learn too. No reason to give my location in this context though - I wouldn't drink tap water IN ANY COUNTRY!!
    I don't see how the water in UK shall be safer than other countries. Do you have any scientific data? Sure, in some 3rd world cointries it's expected to be even worse but this doesn't mean in the UK it's safe enough. Even if they have studied samples of water right off the exit filters of supply dams, what about plumbing? How can you be sure there aren’t rusty pipes in your building or the waterways under your city? Or a small rupture that will be enough for mud bacteria to infect and populate within the water..
    I don't recall when I have last drank tap water, must have been at least 10 years

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  • I'm in Lebanon a country in the middle east (where a huge explosion happened few months ago)and no we can't drink from the tap water, at least in the area I live in. Maybe in the villages its safer to drink from the tap water than in cities.

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  • I've been drinking tap water in middle of Europe and it should be okay as far as I know.

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  • Yes, we do that here in Sweden. And it's safe everywhere, as far as I know. Where I live, it tastes just as well as bottled mineral water. Tastes so good, in fact, that Coca Cola has their nationwide production plant a 10 minute walk from where I live. I know that because I've been on a guided tour inside, and they stated that their plant is here specifically for that reason, because the water is great here.

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    • If coca cola is operating nearby there's definitely something shady there.. Ever heard some use it to wash car and truck engines and blood after road accidents.?

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  • I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, drank a lot of tap water and turned out okay. That was several decades ago, though, so things might have changed.

    I currently live in Wales and previously lived in Scotland for many years. The tap water in both those places is fine, and since it comes from reservoirs filled by rain rather than boreholes, it doesn't have much calcium to muck up kettles and showerheads. On other hand, I visited London fairly regularly in the eighties and nineties, and I thought the water there was horrible; not that it was actually dangerous to drink but - at that time anyway - the water came from wells and it tasted very different to what I was used to in Scotland.

    The tap water where we lived in Italy was very nice too. It came from a subterranean aquifer that was filled by snow and rainfall that percolated through the rocks below a huge basin in the Apennine mountains, but the local geology is such that it wasn't very hard.

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    • The issues with tap water being unsafe are generally human created in that waste isn't properly treated and ends up causing problems when recirculated.

      I have traveled throughout Mexico and have experienced "Montezuma's revenge", but only in quasi major cities. I had great water everywhere else in Mexico.

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  • Yes we can. Southern hemisphere country.

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  • I can but dont as I don't like the taste of the tap water.

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  • Every one can drink tap water everywhere in the world.

    The question is will it likely make you sick?

    In general the USA and much of Europe has good water infrastructure with appropriate controls and its safe to drink the tap water. Now it may not taste the best and you may want to filter for taste - but it won't likely make you sick.

    The rest of the world needs a case by case examination. Some countries have very good water supplies. Other's do not and the water will likely make you sick from the amount of bacteria and other organisms in it.

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  • A few houses I lived in the tap water was fine, but in my current house its absolutely disgusting so I filter it.

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  • Tastes okay in Nebraska. Still might want to filter it yourself just in case though

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  • Yes, tap water is safe to drink in most of Germany and Bulgaria.

    Bulgarian water tastes better tho. Especially the water in the village my grandparents lived (it's got a very nice, slightly milky taste) and the village where my parents live (tastes like regular water, but is always cold, cause mountains).

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    • I see some lame patriotic humble-bragging attempt but I wouldn't trust the water in Bulgaria or anywhere else. Don't think about bacteria and germs etc. it's just enough to look at a boiling kettle or glass jug used for a few months and all the limestone that's piled up.. There is no reason I'd want that in my body. I looked up a country map of water hardness by region, mine is put as midrange so it shall not even be the worst available

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    • Yeah, I would hope somewhere like Germany would have good water. Portugal really surprised me.

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  • Yes and it is believed we have some of the best tap waters around here.
    I don't like though. I only drink bottled water.

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  • No; im from a third world country.

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    • I think even second world countries have this problem as well. Kind of mad given how necessary water is

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  • For some reason the unfiltered tap water in NY gives me diarrhea, so no, I can't drink it. XD

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  • I'm currently residing in Delaware in the United States, and I can certainly drink the tap water here, and probably most any other place I've lived here, but to tell you the truth I haven't drunk tap water in many years. I pretty much drink either bottled water, or filtered water from my refrigerator door.

    I drink a lot of water every single day! I sometimes like to add a teaspoon of that Cortas rosewater to my bottled water, and that's very nice. I guess if I had to drink bottled water I would probably buy one of those Brita water filtration things.

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  • I do but I prefer to filter it. The amounts of fluoride haven’t been altered since the fucking depression.

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  • I live in Pattaya, Thailand. You drink the tap water you will be very ill (at least)!

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    • Do you have to boil it first then, or do most people just buy bottled?

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      • We of course have bottled water but most use one of the machines that dispense reverse osmosis and UV treated water. 5 Baht for 6 litres.

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