Drinking the water

Old May 19th, 2010, 04:29 AM
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 555
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
All water has bacteria and other goodies in it--no matter how it is purified, including bottled water. But in countries with good public health programs (e.g., USA, Canada, western Europe, Japan, Australian, etc.), you will be safe from any major disease.

However, as others have already pointed out, even in these countries, some people can have minor digestive system issues if they are sensitive for some reason, take drugs that reduce stomach acids, etc. That's because most purification systems aren't designed to kill every living thing in the water, and water does pick up some minor "bugs" as it travels through pipes, taps, bottling machines, etc., and then from the bottle, glass, or straw into your gullet. This is true of all water no matter the source--but most people never have a problem as their bodies easily handle these types of organisms.

The other issue is water taste, and some water does have a taste that some people don't like--this can be natural or a result of the purification system used.
Paul1950 is offline  
Old May 19th, 2010, 08:45 AM
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 5,830
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I have never gotten sick from the water in Europe. We have been there about 15 times, usually for 2 or 3 weeks at a time. Your friend is mistaken.
charnees is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Apr 25th, 2012 04:58 AM
Jun 23rd, 2011 06:03 AM
Air Travel
Sep 11th, 2006 10:47 PM
Africa & the Middle East
Apr 6th, 2005 05:27 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -