drinking water in Portugal

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Jul 23rd, 2018, 03:22 PM
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The friends I was staying with who live there suggested not to. I took their word for it.

I don't drink tap water here in Seattle either.
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Jul 23rd, 2018, 03:28 PM
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So you do think that drinking tap water anywhere could be dangerous to your health?

In my town they did a test on tap water and bottled water and found that the tap water was actually even purer than bottled water so you may be missing the boat on that. Think of all the money you've literally thrown down the drain - I can see drinking fizzy or bottled water that has some taste but plain old filtered water have proven time and time again to not be dangerous.

Even in Flint the levels of lead in kids' bodies who drank that foul water before it was found out research in today's NYTimes by experts says is below national averages. You'd have to drink several swimming pools of such water to cause a problem.
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Jul 23rd, 2018, 03:30 PM
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Suze, what part of Portugal were you staying in?
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Jul 23rd, 2018, 03:37 PM
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sorry & never mind. Europe but not Portugal.
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Jul 23rd, 2018, 06:45 PM
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I traveled all over Europe for four months back in the primitive days of 1984, drinking and using tap water all the way, and other than one cold which I don't think for a moment was caught from the water, I was never sick for a minute. Zero stomach troubles. Admittedly I didn't get to Portugal, but I did go to Italy and as far afield as Turkey. And that was back in the day. In my opinion it's just silly to buy bottled water in Europe. They are all first-world countries with rigorous sanitation requirements.
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Jul 23rd, 2018, 11:38 PM
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Yes tap water is the normal thing to ask for in European restaurants though the wine will taste better. Buying plastic bottles will hurt your health more than drinking tap water.
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Jul 24th, 2018, 09:38 AM
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When I was under chemiotherapy my doctors said to throw away bottles of water 30 minutes after opening them - once you have started drinking from it microbes are partying inside it.
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Jul 28th, 2018, 07:19 AM
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Yes, tap water if perfectly safe in Portugal (more than bottled water). If we drink it? We do, at home. And it is normal if you go to a coffe shop and ask for a coffe and a glass of water. But... at restaurants... we (locals) never ask for a jar of water. What can I say, maybe we like to pay 2 or 3 euros for a botlle of water. It's a cultural... thing. But, with all the tourism, restaurants start to buy jars to serve tap water, so it is ok if you ask for it. They will understand you're a tourist. (However, minerals are different from one place to the other. For instance, in Lisbon your hair will tend to be soft, in Porto it will get curly).
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