Tap water safe to drink? (Brazil/Argentina)

Old May 7th, 2008, 09:10 PM
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Tap water safe to drink? (Brazil/Argentina)

The guide books are ambiguous on this. I am wondering if it is safe to drink the tap water in the following places: Rio de Janeiro, Florianopolis, Buenos Aires, Igauazu, and in the Brazilian Pantanal.
Has anyone had any problems with the tap water is these places?
I lived in Brazil for a year about 30 years ago and drank tap water and ate food from street vendors all the time, never got sick once. But I have an older immune system these days, so I am wondering if I can should take better care now.
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Old May 7th, 2008, 09:11 PM
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It's safe, but I suggest sticking to bottled mineral water.
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Old May 7th, 2008, 10:45 PM
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Stick with bottled water in Brazil. We did drink tap water in Argentina, and it was fine. We also ate sliced fresh tomatoes in Argentina(yum), something I would never have done in Brazil.
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Old May 8th, 2008, 12:41 AM
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Thanks. While I just hate to add more empty plastic bottles to the landfills of Latin America, I guess I better play it safe and drink bottled water.
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WeI live in Rio and I do not take tap water. You can try mineral water or "filter" water
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We spent 5 weeks in BA last July/August. I drank tap water one Sunday morning, ate at a very nice upscale restaurant for lunch , and I don't know whether it was the water or the food (it could have been the heavy whipped cream dessert), but I was dreadfully ill for about 6 hours, all the usual symptons of food poisoning. Was it the water or the food? I'll never know, but after that I stuck stricly to botted water. And I was fine. I must admit, I was a bit careful about what I ate, too after that, but my husband continued with the usual salads, etc. and was fine.
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I live in Brazil and drink mineral water. But I also drink mineral water in New York, Paris, London...

As to sliced tomatoes, you are totally safe!
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Old May 17th, 2008, 08:45 AM
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We live in BA and drink bottled water because we drank that in the States too, but I cook and make coffee with the tap water.. annetti..it was more likely the food. The water is good here just has more of a chlorinated smell than I like, but there is no taste..I brush my teeth with it, and did so when we visited...I never got sick.

( We won't discuss my sudden weight loss after doing this in Mexico, St Martin, Jamaica, etc lol)
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