May 3, 2011, 9:51 AM
Post #19 of 51
Drinking untreated water from a tap is sometimes safe, but it is always risky. Municipal water supplies generally receive zero purification treatment. Some homes, not many, do have water purification systems in them. Some ads for homes claim they will have potable water. They really mean that they have running water, not necessarily safe to drink, if there is no water purification system installed and maintained in the home.
If you don't have a domestic water treatment system in your home, most people buy 19 or 20 liter (approximately 5 US gallons) plastic bottles (garafons) of supposedly purified water for use in their homes, they weigh approximately 40 pounds (18 kilos) each. As an extra safeguard, I also treat them with silver colloids to assure the purification of our water. There are several brands available in most supermarkets, Sam's and Costco here. I use the Microdyne brand in 500 ML bottles, one 500 ML bottle lasts us about 6 or 8 months. One cap full per garafon does the trick, it is tasteless. We also keep a pitcher of purified water in every bathroom to use when brushing our teeth.
Many restaurants will place bottles of purified water on every table. Open and use it, and it will be on your bill, you must usually pay for it if you use it, so take it with you if you open it.
As a visitor, you will probably be safer to always buy bottled water to drink here. If you take any trips, bring a bottle of water with you.
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