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Old 03-08-2017, 09:37 AM
 
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Well tap water in places like the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden etc. tastes exactly the same as bottled water. I thought Japan would be like that, I guess it was just that specific hotel, or there's some regional inconsistencies.
I don't think we can detect contaminants based on taste.
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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I don't think we can detect contaminants based on taste.
Contamination is just the basics, I need it to not taste weird to drink it.
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Old 03-08-2017, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA, USA
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I honestly cannot think of a country where I would drink their tap water without boiling it or filtering it. I live in the US and don't drink water from the tap directly.
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Old 03-08-2017, 11:14 AM
 
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Well tap water in places like the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden etc. tastes exactly the same as bottled water. I thought Japan would be like that, I guess it was just that specific hotel, or there's some regional inconsistencies.
You think so? I was in Spain, Germany, and the UK and the water tasted like chlorine. It's nasty. And Japan is the same. I've been told in Japan not to drink the tap water, get bottled

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Old 03-08-2017, 11:36 AM
 
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There is always some risk drinking water anywhere, even bottled water or filtered water. My question was which countries for the most part are safe to drink from, not which water tastes weird. Even filtered water will taste different from different places, but that doesn't mean it's contaminated.

I found a list online that says South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong are the only countries with safe drinking water. Other countries with drinkable water are Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and Brunei in Asia. I wouldn't be surprised if there are some cities and provinces with treated water, like a previous poster said about the Philippines.

Here in the US about 90% of tap water is drinkable, but there are some rural areas, especially in the southwest, that do not meet EPA standards. Here in Kansas we get a report (mailed to us) on our water quality annually, I assume they do that everywhere.
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Old 03-08-2017, 12:04 PM
 
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You think so? I was in Spain, Germany, and the UK and the water tasted like chlorine. It's nasty. And Japan is the same. I've been told in Japan not to drink the tap water, get bottled
I live in Germany for 44 years now. I have never encounter chlorinated tap water in Germany. As far as I know drinking water in Germany is never chlorinated until there is an unusual germ load caused by an accident or something like that.
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Old 03-08-2017, 02:14 PM
 
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tap water in the Philippines is drinkable if its from the MWSS (a govt agency). compared with tap water in California, the tap water in the Philippines is just like spring water, like they have in Hawaii. don't know but tap water in California is just like coming from a deep well, untreated.
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Old 03-08-2017, 02:36 PM
 
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tap water in the Philippines is drinkable if its from the MWSS (a govt agency). compared with tap water in California, the tap water in the Philippines is just like spring water, like they have in Hawaii. don't know but tap water in California is just like coming from a deep well, untreated.
Most of California's tap water comes from rivers, like the Colorado river and it is treated. California has some of the highest standards for water quality in the world.
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Old 03-08-2017, 02:58 PM
 
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Most of California's tap water comes from rivers, like the Colorado river and it is treated. California has some of the highest standards for water quality in the world.
am not questioning its quality, am questioning its taste. tastes like water being pumped from rusty deepwell. and the minerals present..hard, you need softener
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Old 03-08-2017, 03:22 PM
 
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am not questioning its quality, am questioning its taste. tastes like water being pumped from rusty deepwell. and the minerals present..hard, you need softener
That's most likely a plumbing problem from specific buildings. Rusty tasting water typically comes from old water pipes. Minerals are often added to the water in treatment plants, like calcium, which can be removed with a softener, but that doesn't effect the taste or quality. Just adds build up in pipes.
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