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Old 12-04-2017, 03:27 PM
 
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I believe the tap water in Israel is drinkable.
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Old 12-06-2017, 06:10 AM
 
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I do not drink water from Tap even in USA. It should be avoided. Cheap options of Bottled water are available- I use them.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:05 AM
 
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Old 12-07-2017, 05:11 PM
 
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I do not drink water from Tap even in USA. It should be avoided. Cheap options of Bottled water are available- I use them.
Translation: I like spending money on something that is no healthier or safer than the nearly free option. (not to mention the unnecessary plastic bottle and where it ends up) :-/

There are numerous scientific studies that show tap water to perfectly safe in the US (and other countries, of course) and that most bottled water is no healthier or safer (and in some cases even less safe).
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Old 12-15-2017, 11:53 PM
 
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In my experience, tapwater is OK to drink in virtually every country in the world, at least in relatively urbanized areas. I've gotten mildly upset tummy a few times, probably from food, and was medicated in Bangladesh for dysentery. Giardia at least once in South America.

Most older Asian cities, people living there don't drink tapwater because of heavy metals, largely from ancient lead plumbing. But that is not an issue for visitors. Tapwater is slightly saline in the horn of Africa, but I drank it without incident in Ethiopia and Somaliland.

If in in a city or town where there are taps, I drink it, unless it is in an obviously flood-prone area and there is a lot of standing water, places like Colombia's Magdalena valley.
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Old 12-16-2017, 12:40 AM
 
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In my experience, tapwater is OK to drink in virtually every country in the world, at least in relatively urbanized areas. I've gotten mildly upset tummy a few times, probably from food, and was medicated in Bangladesh for dysentery. Giardia at least once in South America.

Most older Asian cities, people living there don't drink tapwater because of heavy metals, largely from ancient lead plumbing. But that is not an issue for visitors. Tapwater is slightly saline in the horn of Africa, but I drank it without incident in Ethiopia and Somaliland.

If in in a city or town where there are taps, I drink it, unless it is in an obviously flood-prone area and there is a lot of standing water, places like Colombia's Magdalena valley.
Thats terrible advice. The majority of countries in the world, even urban centers, do not treat tap water and one could get seriously ill from drinking it. Most local people do not drink straight from the tap. Most people boil the water for tea or cooking and drink bottled water. Some countries like the Philippines and China are starting to build water treatment centers, but most water is still dangerous to drink from the tap.
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Old 12-18-2017, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I did not offer advice ^^^^. I shared my experience.

"Most local people" in the USA do not drink straight from the tap, either. In no way does that imply that it is not safe to drink it.

As I pointed out, people have many reasons for not drinking from the tap. Risk of transmission of communicable diseases is not a significant threat in most population centers in the world that have installed tap water systems.
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Old 12-19-2017, 02:19 AM
 
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Kuwait and UAE have drinkable tap water (mainly processed from desalination plants). But I mainly buy bottled water.
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Old 12-19-2017, 05:29 AM
 
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Russia doesn't have drinkable tap water? That surprises me.

As for the graphic above, it's illustrated more on perception rather than reality.
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Old 12-19-2017, 11:46 AM
 
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Russia doesn't have drinkable tap water? That surprises me.

As for the graphic above, it's illustrated more on perception rather than reality.
It's actually based on data collected by the CDC. They only noted countries that are 100% safe. Any questionable countries i.e. Russia or Mexico were not given a 100% safe rating.
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