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View Poll Results: What are your water drinking habits?
I drink tap water (use it for making coffee, etc.). It's fine. 27 28.42%
I drink tap water but I use an in-home water filtration device. 45 47.37%
I wouldn't let my dog drink the water here. I buy bottled water by the case. 23 24.21%
Voters: 95. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-07-2010, 09:02 PM
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I have heard bad things about Phoenix's water quality. What is your opinion of the water there in terms of drinkability and taste, and what are your water drinking habits?
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:18 PM
Location: Phoenix
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Depends. I drink the tap water here. If it's refrigerated it tastes fine to me. But I grew up drinking the tap water here. Back then bottled water was something you put in your iron or radiator. Used to drink it straight from the cooler hose. That had a distinct taste!

I've talked to lots of newcomers who can't stand it. To them it tastes horrible. It's just a matter of can you get used to it.

Other than taste the water here is "hard". I can't tell you the number but you can taste the difference between bottled water and tap water. If you want to see the water quality reports go here:

RESIDENTS UTILITIES WATER AND SEWER - WATER QUALITY (http://phoenix.gov/menu/resutilwaterrept.html - broken link)
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:13 PM
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I'm with you man. I find the tapwater to be just fine here (Chandler) and I don't even refrigerate it I just go from tap to glass, much easier and cheaper than dealing with bottled water.
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:20 PM
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My doctor told me to stick to bottled water due to too many kidney stones. I have happily obliged. But I do give the dog the chilled filtered tap water out of the fridge.
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:28 PM
Location: AZ
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Even though there is no such thing as "cold" tap water in the summer, I like it just fine. It may be a little musty and chlorinated, I can't stand cold water anyways. The wife and kids only drink the filtered water from the fridge. The dog gets water from the outside spicket.

We do buy to much bottled water. I think we need to look into getting a sink filtration/5gal. water cooler.
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:57 PM
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When i lived in Scottsdale, the water tasted like there was rust in it. Since I've moved into Phx, I have had no issues drinking from the tap.
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:26 AM
Location: AZ
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I like the water here in Chandler. I drink it every day. I even liked it when I stayed in Avondale and in Phoenix.

We do use a fridge filter though, but that usually doesn't do anything to taste, so I think it tastes just fine.

(And I come from Duluth, MN which arguably has THE best water in the United States. I've never been anywhere that has had as good of tap water as Duluth. You really didn't even need a filter there.)
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:49 AM
Location: Anchored in Phoenix
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It depends. At my Phoenix address I prepare something on the stove that needs to be brought to a boil first, I use tap water. However for anything else I use bottled water.

Some places where I lived, the water would come out of the showerhead with a color when you first turn it on. That to me was a sign to never drink the water there. I don't remember if that was in Scottsdale or in Los Angeles. In the part of LA where I spend some of my days, I heard there is trace amount of benzene in the water. I rarely use that. When I have to, I bring the water to a boil first.
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:27 AM
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I have a fridge with a filter and I drink water from it all day long.

But my tap water is so hard that it leaves a residue that is pretty amazing. Everyone in my family has decided that BP needs to harness it somehow because the build-up we get could plug the hole at the bottom of the Gulf in about six hours.
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:36 AM
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If you live in the greater Phoenix area, you should really consider a water softener system due to the incredible hardness in our local water. Soft water is much better for your plumbing and for washing your clothes, dishes, etc.

However, most people find that soft water does not taste good so they add an RO system under the sink (which can also connect to the fridge).

I have this setup and drink the RO water. RO water is basically what you find in most bottled water, but at a fraction of the cost. I personally don't mind the taste of our tap water, but the only unfiltered water in my house is on the outside hose spigots.

As a side note, I have a titration type pool test kit that I have used to test the unfiltered tap water. A few times it had chlorine readings of 2.5 (mg/L), which would be considered a low (but not critical) reading for my pool!
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