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Old 06-16-2020, 08:14 AM
 
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I’d worry about lead content. You can get that tested. It is not safe to cook with tap water that contains high levels of lead. You can run the tap for a few minutes to mitigate the lead levels.
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Old 06-16-2020, 09:09 AM
 
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I read that it's not good to cook with boiled tap water. So I decided not to use tap water to make instant mashed potatoes. However, I've come across a dilemma regarding cooking spaghetti. I don't know if I could use bottled water to make a pot of spaghetti because too much water is required.
"Is it ok to cook with boiled tap water?"

Are you serious? I know a man and woman who never used anything but tap water to cook, drank tap water, lived in the city all their lives and he lived to be 94, her----93.

For future reference, they ate fat back, pork chops, chitterlings, hog brains, beef, fried chicken, cake, ice cream, Pepsi, coffee etc. They worked hard, didn't smoke or drink (well, he smoked early on then quit), her--- never.

I never use anything but tap water. I do used filtered fridge water for my coffee.
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Old 06-16-2020, 09:38 AM
 
Location: 0.83 Atmospheres
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I have a reverse osmosis filter at my house. We use that water for drinking, including coffee and tea. I use tap water to boil pasta.
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Old 06-16-2020, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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Is OP in some country that doesn't have safe water? (Or Flint, MI
Well barring a known issue with tap water ( poisonous or health hazard) cooking with tap water is perfectly fine.
Btw a lot of these “natural bottled water” you drink is nothing more than tap water that’s been ran through a reverse osmosis machine bottle filler and sold as “healthy bottled water”.
You don’t really think that all these water companies have their own fresh mountain water spring or lake?
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Old 06-16-2020, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I read that it's not good to cook with boiled tap water. So I decided not to use tap water to make instant mashed potatoes. However, I've come across a dilemma regarding cooking spaghetti. I don't know if I could use bottled water to make a pot of spaghetti because too much water is required.
If you try hard enough you will always find something that claims this or that isn't good for you or good to use for cleaning or for cooking I have been married for 62 years in a couple of months and have not once using anything other than tap water for cooking. So far it doesn't seem to have done too much damage. Of course our brains only work 1/2 the time, but that could be caused by the wine not the water.
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Old 06-16-2020, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Buy a water filter.
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Old 06-16-2020, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Some bottled water probably came from the tap if the truth was known.
I won't drink it! I once read that 70% of bottled water is untested! Most people who buy bottled water buy it because of the taste.
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Old 06-16-2020, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Guadalajara, MX
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I won't drink it! I once read that 70% of bottled water is untested! Most people who buy bottled water buy it because of the taste.
In many 3rd world countries people buy it because of the assumption of safety. They had an expose once in Thailand where they tested a bunch of brands of bottled water, there wasn't much conclusive results compared to tap water because tap water quality varied so much across the city and it's hard to find a standard for acceptable levels of bacteria.

The only thing they learned is it's luck of the pipes, two houses a few blocks apart getting the same city treated water can have vastly different levels of ick in their water. What you get from the bottled water is more consistency, it might not be over the one house but it's going to be a lot better than the other one that has some issues somewhere along the line.
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Old 06-16-2020, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I use tap water for everything. When I drink it straight or fill the animals' bowls it comes through the built in filter from my fridge but everything else is tap, including for my coffee, pasta, potatoes and brushing my teeth. My husband uses bottled water to make ramen noodles and it drives me nuts, but you pick your battles. I do most of the cooking so he's getting tap water in everything I cook. Not that I hide it from him.
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Old 06-16-2020, 04:19 PM
 
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I’d worry about lead content. You can get that tested. It is not safe to cook with tap water that contains high levels of lead. You can run the tap for a few minutes to mitigate the lead levels.
The source of lead in tap water is the PLUMBING - normally the fixtures are the source of lead. Easiest way to fix a lead problem is to buy a new lead-free fixture.
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