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Old 02-24-2011, 05:11 PM
Location: Chicago, IL
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And there is no water in wine, is it?
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:19 PM
Location: San Francisco
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I remember when I was working in a hotel while in university an Australian tourist asked me if the water in San Francisco was safe to drink. I told her yes, its probably the best tap water she'll ever have and probably safer than what she has back home. That comment got her a bit indignant, but I didn't care.

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Old 02-27-2011, 03:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Thomas R. View Post
I worried my post was a non-sequitir, but I guess it was relevant to the last question.
Well, yes, technically your post was a non-sequitir, but the only direct response to the question that started this thread would have been a medical discussion about how individual biological immunity to contaminated water is built up in childhood--infants who don't die early grow "strong." That's why American bodies, for example, can't deal with the water in many less developed countries, in my untrained understanding of the biological process.

So thanks for rescuing the discussion from its original medical direction and instead giving us something wider to think about! And the facts you dug up for us are fascinating.

Moral, perhaps? "Non-sequitirs sometimes improve the flow."
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:50 PM
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I had to reassure my then-new roommate from Tabasco state, Mexico several times that it was safe to drink the tap water before he actually did. According to him, the water there isn't even safe to brush your teeth with - and he's a native.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:27 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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Most affluent people in the third world drink bottled water for pretty much the same reasons Americans do.
1. They can afford it.
2. It's a sign of social prestige.
3. Advertising and marketing campaigns have convinced them that they should.
4. Third world countries have a recent history, perhaps in their memory, of unsafe water.
5. Their water systems might be less reliable and more subject to occasional breakdowns.
6. There may actually be a few pathogens or contaminants, which over a lifetime, might cumulatively have an effect on their health.
7. Their family has been drinking bottled or boiled water so long, they have no immunity to the mild pathogens.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:26 AM
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Smile Japan is okay

The water here in Northern Japan is to die for. And I don't mean that in the same way as I would in regard to the water in Mexico . Seriously, they have some fabulous filtration system or something and it tastes great too. Makes it hard to travel in the rest of Asia, though, as you become so used to good tap water.
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