Where you can and cant drink tap water as a tourist

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31. Posted by Dymphna (Respected Member 223 posts) 39w Star this if you like it!

Quoting BeateR

No, we live in Munich and there is, as in most of the cities in Germany, the water not chlorinated. If the authorities have to chlorinate it, on which reason ever, they will post a "warning"

We here in Germany are having the luck to have a lot of underground water and don't rely on water from lakes and rivers (which the ecxeption of a few cities). And especially we in Munich use spring water from the mountains as tap water.

Beate

What a blessing to see this post on Germany. It is my exchange student brother from 1973, who works on the water systems there in Germany. He is located near Nuremberg. But he has worked as an engineer on your systems for better than 35 years.

32. Posted by Traveller002 (Budding Member 38 posts) 33w Star this if you like it!

It is very safe to drink directly from the tap if you are in Japan, Korea, Singapore and in the main cities of Malaysia and Thailand. In Asian countries, I would be more concern over the cleanliness of the water pipes. Bottled water is very cheap and widely available in Asia anyway. Besides, in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan, water or tea is provided free flow for you too.

33. Posted by Ray hammond (Budding Member 12 posts) 33w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the information, totally appreciated!

34. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1715 posts) 33w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Dymphna

No, we live in Munich and there is, as in most of the cities in Germany, the water not chlorinated. If the authorities have to chlorinate it, on which reason ever, they will post a "warning"

We here in Germany are having the luck to have a lot of underground water and don't rely on water from lakes and rivers (which the ecxeption of a few cities). And especially we in Munich use spring water from the mountains as tap water.

There are other methods, other than chlorine to purify water. Filtration, reverse osmosis, uv, and deionization are some methods. Chlorine is usually the cheapest. I understand that in Germany the water is drawn from the aquifers which is even cheaper - advantages include availability and locality; low cost, no evaporation losses; and it is renewable. Disadvantages include aquifer depletion from over pumping, subsidence, pollution, saltwater intrusion, and reduced water flow.

Right after WWII, all fresh vegetables in Germany had to be washed in a strong chlorine solution because of contamination from fertilization methods.

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37. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1876 posts) 31w 1 Star this if you like it!

Nowhere.

I have a house in NW France.

The water is perfectly OK to drink when it leaves the pumping station. Not howerver after travelling through miles of lead pipes before it reaaches me.

Most water systems are old andf many have cracked pipes it would cost too much to repair. Water leaks out, who knows what leaks in?

I find bottled water cheap enough.

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