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    Tap Water.

    Do people drink it here in Thailand.

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    The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority will tell you otherwise but don't drink tap water. Thais avoid it so when in Rome . . .

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    I think most of it is potable, provided you boil it first, or use puritabs.
    Drinking water is so cheap, it’s not worth the hassle or risk of drinking tap water.

    Last place I stayed, the water was brown, despite only a short run from pump to house. Just poor maintenance by a lazy Thai owner.

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    Probably best to be avoided but then I imagine most people brush their teeth and shower in the same water without issue.

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    I drink my tap water now after years of drinking bottled water. It tastes good and the system is new here so not any more worried about drinking it than bottled water which smells of plastic.

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    yeah used to be 100% bottled but these days its all tap.

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    Don't drink tap water but I brush my teeth & shower with it obviously.

    Cook with it if im boiling pasta or rice or something that's going to boil.

    Everything else is filtered through a reverse osmosis kit.

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    my body's a temple. Only the finest spring water is consumed and bathed in, in this household


    https://www.delboysonlineshop.com/pr...-spring-water/

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    We don't have government piped water so we have a pretty good well which does for washing and so on. We buy drinking water from a local guy who invested in a deep bore a while back and it's good.
    We also collect rain water.
    I wouldn't drink tap water in hotels and the like though she does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    my body's a temple
    Ancient and in ruins?




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    My bad...

    Narrow at the top and wide at the bottom??




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    'looks at redundant weight bench from prone position on sofa'

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    In Bangkok if you can smell the chlorine then OK.

    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Thais avoid it so when in Rome . . .
    But fill their bottles from machines in the street connected to MWA pipes.

    Outside Bangkok probably not recommended unless it comes from your own well.

    My brother has a tourist practice whereby he drinks a glass of local water municipal on his first day, if he gets the runs he will be OK after a couple of days and...

    Drink beer that was why it was invented!
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Probably best to be avoided but then I imagine most people brush their teeth and shower in the same water without issue.
    Shower, yes - but brush teeth with bottled water. It is one of those blind spots for people. They go on holiday, are fanatic about what they eat and drink, then brush with tap water.

    We do not cook with tap water. Even fill the kettle with bottled water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post

    Drink beer that was why it was invented!
    Apparently - TRUE

    I'm with many. Bath, wash clothes, clean teeth with the local supply.

    We actually drink/cook with the Rainwater from our roof after it's sat in those BIG Urns and settled for 3 - 6 months.



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    Ice in your drinks can also be a disaster.
    Bangkok Ice is OK.

    But I've been sick as a dog twice after returning from a Cambodia visa Run a few years back.

    “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Shower, yes - but brush teeth with bottled water. It is one of those blind spots for people. They go on holiday, are fanatic about what they eat and drink, then brush with tap water.

    We do not cook with tap water. Even fill the kettle with bottled water.
    Ice in your drinks can also be a disaster. I remember enjoying a bottle of vodka with a mate in Bucharest years ago. we knew the vodka was good but ordered some ice to go with it. Sick as dogs within hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    but brush teeth with bottled water.
    I used to do this but gave up as its a pain in the ass.

    I think it comes down to level of exposure. A couple mouthfuls spat out while brushing teeth VS ingesting several liters per day, every day.

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    Here in Mandalay I even brush my teeth with filtered water- the water is stored in a filthy tank on the roof- full of mozzies and gawd knows what other nasties. Don't even risk boiling food in the local bilge. Most expats do the same,too.

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    Eau ..NO

    as WC Fields said never drink water Fish make love in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Eau ..NO

    as WC Fields said never drink water Fish make love in it
    Drop of citrus sorts that out David.

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    Long time ago I realised my cats never touched the bowl of tap water I put for them. Even in the UK my dads cat simply won't. They'll go outside to find a puddle or dew or similar.

    They can probably smell the chlorine/flouride a lot stronger than us. Showering is ok, brushing teeth and rinsing is ok I think, as the toothpaste can kill any bacteria.

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    Cats do have 9 lives though Pat.

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    ^Yep, makes it expensive when they get terminally ill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    Everything else is filtered through a reverse osmosis kit.
    This is the only way to ensure you are drinking water that is clean unless you are drinking rain water or water direct from a pure source

    Anyone who drinks tap water that comes from a public source and has ran through various pipes and thinks its ok or somehow clean, it very likely is actually full of toxins and various dissolved solids regardless of how new the system is. Well worth it to buy a water tester to see how many impurities are in your water. They go for about $10 US on Amazon. You're probably gonna be surprised at how much impurities you're drinking.

    https://www.amazon.com/Quality-Magic...RW7QA0JB1DPEAW

    My water in the states, for example, tests out at around 1,000 ppm of dissolved solids straight from the tap. That is pure poison, and I know based on letters from our municipal authority that those solids are straight heavy metals, drugs, and various other cancerous shit. Good luck getting that information from your local municipality in LOS.

    Now once I run that same toxic tap water through a five stage RO system (purchased for 200 dollars US), that number drops to between 15-20 ppm. That's a reduction of over 98% impurities. Worth every penny.
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