Can you drink the water from your kitchen tap ( faucet)?

Kithen tap - It is so nice to be able to drink fresh cold water straight form the tap in the kitchen , so fresh and clean and pure xx
@weemam (13389)
June 2, 2007 9:51am CST
Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:41 am Post subject: What is the water like where you live? can you drink it? Hiya everyone . I live in Central Scotland and we have nice soft water here, it is nice to drink and I drink lots,Yet when I go shopping I see so many people buying bottled water, I have looked at a lot of the labels and It is unbelievable the amount of things that are added to it, I can understand this if you live in a hard water area, My aunt and uncle used to live in Folkestone and their kettles, irons and washing machines were always being ruined with the limescale, can you drink the tap water where you live? xx
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@MsTickle (24756)
• Australia
5 Jun 07
I can drink my water because I have my rainwater tank coming into the kitchen. My Dad has it in the laundry and bathroom as well. The town water is bore water and full of calcium which leaves a buildup of white hard powdery stuff on all the taps. The towns folk tell me the town water is horrible to drink. I think buying bottled water is a bit of a fad. To me it's a bit of a joke and a waste of money. I've bought it in the past to get the bottles, and so I always have "bottled water" in the fridge. I also have a hose which I connect to my kitchen tap and I water the plants on my verandah with the rainwater. The bore water has too many salts and will eventually kill the plants.
@mummymo (23709)
3 Jun 07
I live in central scotland too wee! lol I know what you mean wee - our water is so nice we can drink it straight from the tap or chill it in the fridge first! I do occassionally buy bottled water if we are out and the kids are thirsty but then I tend to keep the bottle, fill it from the tap and chill it for reuse! xxx
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@weemam (13389)
3 Jun 07
Now that is so nice you live in Scotland lol , I heard a rumour that you live in the same street as me lol , I do that with the bottles too pal , less landfill xx
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@mummymo (23709)
3 Jun 07
Wow do you think if we were in the same street I could look out the window and wave to you? lol Did you hear the crowd of kids at the back of 3 this morning , they pushed my young neighbours notorbike into the middle of the road and broke the gear lever on it! xxx
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@weemam (13389)
3 Jun 07
Hiya pal , no I didn't hear anything neither did hubby , these pills DR gave me knock me out , did they come along the street? I bet there was drink involved , Its a shame eh ! nothing is safe xx
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• United States
3 Jun 07
I do not like the taste of the water that comes out of the faucet so I take a trip to Indiana to get fresh spring water that comes directly from the ground it taste so much better than the water in the city
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@weemam (13389)
3 Jun 07
is this from a stream ?, or do you have to pay for it too xx
• United States
4 Jun 07
to answer your question no I do not have to pay for it but you can drop any amount of change in the cement box which the water falls into that is if you want to but there is no charge for it
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@weemam (13389)
8 Jun 07
what a nice way to do it , without putting any pressure on you xx
@hookfan (447)
2 Jun 07
Hi Pal, While I could drink the water here in the South East, I instead go for the healthier option of a Brita filter. The water just tastes better and doesn't fur up the kettle so bad :D I will sometimes buy a small bottled water that can easily go in my bag, so that on lovely summer days like today I won't die of thirst! :) xxx
@weemam (13389)
2 Jun 07
I must admit I do buy them but not often then I use them over and over again by filing them at the tap lol xx
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@hookfan (447)
2 Jun 07
I do the same, reduce - reuse - recycle :) xxx
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@weemam (13389)
3 Jun 07
good for you pal save the environment xx
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
2 Jun 07
In India, people traditionally used to drink well water which used to be very sweet. But, with the industrial revolution the water has become hard and not very safe for consumption. Off late most of the people in India have water purifiers or have also started to purchase water. Luckily, in the area that I stay the water tends to be slightly better and I can still drink it off from the tap. During my visit to US this year, I stayed in a hotel where I could not really drink water from the tap as it was heavily chlorinated and had to go and buy it from a mall. I think that might be the reason why you might see a lot of people buying water these days. BTW, according to Hindu Mythology, Kaliyuga or the last era of human civilization would dawn the day people start buying water and by the looks of it the Era has dawned :) Cheers! Ram
@weemam (13389)
2 Jun 07
I do hope not Ram , I hope we have a long time to go yet my friend xx
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
3 Jun 07
Don't worry... each Era lasts 1000s of years. So there is still a very long way to go :) Cheers! Ram
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@weemam (13389)
3 Jun 07
Thank goodness for that lol , I feel much better now :) xx
@wolfie34 (26893)
• United Kingdom
2 Jun 07
As you know my friend, I am currently undergoing an experiment in that I am NOT touching tap water and drinking only bottled, or boiled tap water to make coffee etc. I do have urinary problems and I am trying everything, we do get a lot of limescale in our water, and it clogs up kettles and washing machines, if it's clogging them up, what is it doing to our insides? But to be honest, thinking about it rationally if we thought about it we wouldn't drink or eat anything!
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@weemam (13389)
2 Jun 07
How are you getting on with it pal ? , Have you to go back again for more tests?xx
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@wolfie34 (26893)
• United Kingdom
2 Jun 07
Yes my friend, I am going back on 13th June, but as the herbalist said if it was tap water that's the problem then everyone would be developing the same conditions as me, I think it's more to do with nerves x
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@weemam (13389)
3 Jun 07
you know yourself pall stress can cause a lot more things than we realize xx
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• United States
2 Jun 07
I drink from the tap sometimes, but I prefer bottled water. Tap water has somewhat of a taste to it; water feels more clean and plain. New York's tap water is supposedly one of the cleanest in the country; it has flouride (or flourine?) so it helps to clean your teeth like mouth wash does. Or so I've heard. It probably also has plenty of other chemicals in it, but at least it doesn't smell or taste unsafe.
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@weemam (13389)
2 Jun 07
as long as it isn't making you ill my friend , that is what is important xx
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@Kythe42 (1413)
• United States
2 Jun 07
I hope your water doesn't have fluoride in it. It's good for your teeth, but it's really bad for you to ingest it.
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@honeyangel (1993)
2 Jun 07
that one of the best things about scotland(im dundee)we have great water,non of this limescale.i dont belive in buying bottled water not at these prices anyway
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@weemam (13389)
2 Jun 07
it is nice being Scottish pal isn't it especially the water xx
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@weemam (13389)
3 Jun 07
thanks indium xx
@ctrymuziklvr (11063)
• United States
3 Jun 07
I live in a suburb of Boston, MA in the good ol' USA and I hope you know how lucky you are being able to drink water from the tap. Years ago I laughed at people who bought bottled water now it's a necessity for me. Our water is so bad that it has an odor when it comes out of the tap. I have to admit that there are some cities and towns around who can but I'm unfortunately not living in one of them.
@weemam (13389)
3 Jun 07
it must be really expensive for you there xx
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
3 Jun 07
Our tap water is safe too drink, but I am not too keen on it. iT is full of chlorine & floride & I don't like the taste. We have a purifyer that we use. We also have a rain water tank, but since I heard about all the junk that comes from our roof into the rain water tank, I don't drink that either.
@weemam (13389)
3 Jun 07
its a shame , when I was young we never thought about additives we ate everything from the garden and drank from the tap and never gave it another thought , and I am still here lol to tell the tale xx
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@stephcjh (32386)
• United States
3 Jun 07
The water where we live has very hard water sediments in it. We cannot drink it straight from the tap. We have a refrigerator with an ice maker and you can also get water from it. We use it when we want some water to drink. sometimes we will buy bottled water because it is more pure and it taste better and has less stuff in it. The water is okay to cook with and wash with but not to drink straight from the tap.
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@weemam (13389)
3 Jun 07
A lot of people would never think of drinking their tap water even if it is good , my hubby never drinks water xx
• United States
2 Jun 07
I could drink the tap water here in Florida, but I prefer to use the filtered water from my fridge. I understand your surprise when you see the water with so many things added to it - I hate water like that. I only opt for bottled water that has been purified and nothing else. Taste-wise, I can't stand water that has a metallic, mineral flavor. It's like licking a nickel.
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@weemam (13389)
2 Jun 07
when I buy bottled water I often add a small amount of diluting juice xx
@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
2 Jun 07
The last time I checked it was quite safe to drink. But there were rumors not so long ago that because of all the chemicals they put inthe water it can cause cancer in the long run. Very comfortable thought!
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@weemam (13389)
2 Jun 07
now I start to worry if ours is as clean as we are led to believe too pal xx
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
2 Jun 07
We can drink our tap water here but I put some in the kettle and have some hot blueberry tea.
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@weemam (13389)
2 Jun 07
That sounds really lovely pal , wish I was closer , I would like to try it :) xx
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@Kythe42 (1413)
• United States
2 Jun 07
I rarely ever buy bottled water. The only time I might do that is if I'm going on a long road trip or something. Then after I finish the bottle again I'd just fill it up from the sink or water fountain. Instead of bottled water, I've got a water filter on the kitchen sink. I turn it on whenever I'm using the water for drinking. ~Kythe42 http://lemurianphoenix.blogspot.com
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@weemam (13389)
2 Jun 07
I am like you I buy them now and again but only so I can fill them at the tap and recycle them ( a lot) xx
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• United States
2 Jun 07
Our drinking water here in TN US is not bad, but still has some of that chlorine taste right out of the tap. I bought a Britta water filter pitcher and for dringing and cooking I filter it, I do not get alot of hard water deposits in my bathroom or washing machines however so I think thats a good point.
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@weemam (13389)
2 Jun 07
It is good for the electric machines and your own body pal , the electric ones can be replaced , you can't thanks pal xx
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@lauriefnp (5113)
• United States
2 Jun 07
Our water in WNY state is hard, but you can drink it- it's tested and regulated and it is perfectly safe. At times during the height of the summer it doesn't taste too great because of some of the things that they have to add to it to counteract environmental changes in the lakes, but it is still safe. I am one of those "bottled water people". I'm in the habit of stocking the fridge with bottled water and grabbing one whenever I'm thirsty. In the summertime, I never leave the house without grabbing one. I know that it's probably a waste of money, but it's just one of my "quirks" I guess. I'm going to read the labels now, though- I always assumed that it was pure spring water and never looked for additives. Thanks for the post.
@weemam (13389)
2 Jun 07
My son Ross goes to the GYM so every so often I buy bottled water but only so I can use the bottles a few times again , I like one in the car too , I refill them quite a few times before I have to replace them though xx
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@d00d00 (827)
• Hong Kong
4 Jun 07
I can drink tap water, but i choose not to. I am afraid that i might get some disease, such as amoebiasis or something else from drinking tap water. So instead, my family and i have distilled water delivered every week by the gallons. It is very important to have a safe water supply. We should always be sure that we know where our water is coming from, and whether it is safe and potable for drinking.
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• United States
2 Jun 07
The water in Scotland is the best. For drinking, washing and of course making Scotch. When I live it is alright but I need to keep an open container in the fridge that way the chlorine in it evaporates and then it tastes OK
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@weemam (13389)
3 Jun 07
you are right there pal , we have distilleries all around us , i must admit though I hate the smell and the taste of the stuff. xx
• United States
3 Jun 07
I also hate the taste of Scotch but I did enjoy a little drop of Drambuie with a cup of after dinner coffee.
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@weemam (13389)
3 Jun 07
the only drink I ever liked was a we sip of my dads sweetheartheart stout , a long time ago now xx
@GardenGerty (86231)
• Marion, Kansas
3 Jun 07
We have hard water, but I like it. I believe that the calcium and magnesium that form the hard water are also part of what forms hard bones and teeth. I have a problem when I go visit my family as the water there tastes "Mossy" to me now. Where I have worked the last two years in a school, I could not stand the water, it tastes slightly salty, and I think that it is actually sulphur from the oil fields around. I hate to buy bottled water, as there is no guarantee about it and I do not believe it is worth what we pay. I have used filtering pitchers, and onsink filters, but am not satisfied with how they work. Regular washings with white vinegar preserve the appliances. I use vinegar in my washer all of the time.
@weemam (13389)
8 Jun 07
I have heard of people doing this , do you put it in with the clothes pal or as a rinse , or do you run the machine empty with it in?
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@GardenGerty (86231)
• Marion, Kansas
8 Jun 07
A certain type of fabric softener sells a little ball dispenser, you fill it with softener, or in my case, vinegar, and pull the plug up to seal it. The centrifugal force in the spin cycle causes it to open and your fabric softener (vinegar) is dispensed into the washing machine. I quit using fabric softener, as I do not like all of the fragrance. Someone here on myLot posted about using vinegar instead. It also brightens the colors and keeps from having soapy residue on the fabrics. I would never dream of trying to have a refrigerator hooked up to have cold water and ice maker unless I was using a water softener system. I would like, eventually to have what they call a reverse osmosis purifier, as I hear that is better than adding chemicals to soften water.