The Best Water In The World

Philippines
April 8, 2007 6:04pm CST
Discounting air, water is the world's most precious commodity. Davao City, boasts of ranking only second to New Zealand when it comes to having the world's best tasting and most healthy water in the whole world. Things like this are among those which we tend to take for granted until we go to different places. That is the time when we will miss the best things our native place can offer and come to appreciate them most. How about you what will be the things you will miss most about your hometown if you move out or go on vacation for months?
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@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
8 Apr 07
for others' information, davao city is a part of the philippines. i, too live in davao city and i say, i love our water here. it's fresh and clean and when i go to other provinces, i really miss the taste of the davao tap water. i also love the warmth and hospitality of the people from davao. it's unbelievable how i miss it when i am in manila and other places. plus the feeling of being safe whenever i am outside the street is also great, too.
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• Philippines
9 Apr 07
I never realized how blessed I am for having been born in an area where water is good until I left for another place. Everytime I bathe or drink a glass of water, I always remember how water is in my hometown. Yes, I agree with you that tap water here in Davao City tastes fresh and sweet.
• Philippines
15 Apr 07
davao city is also considered as one of the biggest cities in the world based on its land area. i am proud to be called a dabawenyo. the city has many things to offer, its beaches, various kinds of fruits including the king of the fruits, DURIAN, the warmth and hospitality of the dabawenyos, the seafoods and the fishes. And most of all the quality of water we have in davao,which according to our mylotter trinidad velasco's report, ranked as the second most tasty and healthy water in the world.
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
While I was in grades five and six, that will be the early 1960's, our teachers in social studies took this up with us. It was the entirety of the Davao Province (there were no divisions yet of the provinces and Davao City was the capital), when the entire province was ranked to be with the world's best water both in taste and quality. It was shared with New Zealand then, if I remember right. I can still recall that water can be drank straight from the clear rivers. The rivers were rich with crayfish, fishes, turtles, crabs, etc. Water came creeping from the sides of the mountainslopes and they were even much sweeter with a coolness which can effect cure to sore throat and coughs. I used to love going around the hilly areas of Davao del Sur (now with the divisions in) with either my mom or my grandmom during my childhood years and I can still remember everything.
• United States
10 Apr 07
That is awesome. I would like to try that water :) I enjoy Fiji water myself. Probably the purest water we can get here in america. If I left my hometown for a few months, I would definitely miss my family and friends. That is something no other place can offer. I believe in Texas we have some of the kindiest people in America, so that I would miss. Other than that, I really don't know. That is a really good question. I will think about this some more, sir.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
Forget the "sir". Don't really use that often on this site, because I really just don't know unless it says. No, disrespect if you are woman. If you are a man, then by all means :)
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• Philippines
10 Apr 07
We will surely miss our family and friends if we leave for someplace else. I've heard about how friendly most of the people in Texas are. I have some acquaintances who have settled there for sometime now. According to some friends of mine who had visited New Zealand, the water there is just about ours here in Davao City however, they do not have any qualms in drinking straight from the brooks and streams. We cannot do that here anymore. Some of our rivers have had their share of pollution, too. And by the way, I am a woman and I will be turning 54 within two months. You don't have to worry about me being offended if called sir. A lot usually mistakens me for a man perhaps, it is because I talk (maybe write is more appropriate here) like one.
@Sailor (1161)
• United States
14 Apr 07
Having almost everything you need close by.
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• Philippines
16 Apr 07
Until now, the city has good, excellent water and an air which is not yet affected by pollution. The city government has been quick enough, so far, to take cognizance and due action on reports of activities which will cause pollution is these respects.
@romel_ece (1290)
• Philippines
12 Apr 07
Yes,I agree with you that Davao City is such a wonderful place to live in.I have heard a lot of wonderful things about your city and I wish one day I could come and visit your wonderful place.One thing that I would miss in my hometown if ever I am away for vacation is the freshness of air and the beauty of nature that we have here in Bohol.
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
I have been to Bohol once and it was already beautiful although it was not yet as developed as it is today. All of my friends and relatives boasts of stories as to how beautiful it is today compare to how it must have been then.
• Philippines
10 Apr 07
Definitely, the cool climate that we have here in Lipa is the very first thing that I will miss. I recently went up to Baguio and spent our holy week there. Wow! I was surprised. Because the climate there is almost the same as in Lipa. Goodness, I don't need to go to Baguio just to feel the cool air. So I am inviting everybody to come and visit my place if you want to experience the cool atmosphere. You are welcome to the beautiful city of Lipa. The city of beautiful people (except me!) LOL!
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• Philippines
11 Apr 07
Lipa is a very beautiful place. I have visited your place once. I can never forget how cool the air was despite the scorching sun above. Curious, I inquired if that's your regular climate there or if it was only for the moment. When I learned that that climate is how it is normally, I knew that the people in the area are very blessed to be enjoying it all year round. May it be that way forever.
@piropos (312)
• Philippines
10 Apr 07
So Davao City used to be at par with New Zealand as far as water quality was concerned. How could this have happened? It's good to have people like you who would ensure that water quality is maintained but what about the government officials there, are they doing their best to address the situation? I hope that 5 or 25 years from now, Davao City will be back at the top post in water quality. The thing I will miss most about my hometown if I were to go on vacation for months? I guess the eccentricity of my city. I have lived in Marikina City for about 5 years now and one thing it has been known for is it's cleanliness and orderliness (not always though as there are some people who by nature are not clean and orderly). I say this is an eccentricity because this is out of the ordinary and perhaps with the exception of Puerto Princesa ( I visited the place in the early 90's) and Davao City (never been there though), my city has been declared in the past as a model and clean city. (not sure exactly when and who chose it to be an awardee )
• Philippines
11 Apr 07
Honestly, I don't know how will the government be able to initiate actions to get the rivers as clean as they used to be. Population and wanton cutting of forest trees are not easy to control. Pollution has come in fast due to big increases in population and the denudation of the forests. There are other activities of man which has greatly contributed to this, too. Among the more pronounced ones are the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers in the outlying farms. Having realized the big threat that banana plantations has posed on underground water potability, the city has passed a law towards phasing out these plantations which are located within city limits. It seems that this is the best step the government has undertaken so far. The Filipinos have noted, how much leap Marikina City has taken up lately. The unprecedented growth it has had these past years, has caused it to be featured in tv so many times over. I have watched most of them. While I still resided in Manila, Marikina used to be that area where the small shoe manufacturers were housed. But now, it boasts of being among the more productive and of being a place worth coming over in the metropolis.
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
10 Apr 07
Great to know you could taste the best water in the world. We have a couple of streams and freshwater lakes in our area ,but I am not sure about the taste.The tall claims of mineral water manufacturers of the purity of water should bow before a finding such as the one you have made.
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• Philippines
10 Apr 07
There are some groups in this world who undertakes studies to this effect. Like the most livable cities in the world and the least livable ones, the best tasting and the safest water in the world, etc. We used to enjoy the honor of having the best water in the world together with New Zealand. Now, we are down to only second best. Pollution seeping into some of our rivers, if not all, has caused the downgrade. Recently, people in govenment became so alarmed when banana farming has gained popularity within city limits. Seepage of the chemicals and fertilizers into the aquifers can worsen our water situation. Now, the banana plantations will have to be phased out. A law was passed to this effect.
• United States
8 May 07
I like having fresh water so you make me very interested in visiting a place with such clean, healthy, fresh water. What I would miss most if moving or going on a lengthy vacation would be the great weather we have here almost all year long.
@maemaemae (341)
• Philippines
7 May 07
yeah...i really love the water in davao city...