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Drinking Water

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Drinking Water

Can you drink water straight from the tap or do you have to buy bottled water.

If you have to buy bottled water, where is the cheapest place to buy it

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D & Ay

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1. Re: Drinking Water

The water is completely safe to drink any place in the US from the tap. Some areas the water tastes better than others, but it is all safe.

But it seems everyone in LA drinks bottled water anyway. You can get cheap water at almost any grocery store or Walmart and premium brands as well, Fiji water is my choice for bottled water.

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Bottled water companies are masters at advertising - they have convinced people to purchase water (at many times the cost of gasoline) when perfectly good water is available practically for free out of the tap.

Water in LA is perfectly safe. If you want to be able to take water with you, get/bring a reusable bottle and just refill from the tap as needed.

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3. Re: Drinking Water

So much of the plastic that water is bottled in ends up in the landfill. Tap is fine and n_m's suggestion of getting a reusable bottle is a good one.

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Water in L.A. restaurants is filtered (required by law) so perfectly safe to drink. Drinking water from, say, the tap in your hotel room, is a different story. While the levels of contaminants in the water system of L.A. are within Federal Safety Guidelines, water is tested 'at the source' (where it emerges from the water company's plumbing before it makes its way through the city's 'water system').

That system is, in some places. 100 years old and has pipes that have accumulated organic materials and other contaminates over that period of time. While many areas of the city have replaced this old plumbing with more modern plumbing made of copper which, by its nature doesn't retain contaminants within the interior walls of the pipes, some areas have not.

It's unlikely that you would die or become gravely ill from drinking tap water in these areas but you might have a MILD stomach upset.

There are many places at which to buy bottled water. In fact, most supermarkets have at least 1/2 an aisle full of bottled water choices.

Vons & Pavilions supermarkets, for example, sell a 3 quart (approx 2.8 liter) container of filtered "Refreshe-brand" water for around $1.09. Rite Aid, a popular 'drug store' sells a 1.5 liter bottle of SPRING water for 99-cents. Almost every large supermarket and 'drug store' sell gallon jugs of arrowhead or sparkletts water for around $1. Compared to over $4 per gallon for gasoline, bottled water is a bargain and might be worth the small expense for you.

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5. Re: Drinking Water

You do not have to buy bottled water in the US. It has one of the safest drinking water systems in the world.

If you feel compelled to do so, feel free to pay more for it by the gallon than you will pay for the gasoline for your rental car.

Edited: 6:33 pm, October 05, 2012
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6. Re: Drinking Water

Have you been to the U.S. before? You post the same quesiton many times, for individual cities, wondering if the water is afe to drink there. What if we say yes, and it's not? Note that whether water is spring or from resevoirs or other can vary by exact location in a city. Maybe you aren't ready to travel to a backwoods place like the U.S. If you're really that worried, you could consult a physician or various scientific Web sites. Or just play it safe and stick to bottled water (my wife actually does buy bottled spring water-- not purified water-- when we travel in the States). I stick to beer, feeling the water has been purified.

Edited: 7:13 pm, October 05, 2012
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p.s. if you buy bottled water, environmental aspects of plastics aside, buy a 12 or 24 pack in a supermarket.

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8. Re: Drinking Water

I have never heard of anyone getting sick from drinking water from a tap in the USA. All tap water is drinkable.

The only exception would be water designated specifically for irrigation at certain parks and golf courses, and those taps are always clearly marked as "non-potable water".

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9. Re: Drinking Water

Most people I know who rely on bottled water do so for the taste or to avoid chlorine or, in a few cases, fluoride. Remember, ice in your drinks may be from tap water.

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10. Re: Drinking Water

We have never traveled to New Zealand, but we did spend a month in Australia.

What would you answer have been if I had posted a question on whether it was safe to drink tap water in New Zealand?