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spanish tap water is drinkable

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spanish tap water is drinkable

There is a myth thats prgressed from the 70's and 80's that you cant drink spanish tap water. Well having done a bit of research it appears that you can. there are several sources of spains water, one being from the mountains, from underground reservoirs and the other is the sea.

most people are concerned about the sea water source, which in actual fact goes through a purification process that makes it drinkable. this process is one that is used on cruise ships to provide sufficient water to its passenges.

what you will find is that spanish water can taste slightly different which sometimes isnt very pallitable for those visiting, and also our stomachs might need to get used to it.

now as spain is a very dry place and therefore i do suspect that much of the supply that goes to the hotels will possibly be from the sea process, i dont know that for a fact, but it makes sense that it would be considering spanish potential for droughts.

though personally i dont drink the tap water because i dont like its different taste, i do brush my teeth and gargle with it without worry.

i realised i was wasting money on water just to brush my teeth.

I havent had an upset tummy yet so thought id pass on my findings.

Edited: 9 years ago
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Every time you get a draught soft drink, you're drinking the water, same with the breakfast juice machines.

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desalination is a process that can give water to many who suffer real drought. As for the drinking water, it's better now than it was in the 70's. Wasn't so long ago, tankers were filled at Tarragona and the cargo of water was shipped to Barcelona

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I go to Benidorm a lot and always drink the water there no problems,

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Spain is an advanced country and every city has to test its water to meet national standards. So the water is safe in every city.

The Spanish drink bottled water only for its taste, because they prefer its taste rather than the taste of tap water.

The best tasting water in Spain is in Madrid. The water comes from the mountains, from streams where they have trout, one of the purest sources of water. In the past they have done blind taste tests on the tap water of Madrid. No one could tell whether it was bottled water or not.

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Spain's water is safe to drink, 30 years ago the water might not have been but nowadays? Definitely!

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