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Old 11.05.2011, 00:36
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Re: Do you drink tap water?

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Just wondering does the Zurich water come straight from Zurich lake or is it cleaned first? Is there any difference between drinking straight from the lake compared to straight from my tap?
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Straight from the lake <snip>
Your response is even more stupid and ill-informed that the original question...
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Old 11.05.2011, 00:39
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Wrong!

Bottled water left in sunlight will actually self sterilise...

50 degrees celcius in Switzerland. Let's see what this summer brings.
I worked in airline catering and saw (I won't mention the name) an airline's bottled water with big floating blobs of I don't know what in.
I guess the contamination came before bottling but I don' t know for sure.

I will buy dinner guests sparkling water in Switzerland but often refuse to pay for still water out of principle. Tap water in Switzerland is (some of) the best in the world.
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Old 11.05.2011, 00:45
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Re: Do you drink tap water?

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Your response is even more stupid and ill-informed that the original question...
Yes, when I said it comes straight from the lake, I meant that literally, no sarcasm was intended. Any more brillant posts up your sleeve?
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Old 11.05.2011, 00:46
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Yes, when I said it comes straight from the lake, I meant that literally, no sarcasm was intended. Any more brillant posts up your sleeve?
Have you been drinking (from the lake)?
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Yes, when I said it comes straight from the lake, I meant that literally, no sarcasm was intended. Any more brillant posts up your sleeve?
Yes, and you are literally wrong. You provided a stupid, uninformed answer.

Any more trolling up your sleeve?
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Old 11.05.2011, 00:49
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Have you been drinking (from the lake)?
No, and no plans to either, have you tried to?
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Old 11.05.2011, 00:51
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Yes, and you are literally wrong. You provided a stupid, uninformed answer.

Any more trolling up your sleeve?
And you believe the water comes straight from the lake and through the tap? Any more stupid uninformed posts that are literally wrong from you?
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50 degrees celcius in Switzerland. Let's see what this summer brings.
I worked in airline catering and saw (I won't mention the name) an airline's bottled water with big floating blobs of I don't know what in.
I guess the contamination came before bottling but I don' t know for sure.

I will buy dinner guests sparkling water in Switzerland but often refuse to pay for still water out of principle. Tap water in Switzerland is (some of) the best in the world.
I love the taste of the water in Switzerland in general. Buying water in restaraunts is a waste of money , but some restaurants want to charge for tap water.
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Old 11.05.2011, 00:59
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And you believe the water comes straight from the lake and through the tap? Any more stupid uninformed posts that are literally wrong from you?
Unlike many others from your country here on EF, you reinforce the reputation of failure in any kind of facility with irony. Please don't even try.
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Old 11.05.2011, 01:01
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Unlike many others from your country here on EF, you reinforce the reputation of failure in any kind of facility with irony. Please don't even try.
Are you being ironic? You really shouldn't try, doesn't come across well
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Hi,

I am new to Switzerland and forum. I heard that tap water is safe to drink in Switzerland and I drink tap water . Recently, some of my friends told me that there is Kalk in the water here and I should only drink bottled water.

Does everyone drink mineral water or you use anything like filter? I am more worried about my 3 years kid. Please suggest.

Thanks,
Sarah
Check with your local water authority if you have any concerns, Generally Swiss drinking water is very tasty and very safe, but a filter may get out some more contaminants. It's a good thing that you want your 3 yr old to drink water and not some sugary juice which is terrible for them.
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Old 11.05.2011, 08:36
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Re: Do you drink tap water?

I failed to see why the OP's question is so stupid... When we came to Switzerland, we came from a country where it was even dangerous to drink tap water.

It was my first time in Europe and I had no idea how was the quality of the water here. I had to ask around too. And I am glad I did because I really like the taste of the water here (better than the water in bottle.)
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Old 11.05.2011, 09:17
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Re: Do you drink tap water?

I'd like to second those that say the OP asked a reasonable question for a new arrival in a foreign land. We've lived in places where tap water was unsafe... a couple of those places were in the United States.

The worst (a few years ago) was where seasonal flooding would cause "backups" in the water supply and tap water would actually change color. The amount of chlorine added by the municipality would actually make the kitchen smell like a swimming pool. You had to listen to the radio or check the newspaper every day to determine whether or not to boil your tap water. We simply stuck to distilled water toted home in reusable 5-gallon jugs.

Upon arrival in Switzerland, we asked around and were very happy to find that Swiss tap water is good for you. Or at the bare minimum, not harmful...
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Re: Do you drink tap water?

I think the tap water tastes better than the bottled water here (which is a 180 from the States).
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Old 11.05.2011, 09:35
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I failed to see why the OP's question is so stupid... When we came to Switzerland, we came from a country where it was even dangerous to drink tap water.

It was my first time in Europe and I had no idea how was the quality of the water here. I had to ask around too. And I am glad I did because I really like the taste of the water here (better than the water in bottle.)
I drank tap water through an iodine filter while in India -- just ONE TIME. I had read that this was a more environmentally friendly way than drinking bottled water. As a result... I suffered the consequences for a month.

In Cambodia I did everything I could to avoid putting tap water in my mouth. Nevertheless, I again suffered the same ordeal.

The questions, indeed, are smart to ask. Clean and safe drinking water is no laughing matter in much of the world. Western people take for granted what comes out of the tap.
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Old 11.05.2011, 10:28
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I failed to see why the OP's question is so stupid...<snip>
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I'd like to second those that say the OP asked a reasonable question for a new arrival in a foreign land. We've lived in places where tap water was unsafe...<snip>
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Hi,

I am new to Switzerland and forum. I heard that tap water is safe to drink in Switzerland and I drink tap water . Recently, some of my friends told me that there is Kalk in the water here and I should only drink bottled water.

Does everyone drink mineral water or you use anything like filter? I am more worried about my 3 years kid. Please suggest.

Thanks,
Sarah
The OP's question was spot on. She thought it was safe, was told by "friends" that it was dangerous because of kalk, i.e. calcium, not any infection-causing bacteria or viruses or parasites or chemicals.

To then be told to buy/use bottled, i.e. mineral water... well, for me that's the biggest no-brainer of a facepalm... and I think the OP was a little suspicious, and rightly so, of the advice given hence the post.

As I mentioned earlier, facepalms all round for the "friends"...
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Re: Do you drink tap water?

Kalk in tap water?

I don't have a bottle of mineral water next to me, but can anyone tell us what is in the list of contents on the side of the bottle? Surely there must be some kalk and others too.
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Coming from a hard water area in the UK

Kalk (Calcium) its extremely good for small children in protecting their teeth, very few children from my home town had fillings/teeth pulled.

Yet the next city which was soft water (-kalk) the kids teeth were awful.

Hard water also contains Magnesium, which is also useful to good health.

Also bottled water can be dodgy after a while if the bottle is reused, the plastic can break down leaving nasties in what you think is clean water.

It's great stuff hard water, but make sure you get the right Yorkshire tea bags

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Old 11.05.2011, 10:58
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Re: Do you drink tap water?

If you're ever worried about your tap water, just use the original 5000 years old technique: just add hops, malt and yeast and ferment.

Tastes good too.
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You think calcium in your tapwater is bad?

Imagine finding this at the bottom of your glass of water when you wake up in the morning:



It's a perfectly harmless octopus which lives in Lake Zurich and the Limmat, and is found nowhere else in the world. The locals call it the Zuerikraken, and consider finding one in the bottom of one's glass of water to be good luck.

Since the city waterworks installed powerful watergraters, however, this is a very rare occurence, as most of the octopodes are shredded into harmless lumps of jelly, almost invisible to the naked eye, before entering the city's water system.

In the towns lining the lake, on the other hand, one can still see the little blighters wriggling around in one's glass from time to time.

So, in addition to calcium, one can get an extra dose of healthy protein from one's water - how's that for a bonus?
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