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Re: Do you drink the water here? and other rant

I love the water here. Compared to the water in Dublin it tastes so clean and fresh.

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Just got back from Michigan. There we have our own well water, which tastes fairly good but is very hard and needs water softener equipment, which I have never seen in Switzerland. It makes the water usable for showering and dish-washing but so salty it's a pain to drink. And once in a while, while regenerating the ion-exchange resin 3 a.m., the machinery rumbles like it's going to blow up the entire house (although it is in the basement). What's more, you have to buy huge bags of salt to feed the monster. But without it the taps and shower head nozzles would totally clog up within a few months.

That's in a very rural area. In the huge city nearby (15,500 souls!) the tap water stinks of chlorine like an indoor swimming pool, and they serve that stuff even in restaurants.

As for the brush -- granted, in American toilet bowls you have a lake roughly the size of a wok, which makes your turd float so there are less skid marks left on the porcelaine after flushing. But there often still are. Years ago, I tried to talk my AOH into buying a toilet brush. I eventually had to buy one myself. I wrapped it in gift paper even (how romantic!), and within a few days she became an avid user of it.

Which brings me to the old story (albeit OT) from the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan, where Eino asked Toivo: "Do you use a toilet brush?" "Nah," said Toivo, "Oy once git 'un as ay present and used it a few times. Way too rough. I went back to wiping wid da Porky." (The Porky, a.k.a. Porcupine Press, is the tabloid of the Yoopers and most of the Sauna Belt.)
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Ok - on a rant as I'm cleaning the apartment. EVERY week, I have to DECALC the shower, coffee machine, water machine, and now I think to myself geez -- what if I drank this stuff??? My doctor would say sorry Ma'am but your stomach and liver are petrified. Is anyone else afraid?

Also - does anyone else worry that when we use the "toilet" there is aways a brush? Why do we have to "brush away stuff" or is this common in Europe? In the States - no brush, we have well designed toilets that flush with the proper water pressure. It's gross to me to have to bring out a brush that other people have used "to do stuff" even in my own home.

Sorry guys, bit of rant as my cat died yesterday and not even happy with animal healthcare here, let alone people care. She had renal failure and in NYC my other cat had it -- much more available in NYC to that cat to help him than here. And not going into my medical experiences here (nothing major, but compared to the States, bosh). Go down Obama with your heathcare. If you can pay, company sponser or otherwise, best medical care right now in the States.

Otherwise, I love living here.

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First of all, sorry for your cat. I still deplore the death of the dog of my sister-in-law ! But to drink water here is no problem and the "ingredient" which makes it necessary to "decalc" is good for your bones. I drunk water here, even from public fountains, for decades and never ever had a problem with it
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In the States - no brush, we have well designed toilets that flush with the proper water pressure. It's gross to me to have to bring out a brush that other people have used "to do stuff" even in my own home.
Sorry about your cat.

But please, stop bragging about those allegedly superior US toilets. In almost two years in the US I've had more problems with faulty toilets than in three decades in Europe.

Oh, and BTW I can't believe that someone from the US where tap water usually tastes and smells like right out of a swimming pool is complaining about Swiss tap water.

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At least one gets some privacy in European lavatories, not like those horribly exposed American ones where you can almost see the chap next to you.
Larry Craig would disagree with you.
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Ok - on a rant as I'm cleaning the apartment. EVERY week, I have to DECALC the shower, coffee machine, water machine, and now I think to myself geez -- what if I drank this stuff??? My doctor would say sorry Ma'am but your stomach and liver are petrified. Is anyone else afraid?

Also - does anyone else worry that when we use the "toilet" there is aways a brush? Why do we have to "brush away stuff" or is this common in Europe? In the States - no brush, we have well designed toilets that flush with the proper water pressure. It's gross to me to have to bring out a brush that other people have used "to do stuff" even in my own home.

Sorry guys, bit of rant as my cat died yesterday and not even happy with animal healthcare here, let alone people care. She had renal failure and in NYC my other cat had it -- much more available in NYC to that cat to help him than here. And not going into my medical experiences here (nothing major, but compared to the States, bosh). Go down Obama with your heathcare. If you can pay, company sponser or otherwise, best medical care right now in the States.

Otherwise, I love living here.

Thanks for listening.

Hmmm, nope sorry. Dont get it. Ive lived in LA, NYC and Fort Lauderdale and Ive visited other areas of the states extensively for work (namely washington DC and Chicago). I have never been particularly impressed with the state of your toilets. You guys definitely have toilet brushes (not a fan of those either by the way) and in most places you have poor water pressure. Only last week I was in philadelphia in a gorgeous appartment off rittenhouse square (ie right in the centre) and I missed swiss water pressure. The toilets definitely had lower pressure than here and the dishwasher smelled everytime you opened it (something about it sharing some pipe somewhere with a main that feed into sewage). For cleanliness, convenience and water pressure in bathrooms I would rank CH much higher than the states. Also I feel much more comfortable drinking the water here than I do there.

Sorry about your cat though. Im fond of them myself.
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Oh, and BTW I can't believe that someone from the US where tap water usually tastes and smells like right out of a swimming pool is complaining about Swiss tap water.
Aye with added Arsenic too...

Calcium is hugely benefital health wise and it's the reason why I only obtained my first filling this year at 34 years of age. Hugely important for children as their adult teeth develop. It strengthens them.

Put up with it and get a huge supply of anti kalk stuff. That's my two pennies!
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Old 01.09.2011, 10:18
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Just move to Ticino, no calcium in the water here!

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Re: Do you drink the water here? and other rant

Compared to the water in Arizona, this is a dream come true. The contaminants are so high that it actually leaves a pink ring in the toilet. We have a whole house filter system, an under the sink one for cooking and STILL buy more to drink. You damn near have to use a chisel on the toilet to get it clean. But I do understand what your are going through. Hating something as basic as water is a pain in the 'ass'!
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Old 01.09.2011, 10:46
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Compared to the water in Arizona, this is a dream come true. The contaminants are so high that it actually leaves a pink ring in the toilet. We have a whole house filter system, an under the sink one for cooking and STILL buy more to drink. You damn near have to use a chisel on the toilet to get it clean. But I do understand what your are going through. Hating something as basic as water is a pain in the 'ass'!

Commonly the 'pink' colour comes from airborne bacteria irrelevant to the water quality....but I digress.

The water here is great, and I'm happy to enjoy it rather than treated lake water I was accustomed to back home as well.
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Hate to bring this thread back up from the gutter, but you needn't worry that the stuff that sits in your kettle sits in your body. You consume plenty of acids daily to balance the whole thing out so you won't need intravenous Durgol
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The water here is great, and I'm happy to enjoy it rather than treated lake water I was accustomed to back home as well.
Ahem... your location says Zurich... as in City of Zurich? You know where most of the city's water comes from, don't you?
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I have learned, that whenever I am somewhere foreign, I should refrain from drinking the water - and breathing the air.
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I just drink Cafe Zwetchgen.
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Old 01.09.2011, 11:33
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Ahem... your location says Zurich... as in City of Zurich? You know where most of the city's water comes from, don't you?

fair enough. But Zurich Lake water is clean enough to Swim in, that's not always the case back home.
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Rant away...calcium is excellent for your bones, and I think the reason why USA toilets 'flush away' everything is because they use exorbitant amounts of water...or you use chemicals where a little elbow grease might be just better for the soul...

I understand calcium is good for the bones. However, thru this form of calc is the residue harmful to the kidney's especially if you have a kidney obstruction?
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I understand calcium is good for the bones. However, thru this form of calc is the residue harmful to the kidney's especially if you have a kidney obstruction?
No, the acids in your diet don't let it solidify unless your diet is severely unbalanced
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Ok - on a rant as I'm cleaning the apartment. EVERY week, I have to DECALC the shower, coffee machine, water machine, and now I think to myself geez -- what if I drank this stuff??? My doctor would say sorry Ma'am but your stomach and liver are petrified. Is anyone else afraid?...
Probably not, because it's perfectly healthy.
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The Swiss obsession with the toilet brush makes me smile. I've seen this sign in more than one toilet over the years...

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OP - you should have a chat with Timpy. I'm sure you'd have a lot to talk about.
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