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Emmental polluted drinking water

"Polluted drinking water in the Emmental
As Alertswiss reports, the storms and heavy rain in the Emmental have polluted drinking water. In the entire area of ​​the municipalities of Affoltern iE and Heimiswil, it is currently not allowed to be used for drinking, cooking or washing without boiling it first. The residents are asked to inform their neighbors about it."

https://www.20min.ch/story/die-naech...s-782747785765

https://www.alert.swiss/en/home.html

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It's amazing. The rivers are so high everywhere and really brown, although I guess thats just mud. I know this is not quite on topic but generally speaking, I think the drinking water throughout the world will prove to be dangerous because of all the contaminants. Obviously in Michigan it's been shown to be undrinkable, and presumably in all other industrial zones. Wen I was younger I heard that drinking tap water makes you go bald and I believed it , so Ive drank bottled water since I was a teenager. Maybe it was a lucky break. Also Ive got my hair still.
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It's amazing. The rivers are so high everywhere and really brown, although I guess thats just mud. I know this is not quite on topic but generally speaking, I think the drinking water throughout the world will prove to be dangerous because of all the contaminants. Obviously in Michigan it's been shown to be undrinkable, and presumably in all other industrial zones. Wen I was younger I heard that drinking tap water makes you go bald and I believed it , so Ive drank bottled water since I was a teenager. Maybe it was a lucky break. Also Ive got my hair still.
Many contain microplastic particles, so not so healthy either...
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Re: Emmental polluted drinking water

Honestly what is safe. We really polluted everything very quickly. Like 150 years, the blink of an eye. Although maybe plastic nano particles help prevent baldness.
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Honestly what is safe. We really polluted everything very quickly. Like 150 years, the blink of an eye. Although maybe plastic nano particles help prevent baldness.
In the dim and distant past everyone drank beer including children because water was unsafe.
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Wen I was younger I heard that drinking tap water makes you go bald and I believed it
I didn't.


And paid the price.
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Re: Emmental polluted drinking water

In the bad old days of Slammer´s youth it was common knowledge that drinking tap water was bad because of the lead pipes, drinking hot water from the taps was instant death.
We drank it all the same, seems like making tea from it made it safe and I´m still here.
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I...drinking hot water from the taps was instant death.
Not quite death but in the U.K. at least, the hot water came from a boiler that was fed from an open tank in the roof space - quite often containing a dead rat or a couple of dead, rotting birds...

And that's why the U.K. had separate hot and cold taps.
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Our village has its own water company that supplied about 1000 people. It is from ground water and is filtered for sand and nothing is added or taken away - it's delicious...
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It's amazing. ... Obviously in Michigan it's been shown to be undrinkable, and presumably in all other industrial zones. Wen I was younger I heard that drinking tap water makes you go bald and I believed it , so Ive drank bottled water since I was a teenager. Maybe it was a lucky break. Also Ive got my hair still.
Assume you're referring to a publicized Michigan scandal from the 70s. In which case had nothing to do with the drinking water put accidental poisoning of the cow feed which ended up in milk and meat.
http://greatlakesecho.org/2010/06/04...0-years-later/
If you're from Michigan or Love Canal and can't have kids then don't contemplate it too much.
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Not quite death but in the U.K. at least, the hot water came from a boiler that was fed from an open tank in the roof space - quite often containing a dead rat or a couple of dead, rotting birds...

And that's why the U.K. had separate hot and cold taps.
Never saw an open tank, they always had lids on.

No need to have separate taps, combined taps have 2 feeds 1 for hot & 1 for cold, it does not matter where the water comes from.
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No need to have separate taps, combined taps have 2 feeds 1 for hot & 1 for cold, it does not matter where the water comes from.
Yes not now but I did write "had" rather than "have". There are still many places in the U.K. that have two taps and it seems that it is an old habit to break.
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Yes not now but I did write "had" rather than "have". There are still many places in the U.K. that have two taps and it seems that it is an old habit to break.
I guess if you buy a bath with 2 holes drilled getting separate taps makes sense
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Not quite death but in the U.K. at least, the hot water came from a boiler that was fed from an open tank in the roof space - quite often containing a dead rat or a couple of dead, rotting birds...

And that's why the U.K. had separate hot and cold taps.
Thank-you! This has often driven me crazy when I visit, now I know why.

I guess some places keep it that way for some kind of weird nostalgia?
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Assume you're referring to a publicized Michigan scandal from the 70s. In which case had nothing to do with the drinking water put accidental poisoning of the cow feed which ended up in milk and meat.
http://greatlakesecho.org/2010/06/04...0-years-later/
If you're from Michigan or Love Canal and can't have kids then don't contemplate it too much.
No - most likely Flint, which still doesn't have drinkable water:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_water_crisis
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Our village has its own water company that supplied about 1000 people. It is from ground water and is filtered for sand and nothing is added or taken away - it's delicious...
That's the reason why after heavy rain water may be of lower quality. The rain infiltrates the soil and perturbate the natural flow, so instead of the slow moving formation water moving through the sand and being filtered, you get rain water carrying down all sort of particulate and organic material from the free surface.

So usually what you have is an increased bacterial content, which is unsafe for drinking (unless you have an apt digestive system...).

Then, there is a lot to say about sand not being very good at filtering man-made pollutants, such as pesticides, so ground water can still be heavily polluted by upstream activity ... hello Thurgau!
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Assume you're referring to a publicized Michigan scandal from the 70s. In which case had nothing to do with the drinking water put accidental poisoning of the cow feed which ended up in milk and meat.
http://greatlakesecho.org/2010/06/04...0-years-later/
If you're from Michigan or Love Canal and can't have kids then don't contemplate it too much.
Interesting link! I was talking more about Flint and presumably also all the surrounding industrial heartland like Detroit etc. All those chemical industries dumping poison in the river day after day for a century and now no-one can drink the water!
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, so Ive drank bottled water since I was a teenager.
Usually in Switzerland there is absolutely no reason not to drink tap water. In other European countries it is pretty much safe, but may not (e.g. in London) taste very nice. There are stringent controls. The fact the US (or at least Michigan) is happy to poison the populace should not make you stop drinking tap water in Switzerland.

What has happened is that very severe weather has caused problems. It happens, but it will be fixed.

Bottled water is massively bad for the environment.
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