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Only a moron would drink from the bowl.
I wish that were true. But I had a female Pakistani classmate here as a kid, and she and all her sisters had been taught to drink from the basin of a fountain, not the fresh stream of water!
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I wish that were true. But I had a female Pakistani classmate here as a kid, and she and all her sisters had been taught to drink from the basin of a fountain, not the fresh stream of water!
I guess some people just like the taste of fag ends and dogs' saliva...
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I kinda figured, but you never know!

When I did my certification dive in a quarry in Pennsylvania (right on the MD border), there happened to be lots of these li'l fellas in the water:



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Old 10.05.2011, 22:23
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Presumably you're speaking from personal experience here?

Only a moron would drink from the bowl. The running water coming out of the nozzle, on the other hand, is perfectly safe to drink.

Can't we have this person permanently banned for his own good?
Of course not, though I have seen many people in Zurich and Glarus area do this. Have you seen vomit spew? it goes all over, the bowl inside the nozzle the sides, everything, and I woudn't take the risk.
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Old 10.05.2011, 22:25
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Yes indeed, absolutely. After all, Lake Zürich (for example -- one of the smaller of the major lakes in Switzerland) contains only 3.9 km³ (yes, cubic kilometres) of water. Just imagine the concentrations of cocaine and lead that result from all those soluble bullets and condoms filled with coke, flushed away by desperate drug-smugglers as the police beat down their doors!!!
I knew there was a reason that Basel not having a lake was a good thing.

Thanks for the confirmation.

From now on, I shall stick to taking bottled water from Basel or buying "mineral" water (oh, the irony) from kiosks when visiting Zurich.
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Please stop starting rumours about drinking water without foundation. Bern water does not come from military shooting ranges. In some older houses there remain lead water piping, and if the water is not run off in the morning, there is a higher lead content.

http://www.ewb.ch/de/angebot/wasser/qualitaet.html

What is healthier: mineral or tap water? (Googled translation)

Swiss tap water is of excellent quality. This can be said with good conscience, for the drinking water in Switzerland is closely monitored and controlled and must meet high quality standards. It is not surprising that a study of the Swiss consumer protection in 1998 came to the conclusion that most mineral waters are not qualitatively better and are even inferior to the tap water. In terms of price, the mineral water much more clearly at a disadvantage compared to tap water: The latter is of the order of a thousand times cheaper. From an ecological perspective tap water has the advantage that it requires relatively little energy for the production and distribution. Think of the myriad packaging material, the mineral water "swallow" and the polluting transport.
The lead gets into the ground water which eventually gets into th,e food chain, so yes it is a concern near shooting ranges, just as cigarette butts pollute the ground water, the sea life and ultimately the food chain.
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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
I ONLY drink tap water.

But I also eat cheeses of indeterminate age.

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Re: Do you drink tap water?

Hello, I read a study on water around the world and the water in Switzerland and sweden is the best quality in the world. I taught English in the schools here and we do a report on the costs of bottled water, the plastic it takes, the tranportation, trucks, trains, ships and quality controls. Do you know that bottled water doesn't have to meet the quality standards of tap water and sometimes bottled water isn't controled. Then comes in the fact if bottled water is in direct sunlight bacteria can grow. In the end bottled water cost 1000 times more, has less control and with diesel,tires, road wear, transportation by ship or train is a big anti green expense. If the money that went for bottled water was used to improve water in underdeveloped countries no one would have a water problem.. so drink the water it's one of the best in the world... and its almost free!
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Just imagine the concentrations of cocaine and lead that result from all those soluble bullets and condoms filled with coke, flushed away by desperate drug-smugglers as the police beat down their doors!!!
With the cost of living so high in Switzerland I'd just assume get free cocaine, thank you very much.

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Hello, I read a study on water around the world and the water in Switzerland and sweden is the best quality in the world. I taught English in the schools here and we do a report on the costs of bottled water, the plastic it takes, the tranportation, trucks, trains, ships and quality controls. Do you know that bottled water doesn't have to meet the quality standards of tap water and sometimes bottled water isn't controled. Then comes in the fact if bottled water is in direct sunlight bacteria can grow. In the end bottled water cost 1000 times more, has less control and with diesel,tires, road wear, transportation by ship or train is a big anti green expense. If the money that went for bottled water was used to improve water in underdeveloped countries no one would have a water problem.. so drink the water it's one of the best in the world... and its almost free!
I was going to mention above that bottled water is just a big scam. But I was trying to be moderate, as there are some places in the world were it's better than tap water. Switzerland ain't one of them.
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Then comes in the fact if bottled water is in direct sunlight bacteria can grow.
Our survey said



Wrong!

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

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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?
Straight from the lake , the Swiss who bathe and swim in it are sterile, but the human ashes dumped into the lake may make it a bit cloudy
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Straight from the lake , the Swiss who bathe and swim in it are sterile, but the human ashes dumped into the lake may make it a bit cloudy
Haven't dumped any ashes in it so far, but I need to sometime (still have a bunch, a couple kg).

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Many thanks to all the quick replies. Aaah, I was bit worried everytime I was drinking water for the last 2 days. I will drink tap water now.

Really, carrying water bottles is heavy and throwing them for recycling is another problem. Donno why I see many buying water bottles for home at super market. Thank you all again.
I heard that Zurich has the most number of water fountains than any other city in the world.
I think I saw it at Zurich Tourist Information.
Just take an empty water flask with you. There's almost one on every street corner/square.
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Straight from the lake , the Swiss who bathe and swim in it are sterile, but the human ashes dumped into the lake may make it a bit cloudy
A pathetic attempt at a joke, or just absolute garbage? Either way, this post is that of a troll.

Stop posting unsubstantiated crap.
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The lead gets into the ground water which eventually gets into th,e food chain, so yes it is a concern near shooting ranges, just as cigarette butts pollute the ground water, the sea life and ultimately the food chain.
Will you PLEASE stop making wild unfounded, unproven, accusations!
(Topsoils on shooting ranges are removed and cleaned! Migros magazine, Ostermundigen THIS week!)

World Health Organization report March 2010:

http://www.unece.org/env/water/Proto...report_ger.pdf

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WHO Protocol on Water and Health 10
6592.07 11th-RN002 March 2010
Lead and trace elements
Respect of various trace elements in drinking water are from data of the Canton Bern
the year 2005. 167 drinking water samples were analyzed for 56 different trace elements
examined. Of particular interest were aluminum, arsenic, lead, cadmium, chromium,
Copper, mercury, selenium and zinc, for which the debt and ingredient regulation (FIV)
Maximum values ​​are set. The levels found were all well below this level
Höchstwerten. 42
Measurements were the national groundwater monitoring NAQUA no anthropogenic
Loads of heavy metals detected in groundwater werden 43. Elevated levels of
Heavy metals in drinking water can, however, because of the household and fittings
mainly occur in new buildings. While for example NAQUA lead nowhere in the program
was measured, was by the District of chemists in the drinking water for new home installations
Lead found werden44. For this there are only a few Daten45. Concerning lead
be noted that according to Article 4 of the required Gege
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A pathetic attempt at a joke, or just absolute garbage? Either way, this post is that of a troll.

Stop posting unsubstantiated crap.
The ashes part is no joke.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle7109939.ece
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Will you PLEASE stop making wild unfounded, unproven, accusations!
That would be out of character.
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Will you PLEASE stop making wild unfounded, unproven, accusations!
(Topsoils on shooting ranges are removed and cleaned! Migros magazine, Ostermundigen THIS week!)

World Health Organization report March 2010:

http://www.unece.org/env/water/Proto...report_ger.pdf

German to English Google translation



WHO Protocol on Water and Health 10
6592.07 11th-RN002 March 2010
Lead and trace elements
Respect of various trace elements in drinking water are from data of the Canton Bern
the year 2005. 167 drinking water samples were analyzed for 56 different trace elements
examined. Of particular interest were aluminum, arsenic, lead, cadmium, chromium,
Copper, mercury, selenium and zinc, for which the debt and ingredient regulation (FIV)
Maximum values ​​are set. The levels found were all well below this level
Höchstwerten. 42
Measurements were the national groundwater monitoring NAQUA no anthropogenic
Loads of heavy metals detected in groundwater werden 43. Elevated levels of
Heavy metals in drinking water can, however, because of the household and fittings
mainly occur in new buildings. While for example NAQUA lead nowhere in the program
was measured, was by the District of chemists in the drinking water for new home installations
Lead found werden44. For this there are only a few Daten45. Concerning lead
be noted that according to Article 4 of the required Gege
The lead and other contaminants (like chemicals found in cigarette butts) eventually find their way into the food chain, plants absorb them, animals eat the plants, we eat the animals etc. It happens all over the world, so to be naive and think that it doesn't happen in Switzerland bewilders me.
But you are right, it doesn't seem to be a problem in Switzerland
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/politics...l?cid=28235460
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The lead and other contaminants (like chemicals found in cigarette butts) eventually find their way into the food chain, plants absorb them, animals eat the plants, we eat the animals etc. It happens all over the world, so to be naive and think that it doesn't happen in Switzerland bewilders me.
But you are right, it doesn't seem to be a problem in Switzerland
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/politics...l?cid=28235460
You could have just said "I'm sorry. I was wrong." Much more concise and more truthful. If you're feeling overcome by the need for brevity, you could even drop the apology.
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You could have just said "I'm sorry. I was wrong." Much more concise and more truthful. If you're feeling overcome by the need for brevity, you could even drop the apology.
No, i was right, guess you didn't read the article, no need to apologize though.
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