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sarongsong
2010-Mar-02, 07:50 AM
February 27, 2010
Hamilton, Ohio (http://maps.google.com/maps?client=opera&oe=utf-8&ie=UTF8&q=Hamilton,+Ohio&fb=1&gl=us&ei=EcKMS-XLF4y6tQPOupHTBg&ved=0CBkQpQY&hl=en&view=map&geocode=FU0wWQIdSLL1-g&split=0&iwloc=A&sa=X), 2009 defending champion Best US Tap Water topped a pair of Canadian waters to win undisputed...at the 20th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting (http://www.berkeleysprings.com/water/winners10.htm)...Beaver Falls and Greenwood, British Columbia won silver and bronze respectively...:clap:

mugaliens
2010-Mar-02, 09:03 AM
Evidently, Colorado's not yet joined the contests... :)

The Backroad Astronomer
2010-Mar-02, 09:08 AM
Isn't all Colorado's water used to make beer.:)

The Backroad Astronomer
2010-Mar-02, 09:16 AM
The thing is you are tasting water but the impurities in the water.
I love this bit by Penn and Teller.(strong language included)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfPAjUvvnIc

closetgeek
2010-Mar-02, 02:06 PM
Now that I have city water, I don't buy bottled water but the house I lived in before this, I wouldn't recommend anyone drink the water. We had a whole water treatment system but nothing seemed to get rid of the smell of sulfur.

grant hutchison
2010-Mar-02, 02:54 PM
Curiously, all the competitors for the alleged "Best Tap Water in the World" come from the USA and Canada (http://www.berkeleysprings.com/water/participants10.htm). Looks like another World Series.

Grant Hutchison

Ara Pacis
2010-Mar-02, 05:56 PM
Evidently, Colorado's not yet joined the contests... :)

I didn't think water rights allowed Coloradans to export it.

BigDon
2010-Mar-02, 06:13 PM
The town I stayed at in Australia had tap water so alkaline it caused kidney failure in two years if it was your only source of liquids. Calgoorie was it?

I drank a lot of beer. Would have to go back to the ship every three days just to tank up on water. :)

Where I live the water system for the housing was put in post WWII by cheap swindlers who used iron pipes where the industry standard was to use copper ones. Our tap water tasted horrific from the 1960's to about two years ago. They had to harden the water up till it tasted like alkaseltzer to keep the pipes from disolving.

That was a huge reason for the amount of bottled water used in my area.

Couldn't make a descent cup of tea with it. A crust would form on top.

Perfectly safe to drink. :silenced:

sarongsong
2010-Mar-02, 07:02 PM
...all the competitors for the alleged "Best Tap Water in the World" come from the USA and Canada (http://www.berkeleysprings.com/water/participants10.htm). Looks like another World Series...I see China, Italy, Bosnia...2010 Purified Drinking Water Entries (http://www.berkeleysprings.com/water/participants10.htm)

mugaliens
2010-Mar-02, 07:12 PM
I didn't think water rights allowed Coloradans to export it.

That's probably closer to the truth than I care to admit! For the longest time you couldn't even collect roof runoff for later use in watering your garden. :doh:

Last I read, there may be or have been a change in the works, but as I chose to live in an apt, at least for a while, I haven't kept abreast of the issue.

grant hutchison
2010-Mar-02, 07:34 PM
I see China, Italy, Bosnia...2010 Purified Drinking Water Entries (http://www.berkeleysprings.com/water/participants10.htm)Only in the bottled water categories. Look at the "Municipal" list for stuff that comes straight out of the tap. (By the way, I see only the US and Canada under Purified Drinking Water. The non-North Americans are all in the Sparkling, Bottled Non-Carbonated and bottle design categories.)

Grant Hutchison

Jim
2010-Mar-02, 08:25 PM
There is a bottled water on the market made from Houston city tap water.

Ivan Viehoff
2010-Mar-03, 10:53 AM
Now that I have city water, I don't buy bottled water but the house I lived in before this, I wouldn't recommend anyone drink the water. We had a whole water treatment system but nothing seemed to get rid of the smell of sulfur.

Sulphur? (No I'm not making a point about the spelling.) I wasn't aware that Florida was a volcanic zone. Perhaps you meant chlorine. Now go to Reykjavik, Iceland, and the tap water really does taste of H2S.

grant hutchison
2010-Mar-03, 11:27 AM
Sulphur? (No I'm not making a point about the spelling.) I wasn't aware that Florida was a volcanic zone. Perhaps you meant chlorine. Now go to Reykjavik, Iceland, and the tap water really does taste of H2S.And a shower leaves you smelling as if you've rubbed yourself down with an egg sandwich.

Grant Hutchison

Jim
2010-Mar-03, 07:05 PM
Sulphur? (No I'm not making a point about the spelling.) I wasn't aware that Florida was a volcanic zone. Perhaps you meant chlorine. Now go to Reykjavik, Iceland, and the tap water really does taste of H2S.

Not volcanic, but the Gulf Coast has lots (and lots) of salt domes. The cap rock of the domes contains sulfur, and this can get into the water table.

Lianachan
2010-Mar-03, 07:11 PM
Curiously, all the competitors for the alleged "Best Tap Water in the World" come from the USA and Canada (http://www.berkeleysprings.com/water/participants10.htm). Looks like another World Series.

Grant Hutchison

The two places that sprang to my mind as having good tap water were Scotland (the Highlands, at least) and Crete.

chrlzs
2010-Mar-04, 08:02 AM
The town I stayed at in Australia had tap water so alkaline it caused kidney failure in two years if it was your only source of liquids. Calgoorie was it?



Kalgoorlie or Coolgardie, I'd say it was.

Yep, us ozzies have a reputation for some of the worst tap water - hardly surprising, given it's the driest continent - basically a big desert surrounded by seawater...

(Truth is, we do have a fair bit of tropical, and even mediterranean, countryside.. where I live, Queensland, it is pretty much all flooded currently...)

Ong
2010-Jun-13, 07:16 PM
Oh, so that's one of the reasons that Australians are (I think) the world's biggest per capita consumers of beer.

NYC was quite famous for its excellent tap water - came down from the Catskill Mountains via an elaborate underground aqueduct system built many years ago. Bad exception was parts of south Queens which got its water from underground. Not sure if any of that has changed in recent years.

Tests of drinking water usually show that in most places in teh USA ordinary tap water is healthier than bottled water.

swampyankee
2010-Jun-13, 08:44 PM
Sulphur? (No I'm not making a point about the spelling.) I wasn't aware that Florida was a volcanic zone. Perhaps you meant chlorine. Now go to Reykjavik, Iceland, and the tap water really does taste of H2S.

Parts of Connecticut have a lot of sulfur taste in their water, too. Indeed, the neighborhood where one of my uncles lived had such high quantities of sulfur (H2S?) that the town ran city water out to the area. I think there were also quite a lot of industrial contaminants, too, but his water was definitely sulfurous and definitely unpleasant. I believe the nearest volcanoes are in Iceland, so I suspect that vulcanism is not required for sulfurous water.

mugaliens
2010-Jun-14, 02:16 AM
I believe the nearest volcanoes are in Iceland, so I suspect that vulcanism is not required for sulfurous water.

I think you're right. When I lived in Louisiana, our water was very sulfurous, and I don't recally any volcanism within several states distant. Sulpher, LA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulphur,_Louisiana)is a common sulpher mining town.