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    Quote Originally Posted by mobrouser View Post
    How much did the test kit cost?

    I would do several tests, at least one as ju10prd suggested after a period of heavy rain/flooding, and track your results and then make your decision.
    The test kit cost US$ 24 so it's not something that you'd repeat every day. I do agree with ju10prd, it's probably worth doing a comparison test with bottled water. I live in London as well, and I remember the water company did a test of bottled water and tap water when they came to my house, and the bottled water failed.

    This is the article from CAASD where they claim the water is completely drinkable:

    https://www.listindiario.com/la-repu...en-mas-del-98-

    I think that I may go ahead with the boiling water tap. This will maintain the water at over 90 degrees, so I assume that water heated to this temperature will have most bacteria killed in any case. I may try drinking tap water for a few days and see if makes me ill or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southern View Post
    The U.S has the safe water drinking act. It is enforced by the EPA. It covers all states and Puerto Rico. The Dominican Republic has no oversight that will "hold water". Bottled water is best to drink, stay thirsty my friend.
    Huh! Say that to the people of Flint, Michigan. I don't trust any tap water these days unless I could test it on a daily basis and we all know that is not going to happen.

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    Maybe ju10prd you should visit one of the establishments where they distill the water for the bottles and you would not make such a comment . There most certainly are reputable companies who know that their reputation is their business. i recommend you visit Pelicano or Crystal .

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    I've posted it before, but it bears repeating. SIL is a pharmacist and 'health nut'. She tested many of the bottled waters, and will only drink Crystal or Planeta Azul. She also tested the well water at our house, and it passed with flying colors. We still don't drink it, who knows how things change from week to week, but I do cook with it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by AlterEgo View Post
    I've posted it before, but it bears repeating. SIL is a pharmacist and 'health nut'. She tested many of the bottled waters, and will only drink Crystal or Planeta Azul. She also tested the well water at our house, and it passed with flying colors. We still don't drink it, who knows how things change from week to week, but I do cook with it.
    Interesting. When you say you cook with it, would you use it for pasta or rice, for example? I'm only interested in boiling it to make hot drinks, but something like rice or pasta absorbs the water so you're still ingesting it into your body.

    I also add that CAASD is only saying the water is safe in Santo Domingo, not outside. I think I will see if I can get a bacterial testing kit more cheaply and run a few more tests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TropicalPaul View Post
    Interesting. When you say you cook with it, would you use it for pasta or rice, for example? I'm only interested in boiling it to make hot drinks, but something like rice or pasta absorbs the water so you're still ingesting it into your body.

    I also add that CAASD is only saying the water is safe in Santo Domingo, not outside. I think I will see if I can get a bacterial testing kit more cheaply and run a few more tests.
    Yes, I use it for pasta and rice, even soup. I don't use it for coffee because that doesn't boil long enough [we use an electric espresso machine, or a greca]. We have a separate spigot for direct well water - the water in the cistern and tinaco have chlorine pucks added to them, we don't consume that.

    I have to add that I have one of those 'sensitive' stomachs, everything bothers me, but no problems there.




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    The further one gets away from Santo Domingo and perhaps Santiago, the more lackadaisical the public water authorities become. Water delivery for many outside metropolis remains spotty and inconsistent. Old and compromised pipes allow for the infiltration of contaminants in many locations.

    My house was built back in the days when water was toxic to look at and I have a cistern system. Before I would even entertain the idea of laying new pipes to supply water directly to the house from Coraplata I would need first hand evidence that when I wanted to take a shower, there would be water available, quality testing is done by the supplier numerous times per day and that there are plans and processes in place to flush the entire system clean after contamination is discovered either after flooding or water line breaks.

    As evidenced by those who refuse to drink tap water at home, convincing people to consume large quantities of water from the tap is a long process backed up by consistent service and proven water quality. In Ottawa where I come from, the water has been shown over many decades to be as good as the bottled alternatives. A simple filter can removed the chloramine if one is concerned about that.

    In the DR I do not have any confidence at all in the professionalism of most water treatment workers and systems. I have no trouble envisioning a scenario where a worker goes to add a treatment chemical to the filtration system, finds the bottle empty and puts it on his list of things to do manana. Ecoli and other water born pathogens can kill people and regularly do even in the industrialized world when errors or omissions occur.

    The failings of the water system in Montecristi or Puerto Plata or anywhere else will taint the impressions of people and reflect poorly on the system in SD, Santiago and elsewhere who may do a better job.

    One cup of coffee made in a machine that doesn't heat the water above 160 degrees can make you sick. Two cups can kill you if you are susceptible or Immunol compromised. Ongoing tests over years are needed to establish consumer confidence. Then the one time you turn on the tap and nothing comes out, it all resets to back to zero.

    The evidence to date, does not support notion that the DR can deliver consistently safe drinking water to homes. Even if it is fine after treatment, only the good lord knows what happens to it on it's journey to your faucet. Consumers should be cautious. Even when there is a high level of confidence in the system, for a decade or so afterwards some sort of pre-house treatment would be prudent as the public system matures and workers learn that a simple mistake can be deadly.

    This country and perhaps no country can go from bad to good in a single step when it comes to modernization and process development.

    I think those under sink water heaters are great things. Unfortunately, I don't have a need for lots of consumable hot water. I'd use some for one pot of coffee a day and when boiling water for pasta and that's about it. The rest of the time I'd be filling jugs with hot water only to put them in the fridge to cool down.

    The drinking water supply in this country - not ready for prime time just yet. imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DR_DEFENDER View Post
    Huh! Say that to the people of Flint, Michigan. I don't trust any tap water these days unless I could test it on a daily basis and we all know that is not going to happen.
    Flint was highly unusual and 5 people were charged with involuntary manslaughter

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    Drinking water here is a crap shoot, ....literally

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    An extranjero friend who worked on a joint CAASD water supply project told me that basically, the CAASD water treatment is good, but for all kinds of reasons it is not consistent and therefore cannot be relied upon. The inconsistencies range from sporadic shortages of filtration and chemical treatment materials, to human failures and machinery breakdowns. Also, domestic water piping, particularly in apartment blocks often leaves much to be desired. So I do not drink the tap water but, unlike some friends, I do shower and brush my teeth with it. I do not cook with it but do use it to wash fruit and vegetables. Been living here for 13 years so far without water related health episodes.

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