Is using a water bottle with filter enough for me to drink from the faucet water?
I read other posts here where people first boil the water, then put it through a filter. Is that necessary in STI?
bottled water is cheap once you have your 5 gallon bottle. 120 pesos or so for the first one and then about 35 pesos for each refill: you take an empty water to the shop/colmado and bring back a full one.
fill up a jug/bottle and store in the fridge. always keep your bottle closed with the blue plastic cap it comes with, to protect it from contamination.
tap water is safe for all other activities including washing and cooking. don't go crazy over simple stuff like that. no matter what you do at home you may still get sick from time to time because of general lack of hygiene in DR and contaminated food/drink. but in time you will build immunity to local nasties.
Depends on the quality of the filter. What do the people you stay with do?
Personally, I wouldn't cut corners on the water. If you have to boil the water first, you are probably not saving that much money, gas isn't cheap, and asking someone to boil water for you is an unnecessary gringo accomodation for a short term visitor. I also brush my teeth in faucet water and drink collected rain water in the campo if that's what my hosts drink, and have had more unsafe ice than I'm comfortable with, so I am probably a medium risk taker.
I pay 35 pesos for a 5 gallon jug of bottled water from the local colmado.............
But I have to wonder, for that price, is the water really safe to drink...............
That's only 7 pesos a gallon, and that includes profit to the bottler and the colmado..............
B in Santiago
I pay 50 pesos for 5 gallon bottle. 5 pesos is for delivery and I tip 20 pesos. 75 pesos. I probably spend 150 a week. I would not even think of drinking from the tap and my building puts cloro in the cistern.
The bottles cost 30 so you are paying 5 pesos for delivery and 40 pesos tip.. just so ya know