Is all tap water really safe to drink?

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Regarding drinking water, I just read an article in the French press, Le Figaro, that millions of French homes built before 1950 still have old lead pipes which contaminate the water. Although it is not such a problem for adults as contamination is very slow, it is different for children. Changing the pipes is a very costly and messy process, and it is often last on a list of priorities. If you have old water pipes, the advice of water companies for reducing the lead concentration is always to let water run a bit when first turning on the tap.

http://www.lefigaro.fr/immobilier/2013/12/05/05002-20131205ARTFIG00400-canalisations-plus-de-7-millions-de-logements-ne-sont-pas-aux-normes.php

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2 Responses to “Is all tap water really safe to drink?”

  1. mundurugertrude Says:

    I think not all tape water is clean for drinking. In Uganda, we do not drink tape water without boiling it first. But when I came to London,I was told that I can drink water from the kitchen tape since the UK water goes through a lot of processes before it reaches your tap.But much as the water is properly ‘processed’, I think contamination is very possible in the taps. Maybe for safety of the Children, boiling will the option.

  2. u0950028 Says:

    The world is running out of its most precious resources. The tragedies behind the mounting privatization of water supplies. More than a billion people across the globe don’t have access to safe water. Every day 3900 children die as a result of insufficient or unclean water supplies. The situation can only get worse as water gets evermore scarce.

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