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ajaney


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07/06/2010 22:25

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Would be grateful for information on drinking water. I have been told that the piped water in Girne in not fit for drinking. Is this just a matter of the taste of the water, in which case it can be filtered or it is unfit for human consumtion and if so why

Thanks in anticipation



Stonehousepub


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07/06/2010 22:27

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Stick to bottled water. Wouldnt touch tap water and im Cypriot..



Groucho



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07/06/2010 22:30

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ajaney



The water comes into a ground or underground level tank and sits there until pumped up to another tank on the roof... one or both totally exposed to the heat causing bacteria to multiply. Then think... should I drink this water when an alternative which is far better is available? OK it's not as cheap as the mains water but it won't give you a dodgy tummy...



Blackbird



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07/06/2010 22:38

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Bottled water only for cleaning teeth - drinking etc....

Not worth the risk...



ajaney


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07/06/2010 23:06

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Thanks for the info - just wondering if the water could be made drinkeable should bottled water become unavailable for any reason. Is the bottled water imported?



gallowgate


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07/06/2010 23:44

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You can have a REverse Osmosis system fitted. I bought one in the UK and took it over to Cyprus.



compass


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07/06/2010 23:50

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Ajaney



I have drank nothing but filtered tap water for over 3 years and am still here!!!!!!!!!! It is doubled filtered through standard 10 inch filter cartridges, one a spun polyester 5 microns and the second is a carbon block.



Change them at 6 month intervals as recommended by manufacturers.



My nieghbour dosen't even filter his water for tea/ coffee etc and he's done that for 5 plus years without any problems.



It's up to you.......of course



Compass



Tenakoutou



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08/06/2010 09:48

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re msg 6:



Buy one of these 'reverse osmosis' jobbies and you'll use 4 + gallons of water [to clean its filtres] for every 1 gallon of drinking water it produces.



Then, on top of the cost of the new unit, you'll need to change the [expensive in TRNC!] filtres a coupla three times per year - especially with local water!



everon


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08/06/2010 10:36

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for 7yrs we have used tap water for ice cubes, making brews, cleaning teeth, washing salad etc. We buy water just for drinking. Never had tummy troubles. x



Brinsley


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08/06/2010 10:39

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I drink water straight out of the tap. If at all worried, boil it first, let it cool, bottle & fridge it!



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roisin


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08/06/2010 14:11

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You can drink the water if you have a"belediye"tap on your sink. The water from this tap comes from the mains and doesn't go into your tank.



flightholiday


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09/06/2010 01:41

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Following on from Rosie msg 11 - If you don't feel you trust the "belediye"tap on your sink you dont need to go the extent of RO or ultraviolet to just get some better water filtration - in the UK you can get it:

From less than 100.00

http://www.softcleanwater.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=21&products_id=167

To well over 1,300.00

http://www.softcleanwater.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=30&products_id=217

All from IAH at http://www.softcleanwater.co.uk



philnles


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09/06/2010 08:30

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We have a driking water tap in Baspinar and its fine to drink. Direct from the mains, not stored in tank.



fiendishpaul


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09/06/2010 09:23

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I must confess that we use bottled water for drinking. Having seen the amount of crud that collects when you filter the tap water and the accounts of raw sewage potentially finding it's way into the water table during the floods, the 12 - 15 per month that we spend on bottled water seems a bargain for piece of mind.



We dont have a belediye tap, so can't comment on it's 'drinkability'.



Paul



malsancak


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09/06/2010 10:19

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We used to fill 19 litre bottles straight from the mains, not from a tank, and put that on a water machine. The water came to us reputedly chlorinated. We even put a teaspoonful of pool chlorine in the 4 ton household tank even though we never drank it. Because we had water supply problems for a few years we went over to buying 19 litre bottles of water (3.5TL to collect, 4.5TL delivered.)



flightholiday


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09/06/2010 13:47

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Paul Msg 14 - Its not difficult to have a direct mains tap fitted (if you want one). We have one in Lapta; its in the end another bit of pipe over a kitchen sink.

If you are doing it the posh way you might also want to put some simple filtration in the pipework as well and have a fancy little drinking water tap coming out of your work surface. If you want to go posh and over the top how about some form of water softening to reduce the scale as well? (Whole house softening can be worth it with the lime scale problems you can get in some Cypriot villages.)

At the end of the day if you have peace of mind with the bottled water that is far more important.



MarkVPiazza


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Message Posted:
10/06/2010 08:34

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We use tap water for everything except cold drinks with no problem

Also drink directly from "tap" in Karsiyaka



helper


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Message Posted:
10/06/2010 11:25

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One point no one has mentioned is ' the water here is very hard,' drinking tap water will increase your risk of both kidney stones and gall stones, which are very painfull.



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