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Polish water safe to drink?


blondie12345678 2 | 5
5 Dec 2011 #1
Hi I live in Gdansk and when I first came to the dorms my manager said that the water was not safe to drink and that I had to buy bottled water. Is this true? I have heard rumours of there being lead in teh water? I would really appreciate it if someone knew this answer because I am tired of carrying 10L of water up a slope every week.
grubas 12 | 1,390
5 Dec 2011 #2
I have heard rumours of there being lead in teh water?

It's a lie.There is no lead in water in Gdansk only some uranium and plutonium,but not much just a little bit for a flavor.
OP blondie12345678 2 | 5
5 Dec 2011 #3
hahahah that actually makes it worse but thanks a lot!! Now I know i have to struggle up with 10 L of water!
grubas 12 | 1,390
5 Dec 2011 #4
Nah,people in Poland simply have fixation regarding quality of tap water.I do too,even in the US I only drink bottled water.Tap water in Gdansk is safe to drink,that's for sure though I don't know about the taste.
OP blondie12345678 2 | 5
5 Dec 2011 #5
ok thanks a lot. I have been worried because quite a lot of people have said the water is not good. Because some times I have even found the water to be a slight brownish in colour which is what freaked me out a lot.
grubas 12 | 1,390
5 Dec 2011 #6
brownish in colour

Most likely iron,nothing to worry about.
gumishu 11 | 5,730
5 Dec 2011 #7
tap water is not good in every average city in Poland - I wouldn't drink tap water in those areas of Gdańsk that draw water out of shallow Wisła valley wells (you of course guess that the water in fact comes from Wisła and is only filtrated naturally through the ground which doesn;t eliminate chemical contamination mostly) - and I think it is most of Gdańsk that has water from Wisła - I know Wrocław invested heavily in carbon filters and extensive installation to ozonate water and in the result tap water in Wrocław at least tastes good (but I still wouldn't drink the water on regular base - I have reasons enough to believe it is not even enough to clean water of most chemicals for it to be really good for your health) - however AFAIK Wrocław is the only city in Poland to have serious carbon filtering installation

your manager already advised you tap water in the dormitory is not good drinking water - and occasional brown coloration is not your most concern (though it is of health concern as the porous and geleaous iron hydroxides that form this coloration are like a sponge and harbour a lot of chemical impurities the water carries) - if I were you I would definitely go for buying my drinking water in 5 litre bottles in supermarkets (it's plain water not carbonated) - the bottled water comes from areas where there are no major pollution sources that are outside of major river valleys - in fact most of that plain table water sold in supermarkets comes from deep wells - and the price of that water is not a real burden too - a 5 litre bottle costs around 3 PLN and for a single person it's enough for some 3-4 days (even more if you drink less) - if you want to stay on even healthier side buy a small (max. 1l) bottle of mineral water every day - there is a good variety of mineral water in Poland - you can have only mildly mineralised waters or water really loaded with minerals of various composition - suit your tastes
pip 10 | 1,659
5 Dec 2011 #8
you can drink the water after boiling- ie. tea and coffee. do not drink the water straight from the tap. the problem is that the water starts out clean but as it makes its way to you it picks up stuff because the pipes are so old. I believe there is a story about this in the warsaw voice - but I am too lazy to look for it.
roca 7 | 43
5 Dec 2011 #9
Tap water in Gdansk is safe to drink

that's not true, make labor analysis of the tap water in Poland and you will find pure poision

you can drink the water after boiling- ie. tea and coffee

you cannot remove the hazardous chemicals just by ''boiling'' the water
Olaf 6 | 956
5 Dec 2011 #10
Mostly tap water in Poland is safe to drink, the only thing might be diferent taste in different regions etc. due to different composition of minerals. It is always good to filter the water before drinking, but often bottled water is not better than the tap one (in some areas) so why pay and carry those bottles. That's no sense in most regions of Poland. Many people are fixating on this. When I had doubts, I contacted my local water supplier and asked for opinion and current tests results. All was fine and I can drink water from the tap in Krakow. Same was in Poznan.
gumishu 11 | 5,730
5 Dec 2011 #11
in some cities yes - but not all cities - some cities have excellent tap water (Częstochowa, Opole, Olsztyn, Bielsko-Biała) - the worst thing is when a city draws it's watter supply from a major river by filtering through the valley sediments

you cannot remove the hazardous chemicals just by ''boiling'' the water

exactly
dhrynio 5 | 97
5 Dec 2011 #12
pip
Is this the article?
teflcat 5 | 1,032
5 Dec 2011 #13
often bottled water is not better than the tap one (in some areas) so why pay and carry those bottles.

True, but it's unlikely to be contaminated.

my manager said that the water was not safe to drink

Er...and you doubt him/her? Why would he/she lie to you?
Why don't you contact one of the companies which deliver water to offices? They could bring you a regular supply, say 25l/week.

Tap water in Gdansk is safe to drink,that's for sure

What the hell would you know about the tap water in Gdańsk?
pip 10 | 1,659
5 Dec 2011 #14
pip Is this the article?

hmmm....no I don't thinks so- but it works just as well, for Warsaw anyway. Thanks for looking btw.

that's not true, make labor analysis of the tap water in Poland and you will find pure poison

got a source for that?
Olaf 6 | 956
5 Dec 2011 #15
True, but it's unlikely to be contaminated.

Just as tap water. It's controlled and tested. And I would never drink e.g. Kropla Beskidu, or former Bonaqa but would not have doubts to drink most tap water. Never got sick after tap water.

Er...and you doubt him/her? Why would he/she lie to you?

Often it's just some unbiased prejudice that "tpa water isn't safe". It used to be like that but it was many years ago.

What the hell would you know about the tap water in Gdańsk?

Well, even I can check it online from Krakow. There are often tests published. Here it says something about water in Gdansk being one of the best in Poland:

sng.com.pl/page.php?anim=2&page=38
tester.brita-polska.pl/gdanska-woda-pod-kontrola,artykul,51

i hope this clears out the superstitions about "contaminated" or "unhealthy" tap water. The only thing might be different taste, some people may not like it, depends on region.
teflcat 5 | 1,032
5 Dec 2011 #16
Never got sick after tap water

Neither have I. The water in my region is fine. In fact my mother-in-law lives around the corner from a Hoop factory, and the water from her well comes from the same aquifer as theirs. The only difference is that they bottle and sell it as Arctic; we drink it for free.

Blondie should asked around a bit more. Or just drink a few glasses (when she doesn't have to go anywhere one day) and see what happens!
Olaf 6 | 956
5 Dec 2011 #17
Exactly, common sense goes a longer way also here:)

they bottle and sell it as Arctic; we drink it for free.

Hah! Good one! I will consider moving close to a brewery then;)
pip 10 | 1,659
5 Dec 2011 #18
pip: What the hell would you know about the tap water in Gdańsk?

I didn't write that!!
gumishu 11 | 5,730
5 Dec 2011 #19
Or just drink a few glasses (when she doesn't have to go anywhere one day) and see what happens!

if she used to live in London drank water froms Thames water and was alright she can probably be perfectly fine on Gdańsk water ;)

Olaf:
pip: What the hell would you know about the tap water in Gdańsk?

I didn't write that!!

you did :P go figure ;)

and seriously - the quote utility sometimes wrongly attributes user name's - it used to very common before
OP blondie12345678 2 | 5
5 Dec 2011 #20
i don't doubt my manager. It is just 10 L of water a week is a big pain to carry up a slope!! Being a little bit lazy that is all!!
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,852
5 Dec 2011 #21
It's probably quite OK if you are used to it, I think we all adjust to our own horrible water.
Peter Cracow
5 Dec 2011 #22
Though there is rather no Polonium in Polish tap water I use to drink bottled one. I learned it from my teachers (mostly from US) on the business courses in Cracow in early 90. They used to carry at last one bottle with theirself mandatory. Before it I tried to use pure spring water because tap water wasn't good for my health or at last self-feeling as for many people too. Water conditioning works very good now, but still it is a chemical process. I use myself and can give you advice to use a spring, not mineral, water for everyday use. It has a proper ratio of minerals to water. Below 500mg/1cm3. That water is bottled in Zywiec county by many companies. It has names like Zywiec Zdroj, Krysztal Zywiecki, etc.
Wroclaw Boy
5 Dec 2011 #23
I used to drink the tap water for years, then i stopped and my toilet requirements became less frequent. Another thing that put me off was when i saw the state of my water pipes. Lets face it theres all kinds of faults with those undeground pipes, anything could be contaminating the water especially if you live out of town.

Once we had the water board round handing out free bottled Ziwiec Droj water, they gave us about 50 x 5 litre bottles because they found a serious contamination. If the Polish water company is giving away free water you know there is a real problem!!
scottie1113 7 | 898
5 Dec 2011 #24
I drank tap water in Warsaw for six weeks then moved to Gdansk almost 4 1/2 years ago and have continued to do so. No problems. But if my tap water were brown, I'd buy bottled water at Biedronka. The only time I buy bottled water now now is if I want lemon or apple flavored water for an occasional change.

Blondie, where's this slope you have to walk up? Be grateful for the exercise.
a.k.
5 Dec 2011 #25
According to a raport from October on city's site, the water can be drinked.
OP blondie12345678 2 | 5
6 Dec 2011 #26
the Slope is right from the tram station to our dorms. The one near Medical University of Gdansk.
Jimmu 2 | 157
7 Dec 2011 #27
Have you thought about buying something like a Brita water filter? Either one that fits on the tap or one that filters water into a special carafe?
gumishu 11 | 5,730
7 Dec 2011 #28
it's not really an option in a dormitory, you see
Jimmu 2 | 157
7 Dec 2011 #29
I get your point about not installing a filter on a communal water tap, but maybe a water filter pitcher would work.
johnny reb 31 | 5,705
24 Apr 2017 #30
I used to drink the tap water for years, then i stopped and my toilet requirements became less frequent

After decades of poor quality water running in home taps the situation has improved to the extent that many Poles started drinking it again.
(Bottled water is not as safe as it is cracked up to be either, if you tested it, especially if those plastic bottles have been exposed to sun light.)

Nice to see that kind of new infrastructure improving Poland.


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