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Polish water safe to drink?


NoToForeigners 10 | 1,032
24 Apr 2017 #31
that's not true, make labor analysis of the tap water in Poland and you will find pure poision

Utter BULL***t.

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johnny reb 31 | 5,705
24 Apr 2017 #32
roca posted that five years ago and the water very well have could have contained interference.
Look what Wroclaw Boy said about it.

I used to drink the tap water for years, then i stopped and my toilet requirements became less frequent.

Since then Poland has been replacing the old water pipes and things have improved to the point that the Polish people are starting to drink the water from the taps in their homes again.

That was the POINT here.
roca also made another very good point.

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

Your source Notty will most likely get deleted since it is not in English.
NoToForeigners 10 | 1,032
24 Apr 2017 #33
dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3683193/From-Spain-France-Russia-Croatia-Countries-Europe-drink-tap-water-places-really-shouldn-t.html
many, many more....

Poor water quality was a problem more than a decade ago. Now it's just a stupid stereotype made up mostly buy some of the most ignorant Poles themselves (leftards that spit on Polish flag etc.You know... Zjebowit's kind).
jon357 67 | 17,031
24 Apr 2017 #34
In Poland it depends very much on where you are. There are even variations within Warsaw.
NoToForeigners 10 | 1,032
24 Apr 2017 #35
@jon357
Just like everywhere else. I had tried the tap water in Northamptonshire and it was horrible.
jon357 67 | 17,031
24 Apr 2017 #36
I had tried the tap water in Northamptonshire

And certainly safe.

There are a few parts of Warsaw where residents don't drink the tap water.

Sales of bottled water are huge here in Poland.
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,852
24 Apr 2017 #37
that's right. When we lived in Wales we had purest coldest mountain water...came down to London and my kids were spitting the water out in horror when they tasted it..

the funny thing is , as I come from London , I only realised how rank it was once I had been away. I swear there is grit in it.

So I guess you just get used to what you know.
jon357 67 | 17,031
24 Apr 2017 #38
When we lived in Wales we had purest coldest mountain water

Same in Yorkshire - very good quality. Here in PL there are a lot of issues with the pipes that affect taste, hence people usually preferring bottled.
NoToForeigners 10 | 1,032
24 Apr 2017 #39
@jon357
Even if so the thread is about if the tap water is SAFE to drink and it is 100% safe indeed. Tap water in Poland must have passed all EU tests and regulations. The very same as in France, Germany or Spain.
jon357 67 | 17,031
24 Apr 2017 #40
Tap water in Poland must have passed all EU tests and regulations

The EU have expressed concerns about water quality here and have identified serious shortcomings.

Sales of bottled water have long been very high here.
NoToForeigners 10 | 1,032
24 Apr 2017 #41
The EU have expressed concerns about water quality here and have identified serious shortcomings.

source pls

Sales of bottled water have long been very high here.

as well as sales of beer.
Atch 16 | 3,335
25 Apr 2017 #42
Tap water in Poland must have passed all EU tests and regulations.

Not necessarily. You can have varying quality of water even in an EU country. It's not likely to give you typhoid or anything extreme but in a rural area for example you could have water compromised by fecal matter from septic tanks or as people have said contaminated by old pipes. I saw an article from a Conde Nast travel guide which gave a list of countries where water is safe to drink. Poland was on it, but so was Ireland and although the water is safe to drink as a rule in Ireland, there are frequent 'boil' notices issued by the Department of Health for some rural areas because the private well water supplies can be contaminated by agricultural slurry. It happens for example during very wet weather which we get rather a lot of! Yet Ireland has 100% compliance with EU standards. Point is being an EU country doesn't necessarily mean that the water is completely safe at all times. That's a work in progress. The EU tests it every three years and then produces a report. Here's the latest ones for each member state available on their site for 2011-2013. If you take a look at the one for Poland you will see that though the water is largely safe there is still some work to do. If you go to the section entitled Causes for Non-compliance and Remedial Actions, you will see that there were instances of non-compliance with standards which required treatment:

ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-drink/reporting_en.html
NoToForeigners 10 | 1,032
25 Apr 2017 #43
Not necessarily. You can have varying quality of water even in an EU country.

That's what i said. Polish tap water is as safe as any other EU member state's.
jon357 67 | 17,031
25 Apr 2017 #44
there were instances of non-compliance with standards which required treatment:

Exactly. Important to know exactly which areas are affected.

And sales of bottled water here are still huge.
Atch 16 | 3,335
25 Apr 2017 #45
Yes, that's true. My own husband won't touch tap water even at home, though all the pipes in our building were renewed about three years ago. He's a Muszynianka man :) Comparing the EU reports on Poland and Ireland I noticed that although Ireland has a higher instance of 'emergencies' (because of the rural contamination issues from slurry pits etc) Poland has a much higher rate of remedial actions required in a given year. Unfortunately the Polish report didn't state the overall level of compliance with regulations/standards. Ireland had 99.9% for 2011 and 2012 and 100% for 2013. And yet as I say, drinking water is not always 'safe' there in rural areas. The main thing, as you say Jon is for the information to be made public and for people to be made aware and put on a 'boil' notice. I'm not sure if they do that in Poland.
jon357 67 | 17,031
25 Apr 2017 #46
There's a lack of trust within society concerning all public health information here. I remember when the pollution indicator on al. Jerozolimskie was taken down because the readings were usually off the top of the scale. Because of the issues with water (and especially long-term damage due to low-quality metal pipes) people just don't trust it.

We have a very deep well that supplies water to the whole house - much better and usually people's first choice if they are able to do that.
johnny reb 31 | 5,705
25 Apr 2017 #47
Those metal pipes you speak of are sometimes "lead" pipes.
Boiling your water does not remove toxic metals or chemicals from the water.
Even bottled water is unsafe sometimes.
When the plastic gets exposed to the hot sun it causes a chemical reaction that makes the water toxic from the plastic.
May I brag, we are blessed here on my property, to have a bubbling artesian well that has a flow of 30 gallons a minute of ice cold water that tests zero interference that flows 24/7/365.

Does Poland have test kits that you can take random samples of water yourself and send them into the health department to have them tested for a small fee like they do here in the U.S.A. ?
JakeRyan
8 Sep 2021 #48
Merged:

Is tap water in Poland safe to drink?



I guess it depends on the town or city but I want your experience.

Here in Sofia, Bulgaria the tap water has a great taste but it has Helicobacter pylori in it. So it's better to only drink mineral or if tap to boil it (I get no tummy problems that way, otherwise I outright need antibiotics).
amiga500 2 | 739
8 Sep 2021 #49
No wonder bulgarians are so stupid. You have brain worms in your water.
JakeRyan
8 Sep 2021 #50
Are you drunk again? That's the gut bacteria, not a worm.


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