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Is tap water safe?

If tested: Generally itis safe in most modern cities but if from well water or a 3rd world country it can be risky. ...Read more

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Is my tap water safe to drink after a big flood?

Is my tap water safe to drink after a big flood?

Floods: Floods are New Zealand’s number one hazard in terms of frequency, losses and declared civil defense emergencies. Floods can cause injury and loss of life, damage to property and infrastructure, loss of stock, and contamination of water and land. Getting ready before a flood strikes will help reduce damage to your home and business and help you survive. http://www.getthru.govt.nz/disasters/flood/ ...Read more

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Is tap water safe to drink if someone uses a filter?

Is tap water safe to drink if someone uses a filter?

Yes: Tap water in the usa is safe to drink by itself. A filter might remove a few solids but your body can handle them anyway. Note also that many bottled waters are actually tap water. ...Read more

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Is tap water safe to drink after a wildfire has gone through?

Is tap water safe to drink after a wildfire has gone through?

Contact authority: Contact your authorities to see if the water is safe. Do not ever use water that you think may be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, or make ice or baby formula. ...Read more

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Is my tap water safe to drink, if the street is flooded outside?

Is my tap water safe to drink, if the street is flooded outside?

Yes, if ...: Despite street flooding, the close system of city water treatment should be intact and okay to use as long as the system is not broken by flooding. Of course, occasionally, major natural disasters may take place; for survival, people still have to boil untreated water for survival until the water treatment system is restored. ...Read more

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I'm at a lake and we ran out of water all we have is milk I take pills can I use the milk to get it down and will I be hydrated is tap water safe?

I'm at a lake and we ran out of water all we have is milk I take pills can I use the milk to get it down and will I be hydrated is tap water safe?

Yes: You can use the milk to take almost all pills, and stay hydrated (it has enough water content to keep an infant cow alive). If you want to try the tap water, look up the number for the local government water department, call them and ask if the water is safe to drink. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is carbon filtered unboiled tap water safe enough to mix with formula for 2 month old?

Is carbon filtered unboiled tap water safe enough to mix with formula for 2 month old?

Depends: If you live in an area on city water& that water has an approved or superior rating it doesn't need to be boiled. As a general rule if its good enough for you to drink from the tap you can use it to mix formula. If you have rusty pipes or have other concerns about origin, gallons of filtered water are available for less than a dollar. ...Read more

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Is tap water safe to drink daily, or does it have contaminates that are bad? Just wondering if there's any medical reason to filter water

Where do you live?: In some areas the water consistently tests well without significant contaminants. However, as we saw in Flint water crisis that is not always the case. ...Read more

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If it is OK outside after Hurricane Harvey blows thru but the street's flooded, but you have running water inside the house, is your tap water safe?

If it is OK outside after Hurricane Harvey blows thru but the street's flooded, but you have running water inside the house, is your tap water safe?

Tap water safety/Hur: Your Health is Precious!

Hurricanes, especially if accompanied by a tidal surge or flooding, can contaminate the public water supply. Water in the hurricane-affected area may not be safe to drink

Please contact Local Health Departments whether the tap water is safe for drinking. ...Read more

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Tap water smell like chlorine well it just smells funny I live in the U.S. In Baltimore Maryland is tap water safe to drink im 31weeks pregnant?!

Tap water smell like chlorine well it just smells funny I live in the U.S. In Baltimore Maryland is tap water safe to drink im 31weeks pregnant?!

Tap water is safe: Generally, tap water in the USA is safe to drink. The chlorine in the water is necessary to prevent the growth of bacteria that could be harmful. Sometimes there may be local bans on tap water due to unusual emergencies, like water main breaks. Then, always follow local boil water advisories or use bottled water until the problem is fixed. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my tap water is safe to drink after the earthquake?

How can I tell if my tap water is safe to drink after the earthquake?

I think you: Would have to rely on notification from the government/public health authorities. It would be obvious, I would think, if your water supply has been affected by an earthquake. If it seems likely wait for official notification before using tap water. This is why bottled water is recommended for disaster preparedness. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Is tap water in asia safe to drink or should I throw it away?

Is tap water in asia safe to drink or should I throw it away?

In general: Recommend against drinking tap water in Asia. This comes from having lived in Asia three times. I would not trust any water that is not poured from a sealed bottle before you eyes. ...Read more

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My opthamalogist told me to wash my gas-permeable rigid contact lenses with tap water. Is that safe and ok/?

My opthamalogist told me to wash my gas-permeable rigid contact lenses with tap water. Is that safe and ok/?

Gas perm contacts: Need more cleaning than just tap water. There are several brands of lens cleaners available on the market. Every evening after you remove them, you should use a daily cleaner to remove any debris and deposits from the lenses. You can rinse the cleaner off with tap water then you should soak the lenses overnight in a lens conditioning solution. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my eye doctor told me to wash my gas-permeable rigid contact lenses with tap water. Is that safe?

What do you suggest if my eye doctor told me to wash my gas-permeable rigid contact lenses with tap water. Is that safe?

Tap water: No. Find a new eye doctor- or ask if you heard correctly. Tap water contains germs and parasites... ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! My eye doctor told me to wash my gas-permeable rigid contact lenses with tap water. Is that safe?

Could use your help docs! My eye doctor told me to wash my gas-permeable rigid contact lenses with tap water. Is that safe?

Gas perm contacts: Need more cleaning than just tap water. There are several brands of lens cleaners available on the market. Every evening after you remove them, you should use a daily cleaner to remove any debris and deposits from the lenses. You can rinse the cleaner off with tap water then you should soak the lenses overnight in a lens conditioning solution. ...Read more

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When and how much bleach do I add to my tap water to make it safe after the flood?

When and how much bleach do I add to my tap water to make it safe after the flood?

Purifying water: Although a rapid boil for one minute followed by cooling is much better, chlorine bleach can also be used to purify water. If the water is relatively clear, use three drops per 1 quart of water, and wait for 30 minutes. If it is cloudy, try to filter it first with whatever you have available, followed by five drops per quart, and wait for 60 minutes. Avoid water contaminated by chemicals. ...Read more

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When and how much bleach do I add to my tap water to make it safe after the hurricane?

When and how much bleach do I add to my tap water to make it safe after the hurricane?

Bleach in tap water: I commend you for your concern about safety of tap water after Hurricane

Use regular household bleach (do not use scented ones or any with added cleaners).

Add 1/8 teaspoon of bleach to a gallon of water, stir and let stand for a half hour.

The water should have a faint bleach odor, If it doesn’t, then add another 1/8 teaspoon and let stand another 15 minutes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to let children drink tap water everywhere in the u.S.?

Is it safe to let children drink tap water everywhere in the u.S.?

Depends: Depending on the area, some municipalities have certified water systems & some do not. The final distribution point can also be a factor. Just because an area has a certified supply does not mean a site has not developed issues within its plumbing. If you have a question while traveling, look for the water quality signs posted at city entry, check with hotels or use bottled water. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink tap water after a hurricane or typhoon?

Tap water after Hurr: • Hurricanes, especially if accompanied by a tidal surge or flooding, can overwhelm municipal water treatment plants and contaminate your water supply.

• Do not drink Cloudy water from your faucets • Please contact Local Health Departments whether the tap water is safe for drinking after a Hurricane or Typhoon.

Your Health is Precious! ...Read more

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My child is 10 months old, is it safe for him to drink regular tap water?

My child is 10 months old, is it safe for him to drink regular tap water?

Not recommended: Check with your local water utility. If your tap water is fluoridated or has substantial natural Fluoride (0.7 mg/l or higher), consider using a low-fluoride alternative water source.
The american dental association recommends not using water that contains high levels of Fluoride when mixing powdered or concentrated baby formula. Too much Fluoride puts your baby at risk for enamel fluorosis. ...Read more

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If my tap water smells like grass and I am allergic to grass would it still be safe to cook with?

That smell coming: From the tap water may not be grass. Infact, I would be quite surprised if it was grass. You can have the quality of your water checked if concerned about contaminants. ...Read more

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Is it safe to make formula with tap water that has been boiled and poured into an empty plastic water bottle?

Is it safe to make formula with tap water that has been boiled and poured into an empty plastic water bottle?

Perhaps: Why dink tap water with all the chemicals it contains. Pure bottled water is inexpensive and a wonderful health investment. Our bodies are 70% water, and all our biochemistry takes place in that water. It makes no sense to drink tap water if cleaner water is available. In emergencies tap water in the United States is a blessing, even for drinking. ...Read more

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For almost a month Ive have bottles filled with tap water in my kitchen the bottles have been in warm temperatures is it safe to drink?

For almost a month Ive have bottles filled with tap water in my kitchen the bottles have been in warm temperatures is it safe to drink?

How Clean?: How clean were the bottles when you filled those? Why do you want to drink stored water, when you have access to fresh water?
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Is it a good and safe practice to run tap water over the eyes?

Is it a good and safe practice to run tap water over the eyes?

No: Tap water is not sterile nor lubricating. Irrigation of the eyes should be done with sterile irrigating solution or artificial tears. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use tap water for nasal wash? I live in California.

Is it safe to use tap water for nasal wash? I live in California.

No: If you are using Netipot, don't use tap water — it can lead to protozoal infection. Either boil the water or use sterile saline. ...Read more

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Does it make unpurified tap water that is contaminated with sewage and has no chlorine it safe to drink if you just boil it?

Does it make unpurified tap water that is contaminated with sewage and has no chlorine it safe to drink if you just boil it?

Kills pathogens: Boiling for 1 minute will kill gastrointestinal pathogens and is the best way to decontaminate water from pathogens. However, it will not remove chemical contaminants that may also be present in sewage systems. ...Read more

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Is tap water in Worcester, MA or in MA safe to drink? Can the residues(metal, rust,dirt.)& chemicals in it cause cancer, kidney problem, &other diseases?

Is tap water in Worcester, MA or in MA safe to drink? Can the residues(metal, rust,dirt.)& chemicals in it cause cancer, kidney problem, &other diseases?

Check with city: Most municipalities have water supply regularly checked for contaminants, infection and chemicals. You could ask them if they have tested the water in Worcester. The only other concern might be if the actual pipes in or leading up to your house contain lead and are old enough to leach out this lead. ...Read more

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