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Cyprus Drinking Water

Post by Austin7 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:03 pm

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/arti ... -year.html

I know it's from the DM but this report is a bit alarming. Cyprus drinking water worst in EU.

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Re: Cyprus Drinking Water

Post by LouiseCastricum » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:22 pm

But Cyprus most probably has the highest consumption of bottled water.
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Re: Cyprus Drinking Water

Post by Austin7 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:26 pm

LouiseCastricum wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:22 pm
But Cyprus most probably has the highest consumption of bottled water.
According to the article it's not just about consumption, it's also about bathing and showering.

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Re: Cyprus Drinking Water

Post by WHL » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:03 pm

Daily Mail, say no more.

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Re: Cyprus Drinking Water

Post by Devil » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:25 am

Typical DM pseudo-science. Look at the title of the 'table': "TOP 5 COUNTRIES WITH THE HIGHEST % OF BLADDER CANCER CASES LINKED TO TAP WATER".
How can they 'link' it to tap water? By the quantity of CHCl3? As this is volatile and the water is stored in sunlight in roof-top tanks before reaching the tap, I suggest that the high rate of bladder cancer here is because of other factors than the water actually coming out of the tap. In any case, if boiled, the CHCl3 will have evaporated.

In any case, the table is highly misleading and unscientific, as it gives ONLY the % attributed to water contaminants, NOT the % of the population with bladder cancer, which may be very low.

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Re: Cyprus Drinking Water

Post by Jim B » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:14 am

When I worked for North West Water they had a programme of shutting down treatment works that received the water from Springs due to concerns over a bug called Cryptosporidium. The number of bottled water companies trying to buy the licenses off NWW was unbelievable, they wanted to bottle the water from the Springs that had been deemed unfit to drink by the government.
I tend to avoid bottled water as its purity is much lower than tap water.

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Re: Cyprus Drinking Water

Post by Kili01 » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:01 pm

The newspapers and the Daily Mail is a major player in this, are forever initiating scare stories about bottled water including fears about the plastic bottles which it usually comes in. At the end of the day it is down to the individual who or what they believe. Often in summer here I drink one of the well known brands.To date I haven’t come to any harm. The most important thing is to drink sufficient water to stay hydrated. Particularly when its hot.
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Re: Cyprus Drinking Water

Post by JimX » Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:58 am

Morning...all.

Plastic water is a sham, simple as that it not only is causing massive amounts of waste plastic products but no one ever says where it was bottled or sourced, always makes me smile when I see Del and Rodney opening a drinking water factory in their council flat, just to say I have always drank from Cypriot taps and in 25 years of doing so I am still breathing. In the UK I do remember when Chloride was added to the water system and it did taste foul....


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Post by darrow » Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:19 am

Jim B wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:14 am
When I worked for North West Water they had a programme of shutting down treatment works that received the water from Springs due to concerns over a bug called Cryptosporidium. The number of bottled water companies trying to buy the licenses off NWW was unbelievable, they wanted to bottle the water from the Springs that had been deemed unfit to drink by the government.
I tend to avoid bottled water as its purity is much lower than tap water.

Jim
Jim is right. Many years ago before there was heavy land contamination, spring water was probably good. Who knows what contaminants it picks up as it traverses its way down from the springs? I myself did a very unscientific test several years ago with my tensor. If you are not into alternative medicines you won't know what it is, but along the lines of a divining stick! Out of 4 bottled waters, it rejected 3 of them. Each to their own, those who want to buy bottled water, and those who don't!

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Re: Cyprus Drinking Water

Post by Austin7 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:57 am

I only originally made this posting because it was aimed at the UK but claimed Cyprus had the worst levels in the EU of contaminants but it is about treated mains water NOT BOTTLED WATER.

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Post by Dominic » Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:11 am

JimX wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:58 am
Morning...all.

Plastic water is a sham, simple as that it not only is causing massive amounts of waste plastic products but no one ever says where it was bottled or sourced, always makes me smile when I see Del and Rodney opening a drinking water factory in their council flat, just to say I have always drank from Cypriot taps and in 25 years of doing so I am still breathing. In the UK I do remember when Chloride was added to the water system and it did taste foul....
The Kykkos water is bottled in the Troodos. I've been past their plant, while I was looking for an EOKA hideaway.
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Re: Cyprus Drinking Water

Post by LouiseCastricum » Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:14 am

As is the Ayios Nikolaos water. (near Kakopetria).
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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:34 am

Don't think I've yet come across a bottled water which doesn't say what the source was. Most are from natural springs. Arguments can, and are, made in both directions, but we're happy with bottled water. We buy ours in 25l containers, which are then pumped though our fridge, which has it's own filtration system.

Is our bottled water fresh? Often times I've gone to our supplier in G'pou after mid-day and he's sold out, with not a drop of water in the place.

As is evident from the Water Aid ads on TV, all in the western world are fortunate to have the clean, healthy drinking water we do; whether from tap water or bottled.

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Re: Cyprus Drinking Water

Post by Lincoln » Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:13 pm

We drink either Bottled water or Filtered water. In the cold weather, my wife drinks only Hot Boiled water.
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Re: Cyprus Drinking Water

Post by galexinda » Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:39 pm

I drink at least 3-5 litres (much more in the hotter months) of water a day, mostly unfiltered tap water - no harm done in 15+ years.

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Re: Cyprus Drinking Water

Post by Devil » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:12 pm

Mains drinking water:
1. From desalination: contains very small amount of salt (5-10 ppm), most other contaminants removed, quasi-zero organic matter (at plant output), small amounts of calcium salts generally added, not necessary to chlorinate but small quantities of hypochlorite may be added.
2. From surface reservoirs: variable levels of salts and organic matter, filtered in sand beds, may require other filtering. Organic matter treated with sodium hypochlorite.
3. From phreatic (underground) reservoirs: often rich in calcium salts (hard water), filtered in sand beds, may require other filtering. Organic matter treated with sodium hypochlorite.

The action of the sodium hypochlorite is to destroy living organisms with chlorine, leaving very small quantities of salt. Usually enough is added to kill organisms up to the point of use (tap), but not enough to liberate excess amounts of chlorine at user level. Residing in a rooftop tank will remove excess hypochlorite.

All mains water in Cyprus is regularly analysed and is generally safe to drink from the tap, unless otherwise stated. Beware of non-mains water (wells, etc.). If there has been an interruption of water, run mains water from standpipe for several minutes when restored. Chlorination of mains water is usually sufficient to render water from rooftop tank safe to drink, in normal use, except if kept standing for a month or more.

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Re: Cyprus Drinking Water

Post by Jim B » Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:30 pm

Wasn't it a well known drinks company that was bottling tap water in the UK and selling it at exorbitant prices?
Bottled water always reminds me of "Only Fools and Horses" and "Peckham Water" which just about sums bottled water up.
We have a water dispenser with a 25ltr. Britas filter which we use during the summer and fill with tap water and use the fridge filtered water which is straight off the main in the cooler months.

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