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But Can You Drink the Water?

But Can You Drink the Water?

You can't drink this water, either, but we still like it.

You can't drink this water, either, but we still like it.

With all the great things Mexico has going for it, why is everyone fixated on the crummy water?  Wherever you go, most people drink bottled water anyway.

Friday, October 13, 2006

In 95% of my conversations about living in Mexico, people will ask two questions.

“Do you LIKE it?”  (Always with a “What’s that smell?” look on their face).

Well, I’ve chosen to live here for many years—Yes, I like it.

And “Is it true you can’t drink the water?”

Well, there you’ve got me.  Almost everyone in Mexico drinks bottled water.  In some places like Cancun they have good purification plants and you can drink right from the tap, but in most of Mexico piped-in water is for washing and watering the plants, but not for drinking.

But what’s the big deal?  We buy our water in garrafones, the familiar water-cooler jugs, at 65 cents a pop, and use it for drinking and cooking.  Don’t you?  Even Mom in Upstate NY, with some of the best tasting water in the country (we ship it to NYC, where the water always gets rave reviews) has a water jug service.  Even if the water is clean, corroding pipes can add lead and other nasty metals.

All this buying water in jugs is relatively new.  When I was a kid in the ‘60s it would have been crazy to imagine anyone buying bottled water—it is next to free from the tap.  But nowadays we know more about contaminants, and the fact that we drink bottled water in Mexico doesn’t seem so weird anymore.

Does drinking tap water in Mexico really make you sick?  It can.  On the other hand, we know people who brush their teeth and rinse with tap water, and even cook spaghetti with water from the faucet.  “Boiling kills all the germs” they say—but it doesn’t remove the lead and mercury.  And Mexican water often has rather high fecal counts.  So its better to eat cooked feces?

I’ll stick with the bottles, thank you!

Dan and Omar

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