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Omega
4/7/2013 21:42 EST

Often discussed and often debated, here is the skinny:

http://www.cuencahighlife.com/post/2013/04/07/CUENCA-DIGEST3cbr3eCuenca-water-quality-received-high-marks-again.aspx

http://www.gringotree.com/cuenca/Qs-and-As/Qs-and-As.php?qs_and_as=103

mike2cu2
4/14/2013 12:36 EST

I discussed this topic with my world traveler boss. His recommendation is to drink bottled water, because the organisms that may not be harmful to an ecuadorian stomach are foreign to your system. So I will drink bottled water until I have the opportunity to have an extended stay in the country, if this helps anyone.

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DUNMOVN
4/14/2013 12:52 EST

Cuenca has the best water in South America. The water comes from the Andes and Cuenca has state of the art RO system. I have been drinking Cuenca tap water for 15 months with no problem. Don't waste your money on bottled water, and do not take advice from people who do not live here.

crowdpub
4/14/2013 16:14 EST

dunmovin do you have a source stating it is the best water in South America?

In 2006, there was a significant loan to Cuenca for water improvements and they have been certified.
http://latinamericacurrentevents.com/cuenca-ecuador-quality-of-drinking-water/27920/

DUNMOVN
4/14/2013 17:59 EST

It was posted on this forum within the past month or perhaps on the Gringo Tree

OceanHideaway
4/14/2013 23:50 EST

Dunmovin --

You are referring to the articles referenced above by Omega which actually reflect the findings written up in this article to the press:

http://www.eltiempo.com.ec/noticias-cuenca/98228-produccia-n-de-agua-potable-de-etapa-recibe-certificacia-n/

Since local bacteria does cause a danger to those with compromised or delicate immune systems -- it is always advised they drink bottled -- in fact carbonated - water when traveling. Why carbonated? The effect of carbonation on water has a strong antibacterial effect destroying enteric pathogens including salmonella, staph. vibrios. So drink up on the Guitig. And the Pilsner...

Susan

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peabody
4/15/2013 08:57 EST

Hey Oceanhideaway, Seems like maybe you would have learned that dumbmovn ain't interested in facts...he knows what he knows, and he basically knows nothing, just bs's his way around.

mike2cu2
4/15/2013 13:52 EST

you guys really go for the jugular :) I would hate to ruin my two week vacation with a constitutional disturbance, so for this trip, I will be drinking bottled water.

DUNMOVN
4/15/2013 14:08 EST

Before I moved to Cuenca, I did the same thing, but I have been drinking tap water for over one year with no ill effects. If you have a sensitive stomach that might be the way to go, you would not want to ruin your trip by having a religeous experience with the porcelain God.

Scorpio11
4/15/2013 22:34 EST

Carbonated water, or beverages, while primarily safe due to low pH ( acidic), will not entirely protect you from Montezuma's revenge.

1. If they are served in a glass ...... the glass WAS washed with.... tap water.
2. If you get glass cubes in your drink the cubes WERE made ...... with tap water
3. If you have even a few drops on the inside /outside of the glass it's enough to get diarrhea.
4. If the water is carbonated ad-hoc, with an improvised "local carbonation system" ( tap water again ) the time between carbonation and
you drinking it is not enough to have enteric pathogens killed
5. Bottled water could sometimes be bottled.... "tap water". No way of knowing !

However, no need to mentally have one's holiday ruined. :-))
If you are more Catholic than the Pope when it comes to drinking water, below are two links which provide the solution. Pretty cheap
and definitely effective.
Used personally the Life Straw.
Drank straight out oh the lakes and rivers. I'm still alive ! ( and better looking than ever ) :-)))

The Life Straw
http://www.mypatriotsupply.com/Articles.asp?ID=260&Click=47761

The UV Stick
http://www.steripen.com/

Helpful to "pre-filter" the water through a coffee filter, before using the "steripen".

If none of the above are available.....

You can get get from the pharmacy some "iodine tincture solution" ( 2 % ) and add 4-5 drops to 1 liter of suspect water. Sake well
and...... give it 30-40 minutes, ....... before you drink. Iodine will kill most, but..... NOT ALL MICROORGANISMS
You may not like the taste of iodine, yet........ life is a continuous trade off.
If you want to eliminate the taste of Iodine add 1/4 of a Vit C 500 mg ( or 2 x 50 mg tabs) shake well, and drink.

And in the end ...boil the water !
After all this things being said, .... I tend to trust Dunmovin in so far as the "local water" :-))) In Cuenca.

However keep in mind that sometimes differences in the mineralization between the water you are used to and water from other systems
could also cause mild, transitory, forms of "increased intestinal motility" ( the runs ).

The best solution (hundreds of years old )..... a knife tip of... "tannin powder". It will "dry" you in 20-30 minutes :-))

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I've seen it before on the forum, .....and I read it in this thread as well.........
To all those who change "Dunmovn" handle" to ... "Dumbmovn"........ it is difficult to describe in words how much of an imbecile,
the person makes him/herself appear.

You know how you are ! :-)))

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