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Water quality in Panajachel

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MissoulaRob
5/24/2019 20:40 EST

There's tons of information out there about the quality of water in Lake Atitlan, but how about the residential water? We are on our third house since moving to GT in December. Before we move in, I need to know if the water is safe to bathe in and use to wash dishes. The new landlord says we'll be ok if we dry the dishes real well. That doesn't sound like we're removing even close to all of the microbes living in the water. The current house we're in has a well, but the noise is intolerable. The first house we rented over the internet (mistake) and was missing living room windows among other normal things. Since I've had dysentery twice in the last month, I wonder if we're getting into a bad situation again. Anybody got any advice or experience on water quality in Panajachcel?

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FrancescaW
5/25/2019 00:26 EST

So sorry to hear of your health issues. Unfortunately there is not one answer to your question and every house is different! But the water from the taps/faucets is not drinkable.
Some water is from the Muni, and even Muni water comes from different sources depending on where you are. Some have their own wells, some pump from the Lake!
Bathing in any water should be fine, don't brush your teeth. Washing dishes is fine too. Try and get a house with hot water in the sink. Most houses don't.
I brush my teeth, and have been here well over 10 years and never had issues from the water. Most likely issues you have had are from badly prepared food.
Use agua salvavidas or an eco filter for drinking and all cooking.
This time of year can be the worst unfortunately as mud gets into water from rains.
Try taking grapefruit seed extract as a preventative.
Jacaranda tea helps with stomach issues.
Good luck

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FrancescaW
5/25/2019 00:26 EST

So sorry to hear of your health issues. Unfortunately there is not one answer to your question and every house is different! But the water from the taps/faucets is not drinkable.
Some water is from the Muni, and even Muni water comes from different sources depending on where you are. Some have their own wells, some pump from the Lake!
Bathing in any water should be fine, don't brush your teeth. Washing dishes is fine too. Try and get a house with hot water in the sink. Most houses don't.
I brush my teeth, and have been here well over 10 years and never had issues from the water. Most likely issues you have had are from badly prepared food.
Use agua salvavidas or an eco filter for drinking and all cooking.
This time of year can be the worst unfortunately as mud gets into water from rains.
Try taking grapefruit seed extract as a preventative.
Jacaranda tea helps with stomach issues.
Good luck

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armandatitlan
6/1/2019 12:32 EST

Also I would like to recommend you to do a water analysis it costs between Q 200 - Q 450 and it will give you a good idea of what you dealing with. I use Atit'Lab at the end of calle Santander to the left. Pretty good ready with lots of info

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pmd2000
6/6/2019 12:01 EST

I was just wondering - do you become accustom to the local water over time? If we stayed there 3 months would that be enough time?

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bajasur
6/6/2019 14:46 EST

Not Pana but when I moved to Antigua 8 years ago I used bottled water for a year then went to tap water and have no problems at all. Again not Pana.

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FrancescaW
6/6/2019 15:12 EST

Of course nowhere in Guatemala can you drink water from the taps unless you know the house has a filtration system.
As to washing dishes, using water to cook and just showering, depends where you are and where the water comes from? Well, muni or Lake! AND depends on your constitution. Personally never had a problem in over 20 years! Everyone is different. But yes with time you will become more accustomed...you should!
Again, if doubts, as suggested above, have the houses water tested. Good Luck

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