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Message posted by Kelper on 06/10/2017 at 4:15pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Opensauce on 05/10/2017
So if somebody posted "I drank eau non potable & I was ok" would you drink it? Or would you take notice of the sign instead? It's a genuine question. What does UKCS think?



No ... I wouldn't.

Just because it didn't have an adverse effect on Person A has nothing to do with how it may affect Persons B to Z.

If it was labeled 'non potable', there was, presumably, a reason for it ... so why buck the recommendation? Unless you're, literally, dying of thirst.

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I wouldn't drink 'eau non potable' normally, no matter how many other people said it was safe! Just as I wouldn't ever drink water from the caravan aquaroll no matter how many people tell me that they drink it without any untoward effects.

We get fresh water from the campsite taps, into a glass bottle or jug, and we fill the kettle from the taps or (if it's raining) use the water in the jug to fill the kettle.

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We have a water filter jug from which to have drinking water and to fill the kettle. It is really to save the kettle furring up rather than for any "health" reason

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We start the holiday with a couple of 5 litre bottles from the supermarket, then refill them from the drinking water tap on site. I wouldn't drink non potable water.

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Quote: Originally posted by Opensauce on 05/10/2017
So if somebody posted "I drank eau non potable & I was ok" would you drink it? Or would you take notice of the sign instead? It's a genuine question. What does UKCS think?



I'd probably brush my teeth in it, and have done on French trains. I might take a quick sip or two if my mouth was dry. But I usually have my water bottle with me in the car when I travel.

Since I was very ill last year and my immune system got shot to pieces I'd be a lot more careful than I used to be in my 20s and 30s.

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Quote: Originally posted by franbee on 06/10/2017
We start the holiday with a couple of 5 litre bottles from the supermarket, then refill them from the drinking water tap on site. I wouldn't drink non potable water.



I'm always wary of plastic bottles ... but it is a good habit, if using them, to check the number in the triangle embossed on the base of the bottle. A number 1 means it's designed for single use only and not recommended for multiple use ... plastic does, gradually, get into the water/contents ... and is not great for the body.

Is why, like Val, we always use glass bottles for water use on site.

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We use the first bottle then refill it to use for the kettle and cooking. We keep the second bottle to refill our 'personal' mini bottles until it is all used, then use that second bottle for refilling. And we are only away 3 weeks at a time.


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