Is it something in the water?
January 25, 2011 2:12 PM Subscribe
Why shouldn't I drink the water from the taps in my new dorm room? I just moved into a residence hall in London, and the residence hall info packet instructed us to drink water from the kitchen taps only, not the taps for the sinks in our bedrooms. What's the deal?
posted by MadamM to health & fitness (23 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've been drinking the water for three weeks and so far, so good, but what, if anything, am I risking here? The residence hall is in Camden, on Camden Road. My first thought was some sort of problem with the material the water pipes are made of, but the building was built in the 70s and the kitchen water is fine (it's just down the hall) so I figure the pipes in the building and below are probably safe. This water is also apparently fine for brushing my teeth and stuff, so why not drinking?
I've also seen instructions not to drink water from the taps in the public restrooms at the British Library- is this maybe some kind of British regulatory requirement, that water in bathrooms can't be advertised as drinking water or something? I've never seen a similar instruction in the US, FWIW.
I realize this is sort of a silly question, but I'm sitting here drinking the sink water and kind of wondering if I'm somehow doing something harmful. The other people I know in the hall mostly drink the sink water, but they also said they know they aren't supposed to.