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Drinking water in SP? Gringo question

Posted By: james and rina

Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/19/10 05:34 PM

We are already in San Pedro 20 hrs and having a great time after a red eye flight and looking forward to another 9 nights.
How is the tap water in SP? Drinking, coffee, brushing teeth ect?
We will thank you in advance James and Rina.
Posted By: swanno

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/19/10 06:00 PM

Use bottled water for drinking, coffee etc. Local water is fine for brushing teeth.
Belikin is also good for drinking!!
Enjoy your stay
Posted By: seashell

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/19/10 09:34 PM

I quit brushing my teeth with tap water, though I did it for years. No real ill effects, but things tightened up a bit, if you know what I mean.
Posted By: Phil

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/19/10 10:45 PM

Here or at home?
Posted By: Lollie

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/20/10 02:55 AM

what about ice? I can't wait to have pina coladas and margaritas....but also am hesitant. Are the ice cubes filtered?
Posted By: sweetjane

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/20/10 03:21 AM

relax, you'll be fine. just don't drink the tap water.
Posted By: CaptOneIron

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/20/10 03:50 AM

Come on folks don't play with this "gringo". Virtually all the water on San Pedro comes from reverse osmosis sources (yes there are some wells but generally the water - even the bottled water is from RO). So, although sometimes it can taste flat and may have been combined with rain water via a cistern system it should be OK. I have never heard of anyone having trouble because of the ice either which is made from the same water.
Posted By: collyk

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/20/10 04:58 AM

CaptOneIron, 'city water', which is indeed produced by reverse osmosis, is very well produced and extremely clean when it leaves the water plant (privately owned). In fact I understand the water they produce way exceeds WHO standards. They cannot though guarantee the quality of the water when it comes out of your taps because this depends on the maintenance of BWSL (Belize Water Services Limited)and the standards to which they maintain the pipes.
Posted By: seashell

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/20/10 10:02 AM

Exactly colly.

And yes, Phil, I meant in San Pedro.
Posted By: sweetjane

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/20/10 12:17 PM

right-e-o. i know much of the water is drinkable. but as a fellow gringa tourista, i responded as i did because: i although i know locals & residents can and know what to do, where its ok to do it, and where it may not be. a first or 2nd time visitor does not. if you tell them its fine & by chance it isnt, well...so, to avoid any backlash (CYA), cuz there *surely* is a chance a 1st time visitor will get some belly distress of some sort, i always give the 'better safe than sorry' answer. being overly careful on one's first trip can't hurt. being overly reckless thinking everything is ok, well... (please dont bash me, just my opinion)
Posted By: Gaz Cooper

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/20/10 01:24 PM

An Important note for divers regarding water

Its is well known divers need to keep themselves hydrated to avoid the possibility of getting DCS or the bends when diving.

A diver is supposed to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day while diving (more in tropical climate) and this brings up an interestng point about the drinking water on the island.

The water is reverse osmosis which means its basically sea water with the salt taken out and it contains absolutely nothing, no minerals no salts no electrolites, it contains nothing.

So basically its useless for a diver who needs to rehydrate so a diver should be aware of that and take additional fluids in in the form of Gatorade or those electrolye powders you can buy from the pharmacy that can be mixed with the oscmosis water to provide you with the needed minerals salts and electolites.

Gaz
Posted By: CaptOneIron

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/20/10 01:54 PM

Folks I wasn't bashing anyone but rather giving my experience with the water. I would of course always carefully wash any fresh produce and cook it and peel fresh fruit after washing it. I am sure there is always a chance you could get some bug (especially if you start drinking from mud puddles) but I have been there many times and never had a problem at all.

So, if I offended anyone, I do apologize. Otherwise come on down - the water's fine!
Posted By: sweetjane

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/20/10 02:18 PM

LOL s'ok smile the bashing comment was a general one, not directed at you. no offense inferred at all. like you i rarely get ill there - but i mostly drink bottled water. i just wanted to make the point that when responding to a NEW visitor to the island, who may not be as seasoned, i think its better to take the safer approach. gotta admit, there were one or two places i've stayed on AC where i wouldn't chance it.
Posted By: CaptOneIron

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/20/10 03:56 PM

Well, I have to admit that I have my own house there and we have both a cistern under the house as well as our RO plant and we monitor the water quality very carefully. Still, you are probably right about discretion being the better part of valor.
Posted By: seashell

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/21/10 07:52 AM

Not to mention that different people have different physical tolerances and so no one person can answer for every other person. Even at home, two people or more, can eat the same thing, one may become deathly ill, another mildly sick and another barely notice the effects.
Posted By: ScubaLdy

Re: Drinking water in SP? Gringo question - 03/21/10 09:39 PM

BOWEN & BOWEN THANK YOU ALL.
Gaz has some very good points. I use tap water for everything except guests drinking. Coffee, ice cubes, cooking, etc. all comes from the tap. I draw from the hot water tap as that adds an extra filtration. So first it is filter at our holding tank, then my hot water tank. It tastes just fine and no one has ever gotten sick.

If you think you will you probably will.
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