It’s often the first question on Brits’ lips when they go abroad: “Can you drink the tap water?”
And while many people err on the side of caution, buying pricey bottled water every day, the majority of European countries’ H2O is perfectly fine to swig straight out of the faucet.
The places in Europe where the drinking water is safe to quaff with abandon include:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Vatican City.
However, there are some countries where you should watch your step if you don’t want to spend your holiday on the toilet.
One of the most common causes of sickness while Travelling abroad is drinking contaminated tap water.
Common conditions that can arise from exposure to unsafe water include diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera.
Citybase Apartments produced a handy guide detailing where you can and can’t drink the tap water in Europe and Central Asia.
Based on official guidelines for international tourists, it emphasises that countries where visitors are advised to stick to the bottled stuff don’t actually have “dirty” water.
Instead, it’s largely due to the fact that tap water may have a different mineral content, which tourists aren’t used to.
However, tap water in these countries is perfectly safe for locals to drink.
It’s worth remembering as a tourist that it’s not just through drinking that one can be exposed to unsafe water.
Brushing your teeth, getting water in your mouth in the shower and eating salad or fruit washed in tap water could also have an effect.
18 countries where you shouldn’t drink the water
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Source : EXPRESS