Water is something that most people don’t consider when traveling abroad. Nevertheless, drinking unsafe water can give you diseases. Can you drink the tap water in the Czech Republic without being worried about your health?
Potable water also referred to as drinking water, is defined as water safe enough for drinking and food preparation, according to Wikipedia. The European Commission takes potable water seriously. The European Citizens’ Initiative states that: Water and sanitation are a human right! Water is a public good, not a commodity!
It’s not just drinking the bad quality water that could be unsafe – even brushing your teeth or accidentally gurgling a mouthful in the shower could leave you feeling ill. Therefore, checking your water is an important thing to do, especially for infants and young children, or pregnant women.
Regarding the National Institute of Public Health, in 2017, drinking water from the public water supply systems was available to 94.7 % of the Czech population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), water standards in the Czech Republic are similar to those in the United States. Most people do not need to take special water precautions beyond what they normally do at home country. However, when visiting rural or remote areas that are served by unregulated water sources such as private wells should take special precautions to ensure the safety of their drinking water.
Consumer Confidence Report
The City of Prague publish a Consumer Confidence Report every year to keep people informed about the water quality and services they’ve delivered to people over a one-year period. The purpose of this report is to provide people with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water.
According to the report in 2018, all drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The analysis of contamination susceptibility of the source water has been done and it showed that the water’s susceptibility to contamination is low. It’s good to keep in mind that the presence of these contaminants does not necessarily pose a health risk. For more information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
Some people may be vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants, or pregnant women can be particularly at risk from infections. It’s advice by the authority that these people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
The report points out that, the elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The City of Prague is responsible for providing high-quality drinking water but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.
How to test your water?
If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.
Vodatest.cz also provide accredited analyzes of water across the Czech Republic. Samples for water abstraction and subsequent analysis are provided in 44 branches all over the Czech Republic. Possibility of express evaluation of samples within 1-3 working days. Or if you wish to test the water yourself at home, you can try and look for some water quality test kit.
Generally, tap water in the Czech Republic is drinkable. For further information about your home water quality, you should have it checked with reliable laboratories. Your health is the most priority and you should be aware of the quality of the water you’re using every day!
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