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.
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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