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Drinking water

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Drinking water

I dont mean this to be a rude or insulting question but can we drink tap water in Sinapore, as most people know the tap water in Bali is poison. Thanks for any help.

Perth, Australia
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1. Re: Drinking water

G'day Perthbrian

Ive been to singapore several times. I just dont take the chance,so i drink only bottled water. Its cheap and there are plenty of delis around.

Its not just whether water has been treated or not that can give you an upset stomach. Its the different levels of chlorine, flouride etc.

I have never had problems with ice in my drinks.

Just in case also take immodium or something similar with you.


Howzat :-)

Singapore, Singapore
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2. Re: Drinking water

I understand your concern-I'm always careful with water when travelling to a foreign place.

Just thought you might like to know that it's standard practice for all households in Singapore to drink boiled tap water. Lots of us drink it off the tap too.

And believe it or not, it tastes almost as good as some of the premier bottled water (as featured in a recent local magazine taste test).

Really, Singapore has a very good standard of water. In fact we've established ourselves as one of the leading water treatment industries in the world.

So you'll be fine-and I'm being objective here!


Cambridge, United...
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3. Re: Drinking water

Singapore's tap water is fine to drink, IIRC it actually might even be a higher standard now than the mains water we have here in the UK which is all drinkable.

Singapore, Singapore
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4. Re: Drinking water

yup, we are able to drink water straight from the tap. However, most people will still boil their water before consumption. In fact, there are restaurants that dont bother and just served tap water with slices of lemon to customers. (free).

London, United...
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5. Re: Drinking water

Hi! Yes water is Singapore is very safe to drink, even from the tap

Singapore, Singapore
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6. Re: Drinking water

I think it's a very Chinese thing really, to drink boiled water. My parents do it all the time, but i drink from the tap. Definitely safe to drink.

Singapore, Singapore
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7. Re: Drinking water


Yes, tap water is potable, unlike the water in Bali, though I would not call it "poison". If so, that would be such an easy weapon for terrorists!

If I'm not mistaken, I also think that the Australian government is also trying to learn about Newater from the Singapore govt, as Down Under is always prone to droughts.

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8. Re: Drinking water

Yes you can drink water straight from the tap, did so for 14years whilst I was there.

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9. Re: Drinking water

Singapore tap water comply to WHO standard,very safe to drink.If in doubt suggest to boil it before drinking.

ABSOLUTELY very very safe.

Singapore, Singapore
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10. Re: Drinking water

SG water is of higher standard of those to UK.. I was in Uk and read about it from the press...

Rest assured, I have been drinking tap water even though my family members drink boiled water. In fact, jsut drank a cup just now. There is no need to even buy bottled water unless you have sensitive stomache...

Having said that, someone mentioned about even restaurants/hotels are serving tap water.. unless you specifically ask for boiled water, its likely to be tap water.

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