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Intro - How to Be Tap Water Safe

Taj Bates

A few years ago, I visited friends in Mexico and was delighted to find a water dispenser unit in their kitchen.

You know, the one with a 5-gallon (18.9 l) jug of pure water that is oft delivered by a man wearing a crisp, blue uniform.

Towards the end of my stay, I saw one of my friends filling the jug with tap water and my face went green with despair.

I had unwittingly been drinking tap water in a country where the term Montezuma’s Revenge (a.k.a., traveller’s diarrhea) originated. Suffice it to say, I ended up having crappy diarrhea (pun intended) on the plane ride home and for days thereafter.

But it could have been so much worse . . . as in typhoid fever worse.

Being water wise and diligent is one of the key ways to stay perfectly healthy during your travels. Here are 4 water questions you should ask yourself early on in the trip planning process.