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Water flowing from a bridge in Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe first thing people will say when you tell them you're going to Mexico is “Don’t drink the water”.  I think it is important to be careful but the officials I have talked to and several reports that I have read indicate that the water systems in major cities in Mexico can now be compared with US water systems. The SEAPAL water treatment plant in Puerto Vallarta has passed International Water Quality testing for well over 12 years.

I don’t know if I like the comparing the water here with US water standards.  Today, I read another news article about lead poisoning from the water system in Flint, Michigan.  As a real estate consultant, I was always aware of problems. I have read many articles about water quality over the years. So even if we hate to admit it, the US has its share of water quality problems.

Here in Mexico, the biggest problem you will face if you drink the water is that the normal bacteria are different from the normal bacteria in your system from back in the US or Canada. If you drink the tap water, you may or may not get sick. It just depends on your own individual system.  If you are very sensitive you may have problems even without drinking the water.

Brushing your teeth and washing your face and hands may introduce you to some of those nasty bacteria.  You may get some strange bacteria from ice cubes, The water used to rinse your glasses and plates and the water for washing fruits and vegetables is another possible source of contamination.

I’ll admit, I have not worried about the water myself and have had water straight from the tap in many resort communities and many of the larger cities.  

Currently in Tijuana, we use the large 5-gallon water bottles (garrafóns). A refill normally costs 8 pesos (about 50 cents)   Although we use it for drinking, we wash the vegetables and fruits in tap water.

In the last five years, and all over Mexico, the only time my stomach has been even a tiny bit upset was one time ,and it was a few days after I returned to the US.


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You will get clean water to your home in Mexico with no problem. In some places, water from the government could be potable, but it is not recommended to drink tap water in Mexico, especially for foreigners because you are never certain of the real quality of water if it is safe to drink.
 
People usually use special water filters or buy drinking water in 20-liter (5.28 gallons) "garrafóns" (jugs or water containers) from commercial sources. 
Yvon Marier of Travel  Info Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Teacapan nature preserve south of Mazatlan, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI have never had any problem with the drinking water in Mazatlán, even when I drink water directly from the faucet at home. Mind you, a lot of people don’t like drinking tap water here in Mexico and would rather have bottled water.  If I go out of Mazatlán, I would think twice about drinking tap water.
 
What my family and I go out to the countryside to a restaurant, we don’t have any issues ordering a glass of water with ice. We would think, “Why would a restaurant ruin its reputation for a glass of water?” We think restaurants make sure they give good water and ice, because otherwise they risk ruining their reputation.
 
(Teacapan nature preserve near Mazatlan, Mexico,pictured.)
John Venator of Casa de los Venados – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Cortes and Montezuma – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe big worry that people have here is always the water because they always worry that somehow they are going to get diarrhea (“Montezuma’s Revenge”). Any place you go here in Mexico, such as hotels and restaurants, they use the big bottles of purified water that are turned upside down on water dispensers and that is where they get ice and drinking water.
 
When you go to some of the villages around here, for example one that we visit because it is a wonderful, old, historic city, their main means of transportation is horse-drawn carriages. We like to take people there to see that little town, riding in horse-drawn carriages, and have lunch. There are several places in that particular town where we would be a little more concerned about the water.
 
Here in Valladolid (where I live, half way between Cancun and Merida), any restaurant we go to serves purified water, so I don’t mind drinking bottled water because I know that the water that they serve me in a glass with ice cubes has been made from their “garrafon,” which is a 5-gallon plastic container that they use to hold purified water.
 
(Spaniard Cortes and Aztecan Montezuma, pictured.)

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