Why can you not drink tap water in Spain?

In terms of safety, the tap water in Spain is perfectly drinkable. However, as mentioned previously, depending on the area in which you reside, your tap water may have a certain odour and/or taste. This can be due to the higher levels of chlorine, sediment and minerals that it contains.

Why can’t Spain drink tap water?

Yes, at least 99.5% of all public tap water in Spain is safe to drink according to international water quality standards. But there are issues such as taste, odor chlorine by-products, microplastics and local pipe contaminants.

What is wrong with Spanish water?

Spain’s water problem

There are believed to be a million illegal boreholes in Spain, used to irrigate agricultural zones. The country’s water crisis and illegal water extraction is having fatal consequences, not only for the environment.

Why is tap water not safe to drink?

Chlorine is deliberately added to the US water supply to kill germs and pathogens, but when it mixes with other organic compounds it can create a few harmful byproducts. One of these byproducts, a group of chemicals known as trihalomethanes (THMs), has been linked to kidney problems and increased cancer risk.

Is tap water safe to drink in Barcelona?

Tap water is as healthy as bottled water

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Aigües de Barcelona is currently responsible for delivering clean drinking water all the way from the rivers to your glass and performs daily quality tests based on the EU Drinking Water Directive (98/83/EC).

Is Spain in drought?

Spain suffers it worst drought in 70 years. The Catalonia region, home to Barcelona, is the worst-hit, with reservoirs just 20.1 percent full.

Where does Spain get its water?

According to the National Statistical Institute of Spain: 63% of the water supply comes from surface water, 33% from groundwater and 4% from other sources, as desalination plants. But according to ASOAGA: 74% of the water supply comes from surface water, 19% from groundwater and 7% from other sources.

How is Spain affected by climate change?

“In the south of Spain, it appears that periods of less rain are getting longer, so Spain is in a vulnerable area for climate change and it is warming up faster than the rest of the planet,” he explained, stressing that the average temperature in the country has risen by 0.3 degrees in every decade since the 1960s.

Does boiling tap water remove chlorine?

Yes, boiling water for 15 minutes is one way to release all the chlorine from tap water. At room temperature, chlorine gas weighs less than air and will naturally evaporate off without boiling. Heating up water to a boil will speed up the chlorine removal process.

What are the bad things in tap water?

The drinking water contaminants that can have chronic effects include chemicals (such as disinfection byproducts, solvents and pesticides), radionuclides (such as radium), and minerals (such as arsenic).

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