Can one drink the water in Paris … ?

This is a question I am asked every time I have someone staying with me from abroad. (Abroad like US or UK …) My answer is always, ‘of course, you can drink the water’. Right now Paris is suffering (suffering? I think so!) a heat wave and the concierges from Paris’ hotels must answer the […]

This is a question I am asked every time I have someone staying with me from abroad. (Abroad like US or UK …)

My answer is always, ‘of course, you can drink the water’.

Right now Paris is suffering (suffering? I think so!) a heat wave and the concierges from Paris’ hotels must answer the same question all the time.

Therefore, if you are planning a trip to Paris and you’ve typed ‘can I drink tap water in Paris?’ into a search engine and you’ve reached my blog, please know that yes yes yes yes you can drink the tap water in Paris and everywhere else in France too.

Once, about 50 years ago, our water had a problem yes, but today you won’t find a rat diving from the faucet, non.

France’s ministry of health and our equivalent of what will probably be the ‘water board’ if you live ‘abroad’, have just issued a statement that France’s water is safe. They say that our water undergoes a purity check 310,000 a year. And it is indeed ‘potable’.

But I must tell you that they’ve been forced to act on a claim made on a French TV channel – FR3 – that France’s water is full of pesticide and nitrates and that one will get cancer drinking it. The program Du Poison dans l’eau du robinet – Poison in the tap water – by Sophie le Gall, was aired in May.

So okay, knowing that now, I suppose you are going to decide that you won’t even clean your teeth using tap water when you are next in Paris. I won’t argue: there will certainly be a plastic bottle of Evian or Vittel in the mini-bar in your hotel room. Or you can always buy a bottle of Moet et Chandon at the wine merchant, Nicholas.

I will meanwhile continue to drink tap water …

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

3 Responses

7-11-2010 at 19:58:22

I do like your new blog page. Much easier to read.

Moet et Chandon for cleaning the teeth, I would be drinking it toothpaste and all.

7-12-2010 at 06:01:39

Thanks Jo. I am still working on it, but may decide to leave it as it is.

10-8-2010 at 08:11:24

[…] On the subject of the Demon Drink Marilyn also has much to say in posts like….  The Demon Drink, More about Drinking, There’s Gold in them  thar bottles and, rather disturbingly (to my liver, at least!),  Can one drink the water in Paris? […]

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