Can your System Adjust to the Indian Water?

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#1 Mar 16th, 2015, 20:52
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I met a German man (now living in northern India) at a wedding in Jaipur Rajasthan. He told me that over time your system can gradually become accustomed to the Indian water. In contrast, some of my Indian friends claim they never drink tap water.

Is this possible or is it a wishful myth?
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Originally Posted by WildernessDevil View Post I met a German man (now living in northern India) at a wedding in Jaipur Rajasthan. He told me that over time your system can gradually become accustomed to the Indian water. In contrast, some of my Indian friends claim they never drink tap water.

Is this possible or is it a wishful myth?
not a doc but diseased water is diseased irrespective of conditioning. im canadian by naturalization but got hepatitis from india when i was 3 presumably from the drinking water. however, i have lifelong immunity from hepatitis now
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When you go to a cheap cafe/restaurant, or get a masala dosa from a dirt cheap place, do you drink the water that always comes with whatever you order?

When entering someone's home, do you drink the water that's offered to you?

I do all the time and I've never become ill afterwards.

Some middle class Indians will tell you never to drink the water, don't take Ice with a drink, don't drink chai from a street chai wallah, they'll also tell you never to travel in Sleeper Class on the trains, never to go out alone, never to get a shave on the street, never to eat at a shack, I could go on, I feel all these types of 'dangers' are extremely blown out of proportion.

If I were to follow those rules, I wouldn't bother coming to India.
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WildernessDevil, for one who objects to "generalisations," you don't seem to mind making them!

There is no such thing as "Indian Water."

There are places where the chlorinated water supply is as good as any in Europe. There are places where local-authority treated water has become contaminated with sewage by the time it reaches your house.

There are restaurants that serve water that is filtered/RO-treated as good as any bottle that they they sell you as an alternative. There are restaurants that have such equipment, badly serviced, which probably adds more microbes than it removes.

A lot of water comes from bore wells. Two houses in the same street: one may be contaminated, one may be ok.

There is no such thing as Indian Water.

We have a filter between the underground sump into which the mains water is fed and the roof tank that supplies the house. Nobody who saw it when it gets changed would want to drink the water straight from our own taps, and we certainly do not.

As to immunity: my theory is that we become immune to our own local minor nasties. We won't be immune to a new bug on the block, and one never gets immune to the big nasties.
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So everything he said must be true!
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While Hep C can be carried for some time by a host, the fact that the host displays no symptoms does not preclude them from being a carrier, and possible transmitter. Hep C is also not the only water-borne worry. And often a carrier will not show symptoms (if they ever do) for some time.

I've danced with this issue during all my trips to India. I have at times drunk from faucets, once drank from a white plastic pipe, water coming from 'somewhere', certainly shared water in Indian homes, but most often buy water (the source of which I do not know . . . there's just something - at least placebo-ly - about bottled water ).

I agree with steven, many of the "Don't-Do's" in India (particularly regarding food and water), I've done. It might be that I come from a medical family, might be that I spend most of my India time in Varanasi - and live very close to the river . . . but water is something that I am mindful of more than any other.
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Thsi must have been Hep A (or common and garden jaundice). Hep C is only transmitted through blood-to-blood contact (needle-sharing, contaminated surgical equipment, transfusions etc.). And as far as I am informed, a successfully treated Hep C infection doesn't guarantee lifelong immunity (as in the case of Hep A and B).
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Since when is it not called " Indian Water"? How am I suppose to reference Indian water from a faucet? I mean really?
Yes, filtered water in some homes, temples and gurdwaras seemed to be just fine. I am looking ahead at my next extended stay over there and may not be so lucky to have a filtration system. I was merely questioning if one's system could adjust to it.
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Since when is it not called " Indian Water"? How am I suppose to reference Indian water from a faucet? I mean really?
Name the city. What district? Give us the post code. What is the village? Which street? Which house? Did you really read my post?
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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post Thsi must have been Hep A (or common and garden jaundice). Hep C is only transmitted through blood-to-blood contact (needle-sharing, contaminated surgical equipment, transfusions etc.). And as far as I am informed, a successfully treated Hep C infection doesn't guarantee lifelong immunity (as in the case of Hep A and B).
yes i had water borne Hep A which gives me immunity to that not Hep C
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Originally Posted by WildernessDevil View Post I was merely questioning if one's system could adjust to it.

I doubt anyone's system could "adjust" to any parasites in the water.

You live in Canada -- I know people who got nasty giardia infestations from drinking crystal clear lake water in Canada on a camping trip.
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Thank you for educating me Sama, about giardia infestations ... that is one nasty condition. I won't even attempt to adjust to the Indian tap water after Google searching about this parasite.
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Yes, you have got some good answers.

I will tell you what I do while traveling.

I never eat anything that is not boiled/cooked, like Curd-Rice, Chutney etc. I also never drink cold water.

I always eat boiled/cooked food like Rice+Curd, Sambar, Rice, Idli, Meals, Roti, Dal and so on and so forth. I also drink boiled water.

And I always carry a 'Aquaguard On The Go' water bottle. I have found it to be more convenient, safe, cost effective and eco friendly.
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Originally Posted by WildernessDevil View Post I won't even attempt to adjust to the Indian tap water after Google searching about this parasite.
why risk it? friends here in Varkala get a 20 liter jug of bottled water for 70 rs and use it in a stand that looks like a water cooler so for 70 rs, why not?
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Agreed Sama, just not worth risking your health.... thanks much!
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