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Burma forum

Drinking water

Posted by FFfietsen on 31/8/2019 at 15:37

Hi, last year i travelled Myanmar for 14 days. I did a foodtour in Yangon and our guide explained that authorities provide clean drinkingwater throughout the country. Often found on large containers, allthough sometimes in claypots.
Next februar we will return to Myanmar by bicycle.

My question. Is this provided water save to drink. Don't mind paying to buy water, but don't want to buy plastic bottles if i can avoid.

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 1/9/2019 at 11:15

Hi. I noticed the clay pots of drinking water when i was in Yangon a few years ago, but I don't remember seeing them everywhere in the country, so they may not be very common outside some cities. But regardless of how common they are, i still wouldn't trust them.

How can you be certain the water a) started clean enough, and b) stayed clean enough? In Yangon, I saw plenty of locals dipping the attached cup in, having a drink, then leaving the cup for the next person to use. That seems to me to be a good way to share communicable diseases.

So if you don't want to buy bottled water all the time, you may be able to find reverse osmosis machines where you can refill your bottles, but apart from refill stations, your other option is treating water to make it clean (boiling / chemical / barrier filtration / combination of these / etc.)

Enjoy your trip

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Posted by koolaukid on 19/9/2019 at 11:13

Consider something like a Steripen or a Grayl water filter. I've used a Steripen for quite a while traveling with absolutely zero problems.

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