We live in the city of Stuttgart, if it matters.
If anyone could shed some light on WHY, I'd love to hear it, because it just baffles me and has ever since I got here.
Like PP said, it's very heavily controlled etc.
Some reports actually suggest it's healthier than bottled water, even, and of course a lot friendlier to the environment than bottles... and waaaaay cheaper.
There can sometimes be a taste/smell of chlorine to it, especially in summer (I read this tip somewhere - actually i've never really noticed a chlorine taste myself), but if you just for example put water in a jug, and leave it for a few hours (in the fridge if you want), any trace of chlorine will evaporate and the water should be taste-less.
Marijke Rose, I don't know what to tell you I dont like carbonated drinks myself so yeah... I don't know what the carbonated Iced Tea is about, it's sold here too. Carbonated tea. weird.
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No I'm pretty sure they don't fluoridate here, and at least here in Köln it is not chlorinated. I drink the water. We have a Brita filter, which I use most of the time but to be honest I'm not even convinced I need to. My DH found somewhere online a report from the city about how much of certain metals and other substances are in the water here, but it was incomprehensible to me as the info I have about safe levels is in English and uses different Measurements.
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Using the Brita filter mainly gets rid of the limescale, and boy, does Cologne have limescale in the water!
Mind you, limescale doesn't interfere with the taste and it's neutral health-wise, but if you like tea (like I do), it'll kinda float on top in splotches, which looks funny.