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Old 04-04-2018, 10:10 AM
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tap water is fine, goes in the dish, but anything I drink clark seems to need too, so he also has bottled water from the cap....and water from the tap.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:20 AM
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Re: Is tap water ok?

I live in the hardest water area in England and there's as far as I'm aware never been an issue for parrots

kettles on the other hand need replacing almost quarterly depending on how much they're used
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:25 AM
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Re: Is tap water ok?

also bear in mind some birds need to eat rocks (grit) to digest food like cockatiels...I don't think hard water is an issue.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:32 AM
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kettles on the other hand need replacing almost quarterly depending on how much they're used
That seems like a lot of money to waste replacing kettles! Why not get a stainless stovetop one that can simply be washed out and scrubbed with barkeepers friend to get deposits out (or whatever comparable product you have in the UK)? Much cheaper in the long run, even if you got a 'designer' one.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:40 AM
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Re: Is tap water ok?

I used to use tap water but am more cautious after springing two leaks in house pipe system. Long story short, very hard water combined with chlorine thins the copper piping causing pinholes or worse. House was built with the thinnest-walled piping per code at the time. Faced with the choice of re-piping, I decided to contract an epoxy-lining service that has, thus far, worked well. But I am concerned microscopic bits might leach into water over time. That the coating is "food grade" is not comforting!

So, I have a series of 5-gallon BPA-free jugs with spouts that are re-filled from a nearby "water store." Used for birds and human consumption! Somebody tell me I'm paranoid!!
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:43 AM
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Re: Is tap water ok?

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I used to use tap water but am more cautious after springing two leaks in house pipe system. Long story short, very hard water combined with chlorine thins the copper piping causing pinholes or worse. House was built with the thinnest-walled piping per code at the time. Faced with the choice of re-piping, I decided to contract an epoxy-lining service that has, thus far, worked well. But I am concerned microscopic bits might leach into water over time. That the coating is "food grade" is not comforting!

So, I have a series of 5-gallon BPA-free jugs with spouts that are re-filled from a nearby "water store." Used for birds and human consumption! Somebody tell me I'm paranoid!!
Are you one of the Californians ordering tap water from us up here in Oregon for $9/gallon

(No, I'm not even joking, this is apparently a thing LOL- California 'raw' water fans pay $9 a gallon for Oregon tap water | OregonLive.com).
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:49 AM
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I used to use tap water but am more cautious after springing two leaks in house pipe system. Long story short, very hard water combined with chlorine thins the copper piping causing pinholes or worse. House was built with the thinnest-walled piping per code at the time. Faced with the choice of re-piping, I decided to contract an epoxy-lining service that has, thus far, worked well. But I am concerned microscopic bits might leach into water over time. That the coating is "food grade" is not comforting!

So, I have a series of 5-gallon BPA-free jugs with spouts that are re-filled from a nearby "water store." Used for birds and human consumption! Somebody tell me I'm paranoid!!
Are you one of the Californians ordering tap water from us up here in Oregon for $9/gallon

(No, I'm not even joking, this is apparently a thing LOL- California 'raw' water fans pay $9 a gallon for Oregon tap water | OregonLive.com).
Oh, that is hilarious! I have no doubt some will happily pay $9/gal for plain old H2O! The water store has an elaborate reverse-osmosis system located behind a glass wall to view the hardware. Located in a high-traffic shopping center, the concept always amazed me until it seemed a logical alternative. Charge is .25/gal with an array of 10 spigots and 2 bottle-wash stations. They sell an array of storage devices, including glass. Also sell Alkaline Water for a huge surcharge. (our water is extremely hard with a noxious flavor, but I have little doubt it is essentially "safe.")
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:50 AM
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Scott's an airline pilot; he imports water from the glacial Alps for his birds......
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kettles on the other hand need replacing almost quarterly depending on how much they're used
That seems like a lot of money to waste replacing kettles! Why not get a stainless stovetop one that can simply be washed out and scrubbed with barkeepers friend to get deposits out (or whatever comparable product you have in the UK)? Much cheaper in the long run, even if you got a 'designer' one.
even those get destroyed fast by the limescale here, I have seen the cleaners but they're pretty expensive themselves! I recently got a water filter jug for an amazing price so hopefully that should end any limescale issues for me.
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Re: Is tap water ok?

The tap water here doesn't taste that great so I have one of those crystal springs coolers and they deliver the jugs of spring water. So that's what I give the bird too. I don't know what birds think, but if they're anything like me then I'm sure my bird prefers the spring water over the nasty tasting tap water. Although, I'm sure the tap water is safe, it just tastes like crap.

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