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View Poll Results: What water do you use?
Straight from the tap! 14 24.56%
Bottled water 25 43.86%
Tap water boiled and cooled or purified by some other method 18 31.58%
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:12 AM United States
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I am curious what everyone uses for their water source. I know a lot of people use bottled water. Thoughts? Is there a reason for using bottled water besides concern of loose stool from possible bacteria in tap water?
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:18 PM United States
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All of my animals drink what I drink. Our refrigerator is set up with a PUR water filtered system and the faucet in the finished basement where my chinchillas are kept is set up with a PUR faucet water filter (activated carbon microfilter removes 99% of lead and microbial cysts (including giardia), along with various other contaminants).
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:18 PM United States
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All of my animals drink bottled water, as do I. I refuse to take a chance on loose stool or bacteria.
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:19 PM United States
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Is lead or hard water bad for chins? I completely understand using bottled water or a water purifier for bacterial contamination, but I did not know about water hardness.
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:20 PM United States
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Sorry I mean obviously lead is bad for chins! But what about water hardness?
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:01 PM United States
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Considering I only have the one chinchilla, it's a total non-issue to just buy a 68 cent gallon of distilled water every month or so. I can see that getting expensive for people with huge herds though.
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:54 AM United States
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What makes the water hard is the presence of minerals in the water. You do not want to use distilled water (which is as soft as it gets) because it will actually leach out the minerals from the chinchilla's body. We used to have an RO system that we used for chinchilla water but we don;t have that in our new home so we filter the water through a Pur filter.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:54 AM United States
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I use reverse osmosis bottled. Never had a problem!
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:12 PM Canada
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Most bottled stuff is basically tap water that's been shipped really far. Its a horrid industry that I really can't get behind for any reason. I use what I can for the moment, which is a Brita filter, but when I'm living in my own space I'd like to invest in a better one. I'm also leery of RO since its basically a different way to create the same final product as distilled water, which everyone says is bad. If I had an RO or distillation system I'd have to make sure it was one that remineralized the water... but who knows if I'll ever be able to go full RO, haha. ROs apparently waste a lot of water, too, so I dunno. If I can afford it one day that's what I'll do, until then I just filter as much as I can.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:51 PM United States
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I take my chances and give them what they like, bottled alhambra water. I will deal with whatever comes my way, but I want them to drink as much as they want because it tastes good, not just drink enough to satisfy thirst. Going from RO to alhambra has increased their water consumption in each chin by over a 1/3.
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