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Tap Water.

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So I've seen a horrifying story on a piggy Facebook site recently, regarding tap water and chlorine poisoning. This poor lady has lost 5 of her 7 piggies already.

Basically what happened was water companies occasionally flush pipes with extra chlorine if there's a blockage etc so there was high amounts in the water. From what I've read this happens all around the world and nobody is told when it happenes. It's quite scary to think I could lose all 5 of my babies due to water.

Does anyone use filtered water for their pigs or know of ways to get around this issue? I don't collect rain water of those kind of things so I'd probably need to treat tap water and I think it might be too expensive to buy bottled lol.
 
I use a Britta filter jug. I was advised to filter my own water as I suffer from kidney stones. The piggys share my filtered water.
When I lived in Dorset the chlorine always smelt very strong first thing in the morning and we used to run some water away before using it.
 
I use a Britta filter jug. I was advised to filter my own water as I suffer from kidney stones. The piggys share my filtered water.
When I lived in Dorset the chlorine always smelt very strong first thing in the morning and we used to run some water away before using it.

What one do you use? I think it'd be an idea for me to get one but I'm a bit lost!
 
I also have a Brita filter jug which I use for all the pets (and humans!). I got mine for £10 from Lidl but Argos sell it for £12 I think.
 
I've got the Maxtra, it was a gift so I didn't get to choose. The cartridges are more expensive so I think I would have gone for the ordinary one, they seem to remove the same chemicals. I often buy own brand cartridges they fit the Brita jug (Boots or Wilco), when I get down to one or two cartridges in the drawer I start watching for them to go on offer which they do quite often.
 
That's awesome thanks guys. I didn't realise the importance of filtering water so I'm definitely going to get one.

Do you need to wait an amount of time for it to be filtered out?
 
Mines also the Maxtra but I get the cartridges cheap on eBay. You just fill the jug and it takes about 5 mins for it to drain through the filter and is then ready to use. It only filters 1.4 litres at a time so can be a pain if you want a large amount but for piggy water bottles it's fine.

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Fab thanks! Might be a pain for me as I have a lot of water bottles haha but 5 mins isn't too bad :)
 
is there any evidence for this story you saw on facebook? I've never heard of such a thing happening and all information available online suggests tap water is safe for people - but obviously there is less information available for its suitability for guinea pigs.
 
is there any evidence for this story you saw on facebook? I've never heard of such a thing happening and all information available online suggests tap water is safe for people - but obviously there is less information available for its suitability for guinea pigs.

I don't know what you mean about evidence, but it was confirmed by her vet and the water board in her area. The vet suggested chlorine poisoning so she called the water board who confirmed they had flushed with concentrated chlorine.

Apparently those levels would be safe for humans after flushing with extra chemicals but not for small animals. Dogs and cats have also died from it.

I don't know the likelihood of that happening where I live but I'm not going to take that chance. I know someone who works for a water company so might pick his brains on the matter if I get a chance.
 
Tap water contains minerals including calcium which is not good for guinea pigs who are prone to kidney/bladder problems, particularly in hard water areas. I was advised by a renal specialist not to drink unfiltered tap water.
 
I'm using the filter because we have very hard tap water. Just thought that if I filter my water, might as well give all the pets filtered water as well :)
 
I live in a ridiculously hard water area. Even I would not drink water from the faucet, so neither do the pets. I've never even tried it but I can guess it tastes vile straight from the pipes.
 
I use filtered water for my piggies after advice on here as it doesn't go green with algae so quickly. As mine are outside piggies this is important to me. I do change and wash the bottles frequently and they get sterilised in Milton once a month. I drink filtered water too.
 
I don't know what you mean about evidence, but it was confirmed by her vet and the water board in her area. The vet suggested chlorine poisoning so she called the water board who confirmed they had flushed with concentrated chlorine.

Apparently those levels would be safe for humans after flushing with extra chemicals but not for small animals. Dogs and cats have also died from it.

I don't know the likelihood of that happening where I live but I'm not going to take that chance. I know someone who works for a water company so might pick his brains on the matter if I get a chance.


That's interesting - with the waterboard and vet confirming suspicions. I think I shall begin filtering my boys' water since it does seem to pose a risk.
Thanks :)
 
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