The Philippines has water all around it, but unfortunately its all sea water. Most of us have been very use to turning on the tap and out comes flowing clean water.Most of us too have been used to water being drinkable from the tap too. This is just not the case in the Philippines at all.
I have lived in many places around the Philippines and water and water pressure is something that comes up many times a s a problem fro expats. So, imagine you have a family who cannot get a shower or a bath. There is no water for the toilet and no water to clean anything. Imagine being unable to water your plants.
So, it is vital when you are looking at land to build a home in the Philippines that you take time to look at the water supply. Make sure, it is even possible to get water onto the land and there are no physical or legal obstructions of having running water. Do not assume anything is a right in the Philippines.
This happened to me.
Getting up in the morning turning on the tap and drinking the water is something in most western countries we really take for granted. Just as we use the same water for cleaning produce like meat and salads. It is just the norm right?
In the Philippines please be aware that that is not the case. There are places that have so called “safe water” to drink, but even then the standards of purification may not be the same as most foreigners are use too.
I spent a long time in Davao and the water is supposed to be amongst the safest as it comes direct from Mount Apo. I stayed in a place that gave that water from the tap fresh and it was a delight to drink. But after a few weeks I noticed I was starting to get ill and I could not understand why.
After a few weeks the landlady asked me if I was OK and I told her that I kept becoming sick. I said at least it is not the water. She replied of course not the water is the best in the Philippines.
She then told me that when the city water pressure was too low she would switch to her own water well. This of course was not fit to drink! I asked her how often this would be the case. EVERYDAY she replied.
Take nothing for granted and ask questions or washing your salad could lead to a few hours sitting in the smallest room in the house.