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Most people assume that bottled water is safer than tap water, especially in Ukraine. While that is generally the case, the water from the office cooler is not as pure as many think. In fact, experts say many brands can eventually pose harm to a person’s health.

The Kyiv Post discovered that only four out of the 14 biggest bottled water brands in Kyiv met all sanitary rules and norms set for the quality of drinking water. They are Etalon, Alaska, Zhyvoi Istochnik and Slobidska. The rest failed key tests.

The good news, however, is that health experts say that short-term consumption of water with the levels of impurities found by the Kyiv Post is not life-threatening and not enough to sicken a person. Concern, however, remains over possible long-term effects.

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