Thanks! Sounds like a plan.Hola, I understand your concerns about the Fuentes. My rule of thumb - if the locals are using them then they are ok; if they are sign posted as not potable then steer clear.
As for the plastic water bottles - I usually bring one of my metal bottles but from experience I know that there are days when extra water is required so I buy 750 ml or 1 litre water bottle from any super market and then reuse it for the next 5 or 7 days. When it achieves the grotty stage it goes in the appropriate recycle bin and I buy another (if required).
People tell me they are safe but I pass. My son had a serious bout with stomach issues. Imodium can be your friend.
Thank you.I avoided the fuentes myself. I know a lot of folks use them and have no problems but I did. I only filled up my water bladder one time from a fountain and a couple of days later I noticed the drinking tube was starting to grow something green. I found tap water plentiful and never had a problem with anything turning my tube green before or after. I saw someone above recommend using micropur tabs if you do get the water. Personally, I just stick with tap water.
I walked CF from Villefranca del Bierzo in 2018. I started with stomach cramps, diarrhoea and nausea from day 3. It certainly reduced my stamina and eventually back home, after 1 month, I was treated for campylobacter infection. I did fill my bottle from a fountain in Ruitelan. It had no warnings on but looked well used. I suspected that was the cause. None of my party used it or got sick. Don't use fountains if you have an alternative.
How many times have you seen cats and dogs using the same fonts? It's like the font as your entering Spain, how many horses and sheep did you see coming over the Pyrenees? It may be spring water but it's also known as percolation. If people walking want to get sick or take the chance 3900 miles from home. I'm not judging actions of others but I'm just speaking for myself.I do the same as @Saint Mike II, buy a plastic bottle, preferably the heavier duty type (as in the sparkling water bottles) & re-use/re-fill for as long as feasible.
Also agree with Mike re; safety of fuentes. I apply the same rule as with restaurants...if the locals are partaking, it must be good!
By 'locals', I meant of the human variety ..& no, I haven't personally witnessed dogs or cats drinking from the fountains (maybe the 'leftovers' in the trough).How many times have you seen cats and dogs using the same fonts? It's like the font as your entering Spain, how many horses and sheep did you see coming over the Pyrenees? It may be spring water but it's also known as percolation. If people walking want to get sick or take the chance 3900 miles from home. I'm not judging actions of others but I'm just speaking for myself.
My wife and I completed the Coastal Camino de Portuguese last August and there were some water sources with signs that the water was not drinkable. I would also suggest adding lemon juice and slices for added favor.
Yes, that it fact.I avoided the fuentes myself. I know a lot of folks use them and have no problems but I did. I only filled up my water bladder one time from a fountain and a couple of days later I noticed the drinking tube was starting to grow something green.
Our habit's are you avoid fountains, bit to each their own. Don't want to get sick for a thousand miles from home.
Yes I've just been caught out too. The one opposite the bar Casa Avelina in Travesas too. Fortunately they filled me up at the bar as I had already emptied my bottle.I'd exercise a little caution with fountains marked on the Ingles route. The water from those that are working is fine. But don't assume all the fountains are operational. On the Betanzos to Bruma stage the fountain by the reservoir at Encorro de Beche has not been connected yet. There is a tap at the picnic site, but the water tasted heavily of chlorine. Fine to drink, but not pleasant. As I descended into As Travesas I spied another of the new fountains. Thankfully I didn't pour away the water I'd already picked up, as the fountain had a sign saying "Under test, please do not use". So I didn't.
For clarity, I found that the water from these new fountains was fine and I drank deeply from all I came across. But not all of them are operational yet.
At some point on this stage, I came across an elderly man doing what elderly men do best, messing about in a shed. I asked him for some water. He filled my bottle from a tap in his shed saying the water had come from the hills. It was cold, pure and sweet. It seemed to have done him no harm and it did me no harm either. God Bless him