I don't drink water from the city supply.
Here in Texas we get our water from
man-made lakes that are very shallow.
Sunlight penetrates to the bottom in most
cases and the little one-celled animals grow
and grow. In order for the water to made "fit"
to drink (I use the term loosely) chemicals
must be introduced. I don't give tap water
to my other pets and I will not force the
bees to drink it either. If the bees decide
they like scum infested ditch water over
what I provide, it's their choice! I will not
however, hide the horrid taste of my tap
water with a little table sugar. Come to think
of it, many of you have told me that your bees
will not drink the water you provide. Maybe
their powerful sence of smell tells them the
tap water has stuff they don't want to ingest?
And YES, I do have clean water issues