First of all, that was probably well water in La., not municipal. Municipal water is chlorinated to kill bacteria and amoebas, which is what these things were.
Second of all, the people were probably mixing hot water with cold water from the tap to get the right temperature.
Water that's been sitting in a water heater for any length of time is going to be germ free due to the temperature.
So the trick is, just run your hot water until it is really hot coming out of the tap. Then shut it off and wait a few minutes. It'll cool down in the pipes to a comfortable temperature.
Then it can be run into the neti pot.
Of course, if you wanted to be super picky about it, most municipal water has flouride in it, which isn't good, and the aforementioned chlorine. Once the salt and baking soda are added to the water, it makes it easy to handle municipal water in the sinuses, but it's still in there.
As Keebler mentioned, even with distilled water, you have the other problems related to plastic containers.
No matter what you do, there's going to be something potentially harmful. You just have to assess the risks and go with what you feel is best. I've been using municipal tap water for years the way I described it without a problem and I live not too far from La.
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all articles stated "tap water". don't know if that would be well water or not.
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