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Q: Tap Water quandary...

I'm a yuuuge believer in staying well hydrated.  I drink about 3 litres of bottled water every day.  Buttttt,,,,, at this new school I'm at there is no bottled h2o in the office, and no school shop selling any, just those funny machines the ladies get the hot water from to make their tea.  Even if those things have a filter I would bet a dollar-to-a-doughnut it's never been changed/cleaned.  So, what I'm saying is I've been drinking tap water lately, a fair amount each day. I guesstimate 1.5 litres a day.

Ok, so here is the question.  Exactly how bad is it to drink China big-city tap water?  I mean we all say don't drink the tap water, and yeah, this tap water tastes bad and even has a bad odor imo.  But does it really fk up your health, or is it just an unpleasant experience?

 

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Who knows what's in it.

 

If it doesn't have you puking and sharting in your pants then that's a promising sign, but if it's full of heavy metals or something you'd never know until X years in the future when the doctor gives you some bad news, I doubt like hell the local officials would tell the population if the water was full of toxic waste from the local chemical plant .

 

I would stick with the bottled water, it's probably from the same source but with better filtering so you may as well go with the best option and there's always the chance it actually does come from somewhere clean. If anyone has a problem just tell them you're on a special Hollywood fad diet or something.

diverdude1:

yeah,, and I'm in a part of China known for it's pollution (near BJ), so, bottled h2o for me.  Hey, it's my money.  If I wanna buy it, what's it to them?

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How bad is it ...? You have to die of sumtin' ...

 

I've rarely drank tap water while in China, but I wholly participated in the entire water cycle .... i.e. '... the continuous movement of water on, above and below the surface of the Earth ...'

 

My health is splendid for now ... butT ... in the long term, who knows how that Chinese ''living with', 'close to' & 'in' the waste'' will reflect on us.

 

I'd say, it isn't much different in West ... Flint, MA, or more than half of the Schengen was/is affected by Chernobyl fallout.

There is only one healthy rule I live by:

''Stay far away from the Hospitals and MDs overall!''

diverdude1:

yep,,, one thing 4 sure,,,,,

 

 ' No one here gets out alive! '

 

Only one guy and I can't remember the story well,,, but something like he was such a good man, God came down and brought him up to Heaven,,,  like while he was still alive.   Trip city!

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There is seriously no water near you? Can you not order like a water cooler if you live near the school? 

 

I live in the middle of no where with my gfs parents at shijiazhuang but there's even a crap little shop down the road that sells the normal bottle water.

diverdude1:

Yeah,,, probably could set-up bottled water and get it delivered regularly,,,,  split the costs in between the teaching staff,,,,   but, who knows?  someone might get knickers twisted about sth.   like why don't the other teachers have one too,,,  or,, I didn't drink much,, why do I gotta chip-in 20%,,,,    that sorta thing.  I'm just gonna bring big bottle each day,,,  but no kettle to make java-juice.  just the hot h2o machine.   fk it,, I'll cut back on coffee....

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I have a water delivery to the house and still filter it again myself, then I take 2 one liter liter bottles of water in a "sprite bottle" so they think I am a crazy foreigner that drinks too much soda and I have stainless steel coffee cup that plugs to the usb on my computer to keep my coffee hot. No coffee, No reason to live, well except maybe fornication, tough choice fornication or coffee, but I want bothcool

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I could do w/ a coffee mug like that.  Taobao,, here I come!

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Kidney stones on the horizon. Who gives a fuck if someone sees their arse about you getting proper bottled water. What's worse, unbearable pain or someone making snide remarks about rich people and their clean water? I'll tell you, it's the fucking kidney stones, believe me!

diverdude1:

Solid argument.  I'll be showing up w/ bottled h2o from now on.  They talk bad about me anyway, might as well give them some more ammo.  haha

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Who knows what's in it.

 

If it doesn't have you puking and sharting in your pants then that's a promising sign, but if it's full of heavy metals or something you'd never know until X years in the future when the doctor gives you some bad news, I doubt like hell the local officials would tell the population if the water was full of toxic waste from the local chemical plant .

 

I would stick with the bottled water, it's probably from the same source but with better filtering so you may as well go with the best option and there's always the chance it actually does come from somewhere clean. If anyone has a problem just tell them you're on a special Hollywood fad diet or something.

diverdude1:

yeah,, and I'm in a part of China known for it's pollution (near BJ), so, bottled h2o for me.  Hey, it's my money.  If I wanna buy it, what's it to them?

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Another option is coconut water; it's even better than plain h2o. I drink at least two bottles a day. I drink the water from fresh coconuts too, though it takes a few minutes to properly open them. 

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How many minutes does it take to come up to the palm treee? 

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Look at mister fancy pants over here with his coconut water

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haha,,, I've drank it a few times from the real thing,,,  u know,, the sidewalk vendors you see in the tropics.  didn't hate it; didn't luv it.  but yeah, I bet it's good 4 u.

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Never drink tap water!

You risk exposing yourself to; Cryptosporidium, Giardia, e-coli!

 

Boiled tap water will kill these, but you must boil for 3 minutes to kill Cryptosporidium!

 

I would suggest making it someones job to order bottled water from Taobao to get it delivered.

 

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Cmilk did a youtube video where he tested the tap water, from what I could remember the results were toxic. You can try to order a testing kit fromm HK

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If it's any consolation the water from the dispensers at the school are probably better than just the tap water

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