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Drinking Water

Post by muratkorman » Wed, 09 May 2007 2:39 pm

I am so fed up with carrying bottles of water to my condo that I decided to make a stock at home. Is there some drinking water company which supplies big bottles (3 gallon or 4 gallon volume) for home use? Which brand do you suggest?

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Post by Barczar » Wed, 09 May 2007 3:27 pm

I know how you feel mate! Took me about 2 months once i got out here! I've been using Polar Water for the past 3+ years at the office and at home. It seems to be pretty good the boys deliver more or less when they say they are going to and can't really complain about the price. Much cheaper than buying bottles of Evian day in day out!

Anyways, think their website is: www.polar.com.sg

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Post by keinicke » Mon, 21 May 2007 12:19 am

dudes just drink the tap water very clean & tasty especially after having left in the fridge for a while
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 21 May 2007 11:23 am

keinicke wrote:dudes just drink the tap water very clean & tasty especially after having left in the fridge for a while
Frankly, I concur. I've been drinking it for 25 years and still have all of my choppers intact and cavity free & almost 60 years old too. It doesn't taste bad either. Frankly it tastes better that alot of US city waters I've drank over the years.
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Post by huggybear » Mon, 21 May 2007 1:28 pm

what's wrong with the local brew??? (tap water)

i see you've fallen victim to the marketing of DANGEROUS CHEMCIALS in the water that they add?

if you're that freaked out ... just by a Brita (do they even sell it here?).

the only water i like to buy is carbonated water (pellegrino) unless i'm in a city where the tap water tastes like cr*p.

There was a good book called "The Man Who Eats Everything"
in the book he tests a whole bunch of various waters and concludes that New York City tap water tastes the most "normal." haha. i agree with that actually.

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Post by muratkorman » Mon, 21 May 2007 1:35 pm

In Istanbul, the tap water is not that good to drink as the network is huge to support a city of 13 million people. They put too much additives to keep it clean. Because of that I am not used to drinking tap water. I haven't really tasted how it is here, but I will give a try.
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Post by micknlea » Tue, 22 May 2007 12:57 am

It's not bad and helluva lot cheaper than bottled stuff. :wink:
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Post by earthfriendly » Wed, 23 May 2007 10:59 am

People would boil the tap water before drinking it as they considered it unsafe to drink it straight. They will leave it out for a few hours to get it to room temperature. If you like, you can put it in the fridge to chill it. I am not sure about the official govt stand on safety of drinking it straight. I have never done it myself as we only drink it boiled.

And I don't know if the drink vendors boiled the water first.

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Post by Barczar » Wed, 23 May 2007 11:35 am

Does everyone here know where the water in Singapore comes from?

Here...

The desalination plant at Tuas was designed and built by a local water treatment company, Hyflux, and features ‘reverse osmosis’ technology in which dissolved salts in sea water are extracted by forcing the water through membranes with microscopic pores.

Now essentially the water is taken from the sea in one of the busiest shipping ports in the world (i.e. polluted etc) until this desalinization plant was constructed, Singapore got all of its water from Malaysia

Here...

Under the agreements, Singapore is allowed to draw 1,277 million liters daily from rivers in Johor for a price of less than 1 cent per 1,000 gallons (3,800 liters) until 2011.

Two other agreements signed during this period allow Singapore to use up to 461 acres of land in Johor as catchment areas for 99 years. All this water is pumped into Singapore through three huge pipelines across the two-kilometer causeway that separates the two countries.

Anyone actually seen the rivers in Johor...I wouldn't swim in it let alone drink from it.

Now Singapore has invested a lot of money in the technology trying to become more sel sufficient so don't be fooled...water is not "free" because it comes out of the tap...you are still paying for it?!

Here...

Over the last four years, the government has outsourced 2.7 billion dollars worth of water infrastructure projects, and will invest another 900 million dollars during the next two years to improve its water services.

Regardless...I'm not sold on Singapore water and will stick to the bottled stuff, besides, my water guaranteed to always be cold or hot as soon as i push the little tap on my water cooler and I'm a little lazy so works perfect for me!! :D

Also found a stat from 1999 17.4 litres were consummed per person per capita, that rose to 23.6 litres per person per capita, now following that trend it would be safe to assume that over 25-27 litres per person per capita would be about where we are today...so if you drink bottled water...you're not alone!!
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Post by muratkorman » Wed, 23 May 2007 12:23 pm

I have heard that Singapore was using Reverse Osmosis. Although I am not an expert, RO process is highly efficient in purifying water. In fact, this process is used in pharmaceutical plants for obtaining Purified Water which is used for production of pharmaceutical products. Although the source may be dirty, after RO treatment clean water is produced. Unfortunately it lacks some minerals, etc which changes the taste of the water. I prefer bottled drinking water anyway. Another thing is also some bottled water brands sell RO processed water and not natural drinking water. So you may still be drinking more or less the same water with paying more.
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Post by huggybear » Wed, 23 May 2007 1:08 pm

Barczar wrote:Does everyone here know where the water in Singapore comes from?

Here...

The desalination plant at Tuas was designed and built by a local water treatment company, Hyflux, and features ‘reverse osmosis’ technology in which dissolved salts in sea water are extracted by forcing the water through membranes with microscopic pores.

Now essentially the water is taken from the sea in one of the busiest shipping ports in the world (i.e. polluted etc) until this desalinization plant was constructed, Singapore got all of its water from Malaysia

Here...

Under the agreements, Singapore is allowed to draw 1,277 million liters daily from rivers in Johor for a price of less than 1 cent per 1,000 gallons (3,800 liters) until 2011.

Two other agreements signed during this period allow Singapore to use up to 461 acres of land in Johor as catchment areas for 99 years. All this water is pumped into Singapore through three huge pipelines across the two-kilometer causeway that separates the two countries.

Anyone actually seen the rivers in Johor...I wouldn't swim in it let alone drink from it.

Now Singapore has invested a lot of money in the technology trying to become more sel sufficient so don't be fooled...water is not "free" because it comes out of the tap...you are still paying for it?!

Here...

Over the last four years, the government has outsourced 2.7 billion dollars worth of water infrastructure projects, and will invest another 900 million dollars during the next two years to improve its water services.

Regardless...I'm not sold on Singapore water and will stick to the bottled stuff, besides, my water guaranteed to always be cold or hot as soon as i push the little tap on my water cooler and I'm a little lazy so works perfect for me!! :D

Also found a stat from 1999 17.4 litres were consummed per person per capita, that rose to 23.6 litres per person per capita, now following that trend it would be safe to assume that over 25-27 litres per person per capita would be about where we are today...so if you drink bottled water...you're not alone!!
how do you know that the bottled water you are buying isn't just singapore tap water from Johor river but further treated to further clarify it? New water treatment plants being developed have developed ability to literally take garbage and compost and produce clean drinking water that tastes normal.

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Post by muratkorman » Wed, 23 May 2007 2:06 pm

muratkorman wrote: Another thing is also some bottled water brands sell RO processed water and not natural drinking water. So you may still be drinking more or less the same water with paying more.
Huggy-san I also highlighted the same point. Even bottled water may not be natural. You have to read the labels to be sure.
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Post by Asian_Geekette » Wed, 23 May 2007 2:09 pm

muratkorman wrote:I have heard that Singapore was using Reverse Osmosis. Although I am not an expert, RO process is highly efficient in purifying water. In fact, this process is used in pharmaceutical plants for obtaining Purified Water which is used for production of pharmaceutical products. Although the source may be dirty, after RO treatment clean water is produced. Unfortunately it lacks some minerals, etc which changes the taste of the water. I prefer bottled drinking water anyway. Another thing is also some bottled water brands sell RO processed water and not natural drinking water. So you may still be drinking more or less the same water with paying more.
I'm not sure if there are home water filtration systems available in Sg. Back home (Philippines) some people buy such systems. They install it on their kitchen faucets. Aside from filtering the water, the water is also passed into a small chamber where it's supposed to get some minerals or something.

In Sg, I usually boil water and let it cool to room temperature. But I've also tried drinking water straight from the faucet there. And I'm still alive. :)
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Post by huggybear » Wed, 23 May 2007 2:37 pm

muratkorman wrote:
muratkorman wrote: Another thing is also some bottled water brands sell RO processed water and not natural drinking water. So you may still be drinking more or less the same water with paying more.
Huggy-san I also highlighted the same point. Even bottled water may not be natural. You have to read the labels to be sure.
hah. thanks muratkorman-san. yes. i hate that "bottled at source" label. what source? Johor river??

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Post by Barczar » Wed, 23 May 2007 2:39 pm

Even if it is the exact same water found in the tap...as least it's going through a strict regulated filtration system and not transported to my glass by a series public old pipes?...My place is relatively new (7 years i think) and I've already had to fix a couple of pin hole leaks on my water pipes and just the state of them rusting away was enough to sell me on the fact I can easily afford and therefore justify bottled drinking water - just so I didn't have to think about where the water is coming from.
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