SMS, perhaps i was unclear with my old pipes comment... what I was suggesting is that even if the bottled water I get and the water coming out of my tap was exactly the same water in terms of purities etc. I am not personally comfortable with water that has gone from a desalinisation plant through a series of public piping that goes all over singapore and eventually gets to my condo
, the water is then piped through my risers to my sink via a series of old pipes and then goes through a faucet to a cup then into my body's system. Like I was say I have fixed several pinhole leaks in my codo and i didn't like the state of the piping (like i have a choice being a renter). The water that i get (don't know the source and don't really care as long as its clean and cold) is re-filtered and distilled and then sealed into a bottle until I put it into the water cooler and then to my cup and into my body's system.
But as I've had this disagreement with others on a similar thread, just because Tiger at a Hawker Stall is cheaper, it doesn't mean that I have to drink it there, when I can get that same beer in an airconditioned bar with a TV, pool table, women etc albeit at a premium. Same beer at both places, as no matter what it still tastes like piss, but having it serves in a frosted cold mug indoors, I'll pay a premium for that.
I don't mind paying a premium for something I perceive as being better quality and convenient....but like I said before, I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to water, food, entertainment, travel...well pretty much anything...