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Postby whim » Tue, 02 Oct 2007 1:34 pm

Hi seasider. What do you mean by "hard" or "soft" water? Aren't all water soft in the first place?

What's SLS? I went to look at the back of my shampoo container and didn't see any "SLS". I take it that it's an ingredient.

In Singlish, I blur blur :o

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Tapwater smells like crap

Postby pat17eve » Mon, 17 Mar 2008 2:21 pm

seasider wrote:I'm sure we've had this chat before, sms. I'm an eejit that buys bottled water - mainly because my tapwater smells like crap. Literally.


Hi Seasider, i do agree with you and i also believe that there are alternatives besides bottled water. May i know how much it cost per litre bottled water.

Hope to have a better insight from you.

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Postby pat17eve » Mon, 17 Mar 2008 2:32 pm

astrogirl wrote:Most of my relatives live in the East, three families in different homes. Drinking water at their houses, the tap water taste awful and the boiled tap water taste just as bad and come to think of it, it does have a funny smell as well, just like my home in the East. This is compared to the water I drank when I lived in the North.

Now living in the East, I drink distilled bottled water. I also do not like mineral water, I've tasted most brands of mineral water, and they are all quite similar with varying degrees of slimy and saltish taste, especially Evian taste the strongest! I'm not promoting any water here, just sharing my personal taste and experience.


Hi Astrogirl, i have a doctor friend who use water filter and discourage people from using distilled water because according to him, it leaches the minerals from your body. His logic being, water in it's natural state has minerals in them and distilled water is totally void of any minerals. Once the distilled water enters your body, the water will find it's way to become natural again by absorbing calcium and other minerals from your bones.
I personally agree with the doctor, because distilled water is meant for filling car batteries and some manufacturing processes.

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Postby astrogirl » Mon, 17 Mar 2008 2:59 pm

whim wrote:Hi seasider. What do you mean by "hard" or "soft" water? Aren't all water soft in the first place?

What's SLS? I went to look at the back of my shampoo container and didn't see any "SLS". I take it that it's an ingredient.

In Singlish, I blur blur :o


SLS is short for Sodium Laureth Sulfate, this found in many products that helps generate lather/foaming, including dish washing liquid, face wash etc.

Some parts of the worlds has hard water. Typically, it's harder to lather up and also, our skin does not feel completely rinsed off. Skin might feel drier. Hard water is not potable from the tap, not drinkable even when boiled.

I drink distilled water because the tap water in the east, taste funky and smells even when boiled.
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Postby seasider » Tue, 18 Mar 2008 12:07 am

I pay S$16.50 per 19 litre bottle, but don't bother trying to sell me an alternative; I'm leaving the country soon.

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Postby astrogirl » Tue, 18 Mar 2008 12:58 am

[quote="pat17eve
Hi Astrogirl, i have a doctor friend who use water filter and discourage people from using distilled water because according to him, it leaches the minerals from your body. His logic being, water in it's natural state has minerals in them and distilled water is totally void of any minerals. Once the distilled water enters your body, the water will find it's way to become natural again by absorbing calcium and other minerals from your bones.
I personally agree with the doctor, because distilled water is meant for filling car batteries and some manufacturing processes.

Rgds
Pat[/quote]

Thanks for sharing. Distilled water is pure water. I think car batteries and some manufacturing processes need pure water or else the minerals/chemicals in tap water might cause problems or interfere with the process. Distilled water is also a process of purifying the water and bottled. Some people use water filters, to get pure water. I'm happy buying them bottled.
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Postby maneo » Tue, 18 Mar 2008 8:39 am

whim wrote:Hi seasider. What do you mean by "hard" or "soft" water? Aren't all water soft in the first place?
. . .

In Singlish, I blur blur :o

"Hard water" means water that contains lots of minerals (like calcium, etc.).
These minerals form the hard deposits that accumulate where hard water is allowed to dry.

"Soft water" means water without these minerals.

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Postby ksl » Wed, 19 Mar 2008 8:20 am

There are far to many pro's and cons in this area of drinking water. especially to justify buying some of the expensive filtering systems to be found.....of which can actually effect your health in a negative way.

I myself use a 7ltr boiler for water, although it's not because of Singapore water taste, that i use it, it's more convenient for me, becuase I drink lots of hot water. More of a Taiwan habit than anything.

Although i did have a MRI scan in Taiwan, that showed a build up of calcium in the frontal lobe of the skull, due to drinking water, with lots of calcium in it, that may also correlate to my heavy bone structure, they did say it was probably from drinking water, that i have a build up in the skull.

Although that too can be reduced.

You may wish to have a read through this link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distilled_water

I guess it is always best to test the water coiming out of the taps, one never knows, what gets dumped in, these days.

Some of the filtering systems actually work that well, that they cause more harm, than good..because they can also filter out important minerals.....the body system needs a challenge to keep it functioning, so to be honest, the best thing is to test what you are drinking from the tap. before deciding on anything else.

Smelly water is not a good sign at all! Though some minerals smell pretty awful too.

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Postby maneo » Wed, 19 Mar 2008 9:06 am

The "Rolling revision of the WHO Guidelines for drinking-water quality" specifically addresses the concern of drinking demineralized water (distilled, purified, etc.).

http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_hea ... alized.pdf

Water used in the semiconductor industry is about the purest form available.
Yet those that work with it know that it is toxic if consumed directly in large enough quantities.

If you're not planning on drinking it straight, but rather using it for coffee or tea or frozen juices, then these "leaching" concerns are not relevant.
However, water boilers may corrode faster with continued use.


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