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Why does Singapore's tap water smell bad at sometimes?

Post by Stay Cool » Tue, 22 Jan 2008 8:36 pm

Noticed how Singapore's tap water comes out brown and has an odour sometimes? Would love to know why? Quite scary :roll:

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Post by sprite » Tue, 22 Jan 2008 9:17 pm

That sounds awful, and unusual. Water is one thing I have never had a problem with in my time here. I'd call the PUB.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 22 Jan 2008 9:22 pm

I've never had anything like that in the 25 years I've been living here. Course if you are in an old building with bad piping that might cause it. The tap water in Singapore is comparable with the best in the world according to WHO. I think it's great not having to boil water like I do when in other parts of Asia. I don't find anything bad about it's smell or taste. Sounds like a problem to call your landlord about as I don't know if PUB will check the household plumbing.
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Post by durain » Wed, 23 Jan 2008 12:51 am

no way singapore tap water is gonna be bad for you. they got the most stringent test on the water coming in from malaysia (for obvious reason :roll: )

is the water from a main tap or from a tank in the property? check with your neighbours if their water is brown and has a smell too.

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Post by sprite » Wed, 23 Jan 2008 5:15 pm

When we have had water problems, we have gone straight to PUB (by problems I am talking about leaks in the water main, not the quality of water). They were very responsive and took care of the problem right away. Durain, I disagree -- there can most definitely be a problem with the water if the plumbing is compromised, doesn't mater if there is evian flowing through corroded pipes. Call the landlord or call the PUB but call someone right away.

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Post by durain » Wed, 23 Jan 2008 6:00 pm

sprite wrote:Durain, I disagree -- there can most definitely be a problem with the water if the plumbing is compromised, doesn't mater if there is evian flowing through corroded pipes. Call the landlord or call the PUB but call someone right away.
which bit you diagree with? :roll:

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Post by sprite » Wed, 23 Jan 2008 6:21 pm

durain wrote:no way singapore tap water is gonna be bad for you. t
I think Singapore tap water can be bad for you if the plumbing is compromised.

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Post by durain » Wed, 23 Jan 2008 7:10 pm

sprite wrote:
durain wrote:no way singapore tap water is gonna be bad for you. t
I think Singapore tap water can be bad for you if the plumbing is compromised.
ah yes, OK... but under normal circumstances, singapore water is not bad for you* :P

(* subject to dis and dat, aiji aijo, etc...)

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Post by Stay Cool » Thu, 24 Jan 2008 11:38 pm

Thank you one and all for your kind assurance that all is well . I will follow up with the landlord.

..........Much appreciated.

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Post by 2centsworth » Wed, 10 Sep 2008 12:30 am

Hi, Singapore water at its source is clean. However, piping distribution system might make the water quality become bad. My friend has recommended me to use filter for our home . After a year of useage, I was shocked when I changed the filter. It was totally brown! Imagine this goes to my family stomach if there is no filter used.

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Post by neia_g2000 » Sat, 13 Sep 2008 10:31 am

the first week that i got here, i've been drinking tap water coz everyone says it clean. but i stopped since then coz i got very sick. when they started using filter at home the filter would get really really brown and looks awful. it's like drinking clear mud.

i suggest not to try it anymore coz it might post health hazards in the future.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 13 Sep 2008 12:33 pm

I've been drinking it unfiltered for 26 years and I haven't been sick a day since I've been here. Go figger! And I don't take vitamins either. Course I've always said that if you pamper / protect your body too much your body loses the ability to defend itself. Hopefully you don't drink coke/pepsi or any other carbonated beverages. You should see what they will do to your pipes!
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