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What are we drinking?

Postby ozchick » Fri, 13 Nov 2009 1:24 pm

I know that some of the water we drink is from Singapore's reservoirs and that some comes from Malaysia- is that right? But then someone told me the other day that a percentage of Singapore's water is also recycled sewerage? Is that right too?
Just wondering...it tastes alright to me- whatever it is!
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Postby vbelle » Fri, 13 Nov 2009 1:57 pm

thats true..around 16%..if im not mistaken...
technically..it supposed to gone through even more stringent process to ensure we drink "drinkable" water..and since its produced from sewerage..

i'd say that it will be the same like other source..just that they go through shorter natural processes..minus the sea-rain-catchment..

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Postby Strong Eagle » Fri, 13 Nov 2009 2:05 pm

Drive by the sewage treatment plant on the road up to Changi naval base. You'll see gleaming stainless steel tanks with 'NEWater' on the sides, indeed, recycled. When they first opened, the spokesman drank a glass out of a tap connected to one of the tanks.

All told, there are 4 of these plants, they produce about 32 million gallons per day, about 15 percent of Singapore's water needs.

A huge desalination plant produces 10 percent of the needed water. Water from catchment basins supplies about 35 percent, and 40 percent is imported, a number that is expected to drop as more catchment basins and other plants are brought on line.

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Postby beppi » Sat, 14 Nov 2009 12:34 am

Sewerage is the piping systems containing gunk called sewage.
Newater isn't recycled from sewerage, only from sewage.

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Postby nakatago » Sat, 14 Nov 2009 1:35 am

Godwin's law in 5...4...3...2...

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 14 Nov 2009 8:27 am

:lol:

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Postby yoongf » Sun, 15 Nov 2009 7:13 pm

When NEWater was first introduced, many testers feedback that there was an odd odour/taste, even though the water was chemically pure.

As a result instead of pumping NEwater direct into the water supply system, NEWater is pumped into the reservoir to pick up some familar taste before entering the treatment plant again.

The scientists who did the R&D for NEWater felt this was rather wasteful, but I guess the politicians felt that the user acceptance was more important.

http://itclub.vs.moe.edu.sg/cyberfair2005/newater.htm

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 15 Nov 2009 7:53 pm

Yeah, they don't deserve water that clean. I drank some of those very first bottles as well. The odour was purely in the minds of the aunties and uncles. I still have one of the original bottles on my desk at the office. So now they pump the excess not used by the industrial complex (primarily semicon/electronics) into the reservoirs so that they can be infused with alligator, turtle, fish and duck sh*t. Something the locals are more used to. :cool:

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Postby nakatago » Sun, 15 Nov 2009 9:14 pm

If they're told that it's some health-supplement flavored, they'll probably drink it more acceptingly :D :D :D

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Postby Vaucluse » Tue, 17 Nov 2009 11:28 am

Bugger the health supplement sales-spiel:

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Heavy Water

Postby SingLife » Thu, 19 Nov 2009 4:37 pm

Though I don't doubt the quality of the water in Sg(coming from any source), but I do feel some heaviness in my throat after drinking. I have a very sensitive throat so much that every 2 months I am at a clinic for an antibiotics course.
I have been in Sg for more than a year, but the feeling is still always there.

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Postby irvine » Fri, 20 Nov 2009 2:24 pm

SingLife, I agree. I felt the water is a bit 'heavy' and dense. Oh well, maybe it's just me.

On that note, does anyone know where to get Pur 2stage filters for the Pur jug?

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Postby econoMIC » Fri, 20 Nov 2009 4:55 pm

The water in SG is still crisp compared to London water which tastes like carbonate and every two weeks you have to pour tons of limescale remover down the toilets, washing machine, irons...
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