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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    Enough boiling your water, I am sure it is as fun as it sounds
    Actually the boiling of drinking water is a Hong Kong tradition! Don't knock local culture!

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    Ah, the ol' argument of boiled water will kill you. I used to get so worked up about this. It is astounding how persistent some cultural superstitions are.

    The other belief that I feel best matches this one is that turning on the air conditioning during winter will stop people from catching colds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgl
    Ah, the ol' argument of boiled water will kill you. I used to get so worked up about this. It is astounding how persistent some cultural superstitions are.

    The other belief that I feel best matches this one is that turning on the air conditioning during winter will stop people from catching colds.
    Old wives tales do have a stubborn shelf life. Yes, the vast majority of locals in this town drink from water gushing from the tap and then boiled. I have yet to see anyone dropping dead in HK from drinking boiled water from the tap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgl
    Ah, the ol' argument of boiled water will kill you. I used to get so worked up about this. It is astounding how persistent some cultural superstitions are.
    The triumph of ignorance over rationality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray98
    I have actually but still doesn't give me much comfort that I am drinking from rivers that the north siders treat like a sewer. But you could say that all water in Hong Kong is from there, but the physics of distillation gives me more comfort

    Perhaps show your missus the pics of floating diseased pig bodies and see what she thinks.
    Do you drink British water? In many places that IS sewerage. Treated to a standard that makes is absolutely safe and fine to drink. Your concerns are absurd.
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    @ray98, I am pretty sure that water treatment doesn't involve distillation. The energy cost would be astronomical, and the volumes a plant could process would be tiny.

    I think that water treatment is mainly filtration, possibly with other processes thrown in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jgl
    @ray98, I am pretty sure that water treatment doesn't involve distillation. The energy cost would be astronomical, and the volumes a plant could process would be tiny.

    I think that water treatment is mainly filtration, possibly with other processes thrown in.
    You're right it doesn't. I was talking about Watsons distilled water which is also heated to 105 degrees celsius (presumably under high pressure to raise the boiling point of water).

    The water treatment on the WSD website is filtration, chlorination (and a few other chemicals), fluoride added for good measure before it goes into circulation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK_Katherine
    Do you drink British water? In many places that IS sewerage. Treated to a standard that makes is absolutely safe and fine to drink. Your concerns are absurd.
    In Manchester, we get our water from the Lake District and that is the only time I would drink water from the tap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgl
    Ah, the ol' argument of boiled water will kill you. I used to get so worked up about this. It is astounding how persistent some cultural superstitions are.
    Not quite sure if you are addressing my post.

    Let me explain. When I was a nipper, in our village, there were no direct water supplies to a house, we all used one communal tap for the whole village, so that meant storing water in buckets and it was advisable to boil the water before drinking. Over time, it became a habit, not just for villagers but Hong Kong generally - I think that's why many workplaces contract Watsons to supply drinking water today. My parents didn't lose this habit when we got to the UK, partially out of habit but partially to have a ready supply of hot water in a vacuum flask for making Chinese tea.
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