water quality

12 Aug

london

Yesterday a waterman came to check our mains water in the kitchen.

Today, another one came to tell us the water sent for testing from our pipe came back contaminated with bacteria. we had been drinking straight from the tap for a long time, and none of us had got sick, which was explained by the waterman as that the contamination was not a lot. 

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it seems  an attachment to the tap which had been there since we bought the place had been harbouring bacteria.

the previous waterman was inexperienced and did not know that we should remove it. I told him it had been there ever since we bought the flat like 22yrs ago, so maybe he thought it was a fixed part of the tap, because in the form he said there was no attachment. 

 anyway this waterman today was more experienced and told me to remove it.

i had always thought the attachment makes the water come out in a  jet and i thought it  makes it more easy to wash things, but when i removed it and noticed how dirty the insides were, and saw the water flow was ok, and does not make a difference to how we wash our dishes, i realised we dont really need it at all.

i had thought of buying a replacement as the rubber join is leaking. but now i know it can harbour bacteria, and that it makes no difference to our ability to wash dishes using the flow from the tap without the attachment; i am not going to bother getting a replacement.

but it seems both of us have been drinking this water straight from the tap without realising and we have been doing that all these years.  

just as well the bacteria count is low or who knows what kind of trouble it would give us to our insides. perhaps we should have boiled our water and let it cool, like we do in malaysia.

so maybe a timely reminder to others reading this , if u are going to drink straight from the tap, the waterman say let the water run for a minute or so , to clear the water that is left in the pipes, (esp if u live on the first floor, or higher, as there are all that pipe running up from ground level, to ensure there is enough chlorine in it, as the chlorine do get evaporated if left standing. ) and make sure u dont attach anything to the tap. and if u dont like the taste of chlorine, just put a open jug of water in the fridge so that the chlorine can evaporate. 

just as a comparison, when the previous waterman took the sample and tested it for chlorine, it was 0.16 part per million. but when this one took the water , he let it run for a long time, and took the sample and the chlorine read 0.5 parts per million. that was a higher concentration is it seems that is concentration wanted. 

most of the time the water we drink is hot water as we tend to make coffee and tea, rather than cold water. 

our mains water had never been checked like this in all the time i have stayed here. the waterman says they pick households to check the water by random process, that is why ours had not been checked for so long. 

7 Responses to “water quality”

  1. Lottie Nevin Tuesday August 12, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    I’m sure you will be ok. At least in London the water is drinkable, in fact, i rather like London water. One of the things that i found tough about living in Indonesia was not being able to drink the tap water, not even to clean my teeth. It was RANK beyond belief. My fear was to pick up hepatitis so I played safe and stuck to bottled/boiled water all of the time. It’s only when you can’t clean your teeth in clean, running mains water that you realise how very lucky we are when we have access to safe, running water. The water here in Spain is fine but it doesn’t taste good so I prefer to use the spring in the village which now sadly has dried up for the summer 😦 so I buy bottled water for drinking. Roll on the rain and bring the spring alive!!

    • alifesgayventure Tuesday August 12, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

      hi lottie, i too agree that we will be ok, i am confident about london water, as proved by the fact that we are fine even after drinking this water via that attachment for so long. how strange that the tap water in your village does not taste good. why, do u know? too much chlorine? if so, just let it sit for the chlorine to evaporate, or boil it , that should drive off the chlorine but also get rid of any bugs if any. then maybe u can get to drink it. i am really glad i dont have to buy bottled water. i have always been aware of the luxury of having abundant clean running water. i think all of us who have it can consider ourselves very rich indeed.

  2. Garfield Hug Thursday August 14, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    Hi, you should just boil the water like we do! Safer and once it is cool, I put it in the fridge. Was told water in fridge also has a life span of no more than a day. So I am careful to ensure I change it every day. Thank goodness you did not suffer the runs!

    • alifesgayventure Thursday August 14, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

      hi garfield, i had a call from the water board today, yesterday the new guy tested the water, and today they left a message on my phone telling me they found bacteria in the test. not a dangerous bacteria it seems so not to worry they said but to just run bleach inside the pipe opening. i dont have bleach except for my toilet, i wonder if it is safe to use that. anyway for years we have been drinking the water off the tap, so i guess it is harmless bacteria. i am of the school that believes that not all bacteria is harmful. i think it is a good thing to expose the body to some bacteria just so the body can build up immunity. if it is dangerous they would not have advise me that it is ok to drink the water. and now i got rid of that attachment, i think the bacteria problem may soon solve itself.

      • Garfield Hug Friday August 15, 2014 at 1:13 am #

        Hi Hi…Yes, there are some good bacteria like lactobacillus and it is good to build immunity. Unfortunately for me I am autoimmune impaired and often succumb to bugs no matter how slight it is! I suppose it is safe to run bleach through but after that you need to run hot water just to ensure it is clean off the bleach I guess. Cheers to good health and you are lucky not to have gotten ill. If it was me, it would probably put me in hospital (Bates Motel I call it) 😀 Have a great weekend ahead.

  3. Carl D'Agostino Thursday August 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Shows the difference between “safe to drink” and uncontaminated purity. But surprisingly, tap water is of higher quality than most commercial bottled. Of course that is true for US but not third world countries.

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