Sunday, January 30, 2011

WATER--WATER ---- WATER

Ciejay waiting on the jug to get full
Ciejay fills and I load

This is the Ultra Violet light that kills any bateria in the water

This is the storage tank after the water has been filtered

This water treatment system is provide free of charge for the folks of our village and surrounding area by our city officals

This is what the water looks like when the water pipe is broke and for a while after it is repaired.

Bottled water to drink ---25 baht for a gallon plastic jug

These 5 gallon heavy duty jugs you can have delivered or buy them for 70 baht full and then refill them yourselves and you own the bottles then or you can have the delivered for 82 baht and then only 12 baht delivered to you house after that .
WATER----------------------WATER--------------------------WATER
I was amazed when we took our trip back to the USA last year , that some of the most asked questions was "hows the water over there ? is it clean and safe? do you have city water ? do you have running water or do you get it from a well?,do you have to boil your water ?".
I guess I never realized how many countries don't have clean drinkable water readily available, and some even tho they have water it doesn't taste good and has bad odours, and is not safe to drink.
We should be very thankful that Thailand is very much concerned that it's people where ever they live in Thailand that they have access to some type of drinkable water .
Lots of folks in rural Thailand still collect rain water in huge tanks or pots during the rainy season to supply them with water for the months with no rain. When Ciejay and Me first moved to Thailand in 2004 , while we were remodeling our house we stayed in a house that had tap water , but collected rain water during the rainy season , we were drinking this for a week or two , we were told it was fresh caught water and Ciejay had drank rain stored water all her life , growing up in the small farming village of Wat Sing and did not have running water piped into their home till she was in high school ,so I said sounds good to me , until !!! one day I saw mosquito lava swimming around in my glass. That was the last time for the rain water for me , Ciejay laughed at me and said Mom use to say "no bones ". ha ha ha

Ciejay and me are on the city water system and we use this water for doing dishes ,taking a bath and laundry and irrigation of the plants and flowers .
We take our 5 gal plastic jugs to the city hall or tessibon and there they have a filtering system and a system that uses ultra violet light to kill the bacteria that filters the city water and this water we use to cook with , I might add here that they don't charge for the filtered water,If we didn't want to haul our jugs down and fill them ourselves there are a couple of stores in Wang Pho that will deliver them to you house for 12 baht for a 5 gal jug , these are suppose to be filled by watering companies in and around Kanchanaburi and delivered to the outline villages and to Wang Pho 's little stores , we used this service for a few years for cooking water but, we begin to notice that the jugs were not getting cleaned properly and many times we would find dirt in the bottom of the jug, I think they just get lazy and don't clean them good before filling them and someone told me one of the delivery guys after he quit told someone they (the water jug folks ) were filling the jugs with the water from their tap and putting the shrink wrap tape on the lids themselves as if it was filtered water , some folks will do anything to try and make a dollar, even when it comes to the safety of drinking water. The water we drink comes from the Tesco Lotus store in Kanchanaburi , we buy the Tesco brand for 25 baht per gal. or if they are out we but the Nestle brand for 29 baht per gal.If need be and we could not get to the store I would drink the filtered city water , from the city provided system. Lots of folks we know here in Wang Pho drink the city water piped into their homes , I may would at last resort , even when we want to use it to to wash clothes and take a bath we have to watch as sometimes a neighbor will dig up or break a water pipe (blue pvc pipe ) and when they glue in the repair job they will let dirt and muddy water enter the pipe and we have to let the water run for a long period of time to clear out the pipe , I'm sure there is a muddy film coating the inside of the pipe for a while and that's the reason I don't drink our tap water.
How about some of you folks where do you get your water? do you have to boil or filter it before you drink it? , do you drink tap water or do you buy bottled water to drink ?? Do you store water either tap or rain water for the dry season or when the water is turned off in town?
I'm just very thankful that we can have good clean drinkable water where we live here in the LOS, and thats just another reason why I'm Retired in Thailand and Loving It

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Drinking water----Thanks

Tap water, Drinking water or potable water, is water of sufficiently high quality that can be consumed or used with low risk of immediate or long term harm. In most developed countries, the water supplied to households, commerce and industry is all of drinking water standard, even though only a very small proportion is actually consumed or used in food preparation.

Over large parts of the world, humans have inadequate access to potable water and use sources contaminated with disease vectors, pathogens or unacceptable levels of toxins or suspended solids. Such water is not potable, and drinking or using such water in food preparation leads to widespread acute and chronic illnesses and is a major cause of death and misery in many countries. Reduction of waterborne diseases is a major public health goal in developing countries.

Typical water supply networks deliver potable water from the tap, whether it is to be used for drinking, washing or landscape irrigation

Throughout most of the world, the most common contamination of raw water sources is from human sewage and in particular human fecal pathogens and parasites. In 2006, waterborne diseases were estimated to cause 1.8 million deaths each year while about 1.1 billion people lacked proper drinking water.[4] It is clear that people in the developing world need to have access to good quality water in sufficient quantity, water purification technology and availability and distribution systems for water. In many parts of the world the only sources of water are from small streams often directly contaminated by sewage
Most water requires some type of treatment before use, even water from deep wells or springs. The extent of treatment depends on the source of the water. Appropriate technology options in water treatment include both community-scale and household-scale point-of-use (POU) designs.

56 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yawn.....:{

Anonymous said...

water is essential to life. a great post !

Martyn said...

Malcolm your post is yet another reminder to me that I don't drink enough water when I'm in Thailand. I really must try better next time.

I have drank the rainwater variety in the past and it didn't do me any harm. Nowadays when I do drink water it's the bottled stuff but I never seem to consume enough.

kris said...

Malcolm, a great blog! How can anyone write a blog about water??? You have achieved it. I think we have 3 concerns in life, food, shelter and water. If we can improve on any of these then we are in the box seat! K

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