Saturday, March 26

 
Melbourne's drinkin water

Ive said it once and i shall say it again...tap water will always be better than bottled water...

I would have to commend my 2 years spent in compulsory National Service though...before my military days i had to wait for water to boil and cool...and considerin the amount of water i drank a day...over 8 liters...you can imagine the amount of water i had to boil...National Service taught and reinforced the notion that unboiled water in Singapore was actually very clean...if not cleaner and healthier than any bottled water...

Before movin to Australia i'd made the effort to check up on Melbourne's water supply through the internet...as ive grown to love and appreciate the slightly more 'acidic' taste of tap water...and am i glad Melbourne not only boasts one of the cleanest piped water in Australia...but it also tastes similar to Singapore's...

Drinkin Australian piped water in public can be a real nuisance though...first and foremost...a distinct lack of public toilets has left me high and dry all too many times...as a result i found myself spendin unneccesary money on bottled water here...



Secondly the basins in public toilets here are unusually shallow...if you ever had problems tryin to shove the openin of ya plastic Nike sports bottle under a runnin tap...you'ld know what i mean...often i found myself drinkin from the tap and leavin the toilet with an empty bottle...

Which brings me to the cost of bottled water here...FOR FUCK SAKES...A$2.50 for a 750ml bottle of water? CMON MATE!!! I could buy 3 liters of water back home with that money! I simply dont get it...soda and water is almost as expensive...or cheap...however way you wana look at it...as the cheapest home made beer here...Australians though dont seem to bat an eyelid...ive seen mothers helpin themselves to 5-liter packs of bottled water in supermarkets and students buyin them off convenience stalls as if it were candy...

An article in today's national paper The Australian seem to second my opinions...


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