Catégorie : water

How do get water delivery in Shanghai and in greater China? Here are steps to getting a water dispenser,choosing a water delivery company, and talking on the phone in Chinese.

If you werent previously aware, the tap water in China is not suitable to drink. Most people use it for brushing their teeth and washing fruits and vegetables, but when it comes drinking, its best to drink bottled water. Many Chinese will boil the tap water, but as this doesnt get rid of some of the metals that are present in the tap water, its not the best option. So, you will either need to buy bottled water from the store, or you can get water delivered to your apartment. Here are some key steps to dealing with water delivery in Shanghai (and greater China too). Getting a water dispenser If youre going to get water delivered, youll first need a water dispenser. Basically, there are 2 types: tall ones that sit on the floor, and shorter ones that you place on your countertop (or a table). I prefer the tall ones, as I find I have a lack of counter space, but not floor space. If youre able to do online purchases (or get someone to help you), head over to and search for 饮水机. The most popular ones will display first, so Id recommend getting one of those. The other key difference in water dispensers (other than their size) is the functions. The dispensers will either A) dispense hot water and room temperature water or B)...

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It seems as if Shanghai tap water is getting more dangerous, so here are some common sense tips to keep yourself safe and as healthy as you can.

If youre living in Shanghai, youve undoubtably heard about the pigs that were found in the Huangpu River, which is the source of Shanghai tap water. This very scary Foreign Policy article which tries to connect the recent pollution of water supply with 2 deaths of a new form of influenza (H7N9) that came out today has prompted me to write this post. So, what can we do? 1) DO NOT drink the tap water. All foreigners in China know this, but its important to not drink the tap water, especially now. For the past couple of months now, Ive been using bottled water for all types of cooking, including making pasta, rice, noodles, etc. I want to minimize any of the tap water getting inside my body. Its worth noting here that any Chinese restaurant you go to will undoubtably be using tap water to make their rice. So just keep that in mind. Im still using the tap water to brush my teeth, but if youre really worried, using bottled water for that is such a minimal cost that it might be a good idea. 2) Dont eat Chinese fish. Ive stuck to this for most of my time in China. When you consider the purity of the rivers, its probably best not to eat animals that live in them. 3) Dont eat Chinese produced pork (or...

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