If you stay for any length of time you’ll probably start getting delivered bottled water to your door. These are 5 gallon plastic bottles or 20 liter plastic bottles that a number of suplliers make and fill with filtered and drinkable water for 15 to 40 baht at the present time. Having filtered water gets even easier when you have a house with road access.
For a refill all you have to do, is put out the empty bottles in front of our place, pickup trucks with water passing by will refill them. If you are not at home, you can leave coins on the empty bottle, you will find a full one up on your return.
If you like to return the bottles, bring them back to the store to receive a refund.
This is certainly a very economic and convenient system, however the problem is that the bottles are used over and over in Thailand for this type of water. Green stains can be found in the bottom of the bottles. Now whether this is from the cleaning agent used for getting rid of the fungus that might build up – or whether it was fungus itself one won’t know. Also the plastic used to produce the bottles might not be food grade, many ‘Blue’ colored water containers (for quick identification) are specifically manufactured ‘food safe’. The plastic bottles delivered by open air pick up trucks will more readily leach a ‘plastic’ taste into the water because the plastic is heated up by the sun.
Water, even though it’s bottled, doesn’t mean it’s safe. On the other hand, the store bottles of Thailand’s Nestle or Singha water are always clean.
Read more about what dangers can be in drinking water here.
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