The COVID-19 situation is not yet cleared out, and some outbreaks occur episodically in China. Some most recent ones happened in Beijing, Shijiazhuang and Shenyang, etc. As a result of those outbreaks, to obtain safe drinking water is proving harder for many people. Please read the paragraphs below to know why, and how to palliate this issue...
How Covid makes it even more difficult
to get drinking water in China?
Take Beijing for example. Recent COVID outbreak in Shunyi received immediate response from the local authorities. During the last weekend of December, massive mandatory testing was performed across the district and Shunyi entered a “war-time” state.
Shunyi residents waiting in line for the nucleic acid test.
Besides mandatory testing, many compounds introduced very stringent entry/exit regulations regarding who can go inside the compound and non-residents are allowed only with a negative COVID test result. To reduce the risk of cross-infection, many of the service providers such as express packaging deliveries (kuaidi) or food deliveries (waimai) cannot legally enter the compound and provide door-to-door services like before. In this new situation, all of those services are being provided in front of the gate of the compound.
Kuaidi deliveries during COVID waiting for customers to pick up the package themselves.
Bringing your package or dinner back home already feels like a hassle, but what about carrying 19L- barrel of water? Because water delivery men are usually non-residents and are not allowed to enter the compound, getting a drinking water become an issue for many of the Shunyi residents who were reliant on those deliveries.
The process of getting drinking water is not pleasant
If you are one of those people who order the water in barrels you know how inconvenient it is. Ordering water requires making a phone call and appointment with the delivery men which is not an easy process if you are not speaking Chinese. A big inconvenience is that to access drinking water you are fully dependent on external conditions. Does the deliveryman have time today? Can you stay at home to wait for the delivery? What if the water runs out at 10 pm when you were just about to make yourself a cup of tea before bed? Under normal circumstances the whole process is complex enough. In times of special situation, it is even more difficult.
Some more concerning factors related to bottled water
During pandemics there is an additional danger of direct contact with a delivery person and indirect contamination through multiple mediators who touched the bottle before it reached your home. It is also impossible to confirm that the proper measures were taken during disinfection of the water containers and how exactly they were disinfected.
Moreover, in office spaces, using barrel water is especially dangerous! Look at how water dispenser works. Every time you pour some water to the cup, the air gets inside the barrel creating a possibility of cross-contamination. The water, air and suitable temperature in the water dispenser provide suitable conditions for the reproduction of Escherichia coli, an aerobic bacteria, mold, other bacteria and viruses.
Interestingly, shortly after the outbreak of the epidemic, the Beijing Bottled Water Industry Association issued a notice whichsaid that "it was recommended to temporarily remove bottled water fromshelves and use disposable packaging water instead of bottled water". It was suggested to remove recycled bottled water from shelves to avoid cross infection caused by repeated use of bottles. At this point, we would like to remind you that it is very important that bottled water is consumed within 5-7days after leaving the factory. Also, after opening the bottle, if the bottle stays open for too long, the quality of drinking water can be seriously affected or even dangerous.
The relevant departments have detected the bottled water that has been open for two weeks,and the results showed that the total number of bacteria exceeded the upper limit of the factory standard for bottled water by 12.5 times.
Currently there is no system in place that secures the quality of the barreled water and there were multiple safety incidents in the past where water sellers often mix original brand water with tap water and sell it under fake seals in order to increase profits. If you have any concerns, dial the ‘95001111’ which is acontact number of China's Product Quality Electronic Supervision Network, provide the supervision code found on the lid of the bottle, to make an inquiry and check if you water is authentic.
The amount of toxins found in the water increases with time.
The other alternative for people who cannot get the barrels delivered is to buy small bottled water in the supermarket, which is very exhausting, expensive, and not eco-friendly.
Healthy drinking water and stable supply needed during the COVID time
To invest in a drinking water water purifier will be a good option. For years, Greenwave recommends Reverse Osmosis (RO) Systems (with post reminerlization) comparing to others! When you drink a glass of the purified water, you are drinking water in its purest form.
Source: Water Proccessing: Third Edition’, Wes McGowan, Water Quality Association, 2001
For people having questions, we recommend RO systems over others. To find some comparison for different water filters in the market, please click on the following picture and read the contents in the hyperlinked page.
Rent a RO drinking water purifier with pipeline water dispenser
The quality RO systems could neither be that expensive, nor cause any uncertainties related to the installation and after sales services, especially for these using bottled water for drinking and cooking. Everything could be arranged simply through service providers like us Greenwave with a minimum of 8 rmb per day. Users could choose to rent one system at flexible durations such as 3 months/6 months or 12 months. The longer the rental is, the more competitive the price will be.
We will help with delivery, installation ( with customized taps and adapters), regular reminder for the filter change, on time indoor maintenance and even moving based on the needs. All the services needed will be fulfilled here professionally and easily. For the rental service, our ClearFallx shower filter will be gifted as well once the rental time is above 1 year.
For offices, hotels, restaurants, fitness centers and so on where bottled water is used, some competitive alternatives are readily existent there too. These will make the water use much simpler with no logistic hassle and less plastic waste while the water quality could be secured more. Contact us if interested in knowing more.
Safe service secured for all clients
We hope that the situation will improve soon for our clients and friends in these COVID affected cities. In the meantime, getting purified water directly from your tap will definitely serve as an upgrade in cleanliness and protection! Please read our small notice below to be ensured of the safety of our procedures when you have our filters or services carried out at your place: