Why should you invest in China water filters for your home and office?
Authorities acknowledge that China tap water is not suitable for consuming directly, so advise residents that it must be boiled first.
Just boiling your water, however, will not remove all pollutants. Boiling water will kill bacteria, but not eliminate many metals and chemicals.
There are several different types of water filters you should install in your home in China, which we look at below. There are also different technologies for filtering water which we look at in more detail in our best drinking water filter article.
We have a list of water and shower filter suppliers as well as bottled water delivery services in China at the end of this article.
There are many reasons why you should be wary of the tap water in Shanghai as we discussed in our Shanghai water article. Installing China water filters in both the kitchen and bathroom, therefore, is highly recommended to make your tap water potable, as well as for washing vegetables and brushing teeth.
As mentioned in our Shanghai food safety article, however, it is recommended to peel fruits and vegetables rather than just washing them due to the high amounts of pesticides used in agriculture in China. A better option would be to buy organic food in China so that this is not so necessary.
Testing your water quality before and after you install China water filters is also a good way to identify contaminants and ensure safety. Several suppliers listed below offer free water quality tests for your home and office in China.
One potentially harmful chemical in tap water is chlorine which is added by water companies in order to kill bacteria, as is common in most countries.
The amount of chlorine used in China tap water, however, is suspected to be higher than in other countries to ensure that the water is disinfected thoroughly.
Chlorine is dangerous to humans at certain amounts over long periods of time. When it enters the bloodstream directly through inhalation and skin absorption it is actually more harmful than when it is digested during drinking.
It has been found that when taking a hot shower significant amounts of chlorine can be inhaled and absorbed. So foreign doctors in China highly recommend shower filters be installed in your home to remove chlorine from the shower water. Fortunately, these are easy to install and not very expensive to buy in China.
As many expats prefer not to drink boiled tap water in China they often rely on bottled water.
Many experts, however, argue that using a high-quality drinking water filter is much better than relying on bottled water for both health and the environmental reasons.
Certainly single use plastic drinking water bottles should be avoided if possible as they are very bad for the environment. For those who buy the larger recyclable water bottles for coolers it is recommended you spend the extra few Yuan and buy from a large reputable company to avoid poor quality or even fake filtered water.
If you must consume bottled water in China be sure to follow these tips: