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Don't drink the water.. 
19th-Oct-2007 13:08
ginko with tea 3
 

My beloved Aniki alerted me to the fact that the giardia parasite has been found in Oslo tapwater, and people are advised to boil the water before drinking. So, like everyone else, I'm off to hoard bottled water.

New motivation to go to work: the water cooler.

Aniki also said that the parasite dies at 80°C and can't survive for more than 10 minutes at 70°C, so there's no need to boil the water for three minutes as the authorities say. I don't know where he got that information from, though. I hope he's right, for the sake of my tea - it'd be way too expensive to boil bottled water. Some sources say coffee makers don't get hot enough to kill it - isn't coffee supposed to be 90°C?

All the more reason to drink beer.
Comments 
19th-Oct-2007 12:29 (UTC)
Boiling for three minutes is the standard for purifying water - it kills basically everything, not just the parasite in question.
19th-Oct-2007 15:58 (UTC)
Unfortunately, it also kills the taste. (thanks, though)

one of the pages linked to from the wikipedia article says to boil for one minute, so I still don't have a definite answer as to whether normal teamaking is safe or not.
19th-Oct-2007 17:57 (UTC)
Anonymous
Why not just boil the water then store it in jugs?
Then use that "bottled" water for tea?

Alternately, does Norway not have water filling stations?
19th-Oct-2007 17:57 (UTC)
Oops, that was me.
19th-Oct-2007 21:12 (UTC) - Real tea is safe.
I'm rather sure you're boiling water for tea in a pot or a water boiler, and not using a coffe or tea maker. This is safe provided you bring the water to a boil, and then do not let the tea/water cool to below 70 degrees before tree minutes has passed.
Use a large tea cup or a kettle, the larger the better, and if you make tea for someone else who actually want to put milk, lemon, sugar or other impurities into their tea you need to remember not to add such things before the tea is finished breving.
Also remember to dry your dishes thoroughly after cleaning.
19th-Oct-2007 22:51 (UTC)
Just boil it first. Makes way more sense than wasting money on bottled water.

Then again, I buy bottled water, but I'm also a lazy bastard.
20th-Oct-2007 12:44 (UTC)
I buy bottled water when I drink water, but that's more out of "Holy crap, Angola water hurt me a hell of a lot and I'm never going to do that again."
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