Chlorine is poiiison!!!
Actually they don’t use chlorine in Korean tap water. Even though the city government has been assuring people that Seoul’s tap water is safe to drink, Koreans seem to think the idea of drinking tap water is horrific! I grew up in America and was pretty much raised on tap water, and the taste of water should have a little chlorine and flouride in it in my opinion, otherwise it tastes funny. Korea’s tap water doesn’t taste great at all. It has a different taste in some buildings than it does in others. In my apartment it tastes a little bit like rubber (and that’s probably because somewhere along the way it passes through a rubber hose). In my old house, it tasted fine, but I had to let it run for 10 seconds or so, otherwise it would have a yellowish tint. I believe the city when it says it has good water, but I don’t trust the buildings connected to the city water supply. Water shouldn’t be yellow or rubber tasting.
How do Koreans drink water then?
Well, from what I’ve observed, the trend is to simply buy water in bottles. In addition, there are other kinds of things like large bottle delivery that can be hooked up to machines. This is the typical kind that Americans would recognize as office water coolers. If you’re really into the high-tech, though then you should check this out!
Check what out?
Well, the high tech/high class people buy water purifiers. These are pretty sweet in that they dispense chilled water or boiling hot water. There’s no need to boil water for instant coffee or instant ramen. This particular filter is made by the Tong Yang Magic Company that also makes lots of stuff for kitchens with great design! It’s so cute! The technology behind it is pretty sweet also, as not only is the temperature regulated but the filtration system is quite complex. It has four cartridges.
The best thing about it is that there’s no need for plastic bottles, and it works with tap water, so in the long term, you save money and save the Earth! (Unless of course the filters are bad for the Earth… but who cares? You’re saving money anyway.)
I think it will be another 20 or 30 years before Koreans start to trust their tap water, (as I forsee that all of the buildings that aren’t up to standards out of the way by then). Until then, drink safely!!!