Bottled Water

China still tests bottled drinking water using 'Soviet standards'

Nongfu Spring water is sold in Beijing. The brand saw its sales of bottled water drop after a newspaper investigated its quality standards. Photo: Ricky Wong

China still follows regulations adopted from the Soviet Union to test bottled drinking water, the Beijing News reported on Thursday.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Briefs, January 4, 2013

Singer Patti Page. Photo: Reuters

Australia runs hot while India chills

4 Jan 2013 - 6:04am

Panic buying of bottled water

The southwestern city of Mianyang is scrambling to dispatch water to hundreds of thousands of residents whose drinking water has been polluted by a factory's ore residue.

Grocery stores and shopping malls in the city in Sichuan province have been cleared out of bottled water after the government issued a notice on Tuesday warning against drinking tap water.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Out of sight, but peace of mind

The last thing you want is your kitchen looking like a laboratory, with ugly water filtration systems blighting the bench top and taking up valuable space.

One solution is to hide it under the counter with a reverse osmosis system.

The procedure works by separating contaminants, forcing water through a semi-permeable membrane.

4 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Stop before you gulp

The office water cooler has become an institution, filling the same role as the village square in the olden days. We stand there exchanging gossip as we sip refreshing cold water or make hot tea. At other times, we grab a bottle in the shops before we go on a hike or while we run errands in town.

10 May 2010 - 12:00am

Water coolers get green makeover

Next time you're around the water cooler, here is something that may be deemed worthy of discussion: the amount spent by state governments in the United States on bottled water would send a shiver through Mr Wong in accounts.

3 May 2010 - 12:00am

Packs of toilet paper with extra rolls not a bargain, watchdog says

Promotional packs of toilet paper offering '10+2' are not such a good deal because they are lighter than 10-roll packs, the Consumer Council warns.

In one case it studied, a 12-roll pack had a total net weight of 1.764kg, compared with 1.8kg for the brand's 10-roll pack. Each roll from the 12-roll pack weighed 147 grams net - 33 grams less than in the 10-roll pack.

16 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

When it comes to liquid assets that cost the Earth, have you got the bottle to drink tap water?

What's up with water? Some consumers are willing to pay up to US$100 for a litre of the stuff in a bottle, in the belief it is healthier than the water that flows freely from the tap. The pricey liquid in question, 420 Volcanic, is marketed as natural spring water filtered through 200 metres of volcanic rock.

17 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Adverts transform tap water into fine liqueur

New York

There may be no such thing as a free lunch in this world. But New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg wants people to believe they can get a free treat in the city. It is easily accessible and flows from the taps of rich and poor alike - yes, he's talking about tap water.

3 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Water - the elixir of life

Our bodies are made up of between 45 and 55 litres of water. The exact amount depends on your weight, sex, genetic makeup, diet, the amount of exercise you do and weather conditions.

Did you know that humans can survive for six weeks without food but we can't live for more than a week without water?

19 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Get a taste of change

FIRST-TIME VISITORS to Hong Kong are often overwhelmed by the convenience and choices the city offers. You can buy almost anything at any time of the day, thanks to the proliferation of convenience stores, with an open 7-Eleven or Circle K on every corner.

11 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Health-conscious Hongkongers turning more to bottled water

Increasingly polluted water from the Pearl River Delta and rising health concerns pushed thirsty Hong Kong consumers to guzzle their way through the equivalent of more than 150 Olympic swimming pools of bottled water last year.

24 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Buddhists clean up with 'mercy' water

Buddhist officials seized on a harmonious business opportunity during the exhibition of sacred relics in Wan Chai, selling 43,200 bottles of blessed bottled water at double the retail price.

Visitors to the Convention and Exhibition Centre snapped up bottles of Vita brand distilled water - labelled 'mercy water' - during the 10-day exhibition.

6 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Bottled waters in India fail EU tests for contaminants

Along with a rucksack and money bag, foreigners in India always carry a bottle of mineral water because they don't trust tap water. But they should not have faith in the bottle's contents.

7 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Confidence in our water draining away

I was surprised to read that 87 per cent of Hong Kong people find water quality 'acceptable' ('40pc 'use filters to purify tap water' ', South China Morning Post, December 22).

4 Jan 2002 - 12:00am