Liquid Water

Distilled water incident 'an accident'

Police say an incident where an Indonesian maid became ill after drinking a bottle of distilled water was probably an accident. The maid, 24, suffered throat pain and vomiting after drinking a bottle of Vita distilled water suspected to contain caustic soda.

Friday, 8 April, 2011, 12:00am

The truth about water

Bottled water has been making inroads in Hong Kong and on the mainland. It is convenient for people who do not trust their water sources and drink only boiled water.

24 May 2010 - 12:00am

Top Tips: Spray it with love, use mineral water

While some women spend a lot of time and money on skin care, Hong Kong actress Catherine Hung Yan has a simple, inexpensive beauty routine.

13 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Drinking bottled water has environmental price tag

There was a time when everyone in Hong Kong took drinking water from the tap. Now bottled water is the preferred choice of many. Tap water is practically free. This raises the question of why people are prepared to pay for something that can be had for nothing.

16 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Qingdao to use seawater for flushing toilets

Residents in the coastal city of Qingdao will soon be flushing their toilets with seawater as authorities seek to tackle a chronic water shortage.

'It is quite easy,' said a spokesman for the city's water supply bureau. 'We'll simply dig a large well near the seaside to store the seawater, disinfect it and then pump it into the homes.'

19 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Plain tap water

It is good to see the Consumer Council is on the mark and quickly brings us information about such things as the fact that most mineral water contains no more of the good stuff than tap water.

However, the council was beaten to it 26 years ago by journalist Chris Hilton, in an RTHK production investigative report into mineral, distilled and spring waters.

27 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Drinking problem

HAD SAMUEL Taylor Coleridge's Ancient Mariner been around today he might have had to retract his paraphrased lament about water everywhere and not a drop to drink. Increasing concerns over the quality of tap water have made bottled H2O a US$35 billion (HK$272.3 billion) industry worldwide and the fastest-growing segment in the global beverage industry.

26 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Self-styled businessman takes on mission to refine local tastes for one of life's most basic necessities

YOU WOULD NEVER catch Vincent Wan drinking water that comes from the tap. The brand of mineral water he drinks depends on his mood and the time of day. He even waters his flowers with mineral water and his fish tank is filled with only the finest bottled water from France.

10 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

New brand springs up in water wars

A glass of water used to mean a trip to the kitchen tap. Now it takes a visit to the supermarket and a toss-up between an ever-increasing range of bottles.

There's distilled water, mineral water, mineralised water, natural mineral water, spring water and oxygenated water. And, if you weren't confused enough already, now there's distilled water with minerals.

9 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Claims are as clear as murky water

Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.

Well. Not safely anyway.

That's how it feels here in Hong Kong, where ex-raindrops are the stuff of heated debates and health scares.

Yesterday Guangdong officials said they'd try and put our minds at rest by publishing data on the quality of liquid flowing across our border and into our sinks.

24 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

'Distilled versus mineral' spat leaves consumers the losers

WATER used to fall from the sky and we drank it. Now it is so complicated you need a manual to understand it.

31 Oct 1999 - 12:00am


We refer to your report headlined, 'Distilled water can pose risk for hikers' (Sunday Morning Post, September 26). We are happy to offer some further information about bottled water.

Distilled water is the purest and the safest water on the market today. Watson's employs a number of processes to prepare its own water, beginning with multi-filtration pre-treatments.

10 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

Does distilled water leach minerals from the body? The answer is no. It is a mistaken belief that drinking pure distilled water reduces or draws out minerals from our tissues. There are two kinds of minerals - organic and inorganic. Of course we need minerals for good health, but our bodies have difficulty absorbing the inorganic minerals in tap water.

2 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Sodium clouds the merits of mineral waters

THEY are expensive, fashionable and maybe even taste better, but is mineral water healthier than the tap or distilled variety? Probably not, say nutritionists and doctors, adding that if a person has a healthy diet and lifestyle, the benefits of minerals in the popular bottled waters are negligible.

7 Mar 1993 - 12:00am