Before Christmas I was sick for a month. It started with amoebas, continued with typhoid and ended with worms and stomach bugs. Now I’m dewormed and debugged but a bit paranoid about what to eat and what to avoid.
At work they use water from the water tank for coffee and tea. Before they used borehole water but for some reason the water is only dripping from that tap. My colleagues claim the water tank water is very clean but I’ve seen that water almost brown some times. Also, their stomachs might be used to it, but I’m a bit worried about my slightly damaged intestine. As a precaution I decided to start using bottled water to make my coffee from now on.
On my way to the shop to buy water I passed a tea stand under a big tree where some of my colleagues have their breakfast. One of them invited me to join. Swedish as I am, I like to sit down and have a coffee and a chat. In Sweden we normally have coffee breaks every day with colleagues. Feeling a bit like home and happy to be invited I sat down on one of the plastic chairs and my colleague ordered tea for me.
While enjoying my much too sweet tea I realized that this water was probably not very clean. My concern was confirmed when I saw a man sitting next to me having a glass of cold water. The water in his glass was not clear. It was yellow. Too late I realized my stupid mistake. I just hope the water had been boiled enough time to kill all parasites.
However, what is considered dirty for me may be considered clean for others. It depends on what you compare it to. As another colleague once told me; “During the war there were dead bodies in the river. We just wiped away the blood from the surface and drank the water. That water was not clean, but the water in our office… It’s clean.”