Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

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Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by Chocolate Eclair » Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:16 pm

There is already the concern about bottled water cropping its head above the skyline in Luxor. This has already been a problem in Hurghada and other places in Egypt, and it seems as though it is now knocking on Luxors doorstep... So beware, I know many of us have filter systems but for those who have not, make sure you have agood supply in.



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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by Who2 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:18 pm

Or one could always buy a filter system they come in all shapes and sizes and range in prices, plus it saves all that lugging heavy bottles around and the probable onset of a heart attack also caused by worrying about the lack of water,or even dig your own fresh water well.
PS:this is a hot country you know! not much rain around here. Hurgharda always has a water problem cause there ain't no water in Hurgharda except sea water of course and it's not even red....:cool:
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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by Bombay » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:30 am

Stick to quality brands of bottled water i.e. Nestle, also there is no piped water in Hurghada as such its tanked in and not recommended for drinking, never has been. I know some people on this site are always looking for their cheapest drink normally without tax included in a dual pricing town but stick to brand names when it comes to water. Some bars may mourn the demise of some of u, however not the Government as you do not believe you should be liable for taxes.
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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by Chocolate Eclair » Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:51 am

Bombay when you say the water in Hurghada is not fit to drink, I personally would not like to drink the Luxor water either, full of chlorine and nasty bugs that make the anus expand and contract, Halfcrown, Sixpence, Dustbin Lid, Hope that is not too graphic for some Forum members. :lol: :lol:

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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by Bombay » Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:24 am

CE I don't drink tap water in Luxor either I am not sure its as chlorinated as much as before.

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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by LivinginLuxor » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:42 am

Up until recently, I've never drank the tap water here either - tastes foul. However, I was told an excellent way to make it palatable. Boil a kettle, let the water cool slightly, and pour it into a plastic water bottle - quite safe - and freeze it. Don't fill the bottle completely, to allow for expansion, et voila, iced water! Tastes better than Baraka - but for the hassle involved, I think it really is only really useful for cheapskates!
I might agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong!
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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by TonyC » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:31 am

CE doesn't make it at all clear what the looming crisis is! He says the "crisis" concerns bottled water. So is Luxor threatened by contaminated mineral water? Or is it just that a few days ago some shops were saying that deliveries were low?

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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by A-Four » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:11 am

LivinginLuxor wrote:Up until recently, I've never drank the tap water here either - tastes foul. However, I was told an excellent way to make it palatable. Boil a kettle, let the water cool slightly!
Hold it there Stan, you should remember that germs in water only begin to be killed off once the water STARTS to boil, any nurse on here would tell you, it needs to boil for at least 5mins. Before the days of the electric kettle in the U.K., water was allowed to boil for much longer, that is why in the old open cafe's in Egypt today you will notice the constantly boiling water. Most salt free FLOWING water is safe when boiled in this manner any where in the world.

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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by Teddyboy » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:14 am

"Or is it just that a few days ago some shops were saying that deliveries were low?"

It might not be a case of 'just' TonyC. With a significant number of water sources being out of action, the bottled water supply might not be able to meet demand on a national level. In my immediate vicinity, there's currently only Dasani, and while the taste is OK, I just hate adding to the Coca Cola Company coffers! (Plus I'm having to pay 2.50le for it.)

You never know, but we may all be trying out Stan's recipe above, before too long!

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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by Who2 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:31 am

With all this talk about water it's lack of and it's contamination my I suggest returning to the 'old ways.
When London's tap water was contaminated the populous turned to drinking 'mothers ruin Gin, there were 4 Gin distilleries in Clerkenwell alone.
So, I invite you all to join the Luxor Vinification Club™. At this time of the year there is an abundance of....dates [bella].
There are hundreds of simple but effective recipes available: http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/reques64.asp
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So, turn a crisis into a creation that's also good for the heart and dates have a high tannin content and are used in traditional medicine as a detersive (having cleansing power) and astringent in intestinal troubles. One traditional belief is that it can counteract
{alcohol intoxication} oxymoronic ? me-thinks......:cool: worry worry worry........
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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by TonyC » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:44 am

I hope bottled water doesn't dry up, for the sake of forum members who use it. But I won't be panicking ... I've got a water filter! I would set up a stall if it does become a crisis, but passing trade along the West Bank small canal would be limited.

I heard of Stan's method employed. Someone else tells me they fill plastic bottles from the tap, leave the caps off for a day or two so chemicals evaporate, and then chills them in the fridge.

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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by Bullet Magnet » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:30 am

Could this just be another ruse to push up the prices ? Like the gas bottles earlier this year.

remember, scarcity = profit.

Plan ahead and boil the water, bottle it and put it in your fridge, save it for a rainy day.. so to speak.. :cg
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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by Angela » Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:55 pm

We have well water that we don't drink so spend a fortune on bottled. I reckon one of these is the way forward, after the initial outlay, I'll be quids in http://www.berkeywater.com/start.main.html

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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by Who2 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:30 pm

Of course if the going gets really tough, you could always slice a cactus wait a few hours and drink that, for the more practical amongst us dig a hole in the desert cover it in a tent shaped piece of plastic 11266
and chill out, buying water ? selling water 'what a clever idea! No doubt someone will go to war over it one of these days...:cool:
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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by Who2 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:46 pm

Who2 wrote:With all this talk about water it's lack of and it's contamination my I suggest returning to the 'old ways.
When London's tap water was contaminated the populous turned to drinking 'mothers ruin Gin, there were 4 Gin distilleries in Clerkenwell alone.
So, I invite you all to join the Luxor Vinification Club™. At this time of the year there is an abundance of....dates [bella].
There are hundreds of simple but effective recipes available: http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/reques64.asp
11265
So, turn a crisis into a creation that's also good for the heart and dates have a high tannin content and are used in traditional medicine as a detersive (having cleansing power) and astringent in intestinal troubles. One traditional belief is that it can counteract
{alcohol intoxication} oxymoronic ? me-thinks......:cool: worry worry worry........
A very interesting post Thank You, any recipes for a pound of cooked lentils....anon
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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by Dusak » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:17 pm

And when we all start to use our kettles to boil the water, we again have no gas/electricity. I just fill the old bottle up with tap water and chill it in the fridge, never had a bad tum yet. And P.S up to now have had to re-log in 6 times!

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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by DJKeefy » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:53 pm

Dusak wrote:And P.S up to now have had to re-log in 6 times!
There is no prize for this Dusak :lol:
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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by Teddyboy » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:37 pm

"There is no prize for this Dusak"

Maybe you could start a competition though, Keefy?

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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by BENNU » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:41 pm

Teddyboy wrote:"There is no prize for this Dusak"

Maybe you could start a competition though, Keefy?
I think that I'll win!

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Re: Another Crisis about to hit Luxor

Post by Scottishtourist » Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:25 am

Boil out the water for 5 mins. Plunge into cold after and cool rapidly
Do NOT place in fridge whilst cooling!!!!Bacteria still breeding!!!
Once cold,bottle,no need for filters.
Where d'u lot learn your lot for making babies bottles?
I'm nurse A-Four and this is basic hygiene...but they probably won't believe me anyway!!!lol!!!

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