COVID-19 Coronavirus | Thailand | Update 04
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COVID-19 Coronavirus | Thailand | Update 04

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update 04
Bangkok, Thailand
March 18, 2020

Hot Weather Approaches
A few days ago (Sun, 15th) we woke up to rain and thunderstorms which was a pleasant surprise (after several months of dry weather). We can tell that the hot season is approaching – daily highs are now approaching mid to upper 90’s. The hot season runs from March through to June, with April and May the hottest months of the year.  Is there any truth to hot and humid weather slowing down the transmission rate of a coronavirus (such as COVID-19)? – I guess we’ll find out!

What’s New with Us?
Nothing really new to report on our end. Since the end of February, we have been doing our own version of self-isolation – trying to stay away from COVID-19 Coronavirus. We pretty much stay indoors all of the time now, only venturing out once a day to eat lunch downstairs at our condo Thai restaurant (on first floor).

Government Restrictions
Each day the Thai government seems to be adding new restrictions. Yesterday (17th) they announced the closure of all universities, public and private schools, boxing arenas, movie theaters, bars and other entertainment venues in Metropolitan Bangkok (Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon) and Pattaya – through March 31st. And today (18th) they added nightclubs, massage parlors, sports venues to the list.

Concerns about Our Drinking Water
Looking ahead, if things progress to where we needed to stay indoors all of the time (in our condo), we were concerned about our drinking water. The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority of Bangkok promote that the tap water in Bangkok is safe to drink, however many people who live in Bangkok choose not to consume the water here (and throughout Thailand) because they’re concerned about possible contamination from leaking or aging pipes. Having the same concerns, we have been buying bottle water since we first moved to Bangkok. This is something that we have not been very happy about (due to environmental reasons – plastic found in landfills and oceans around the world, etc.). Plus, the cost of water in Thailand is so cheap – only $3 per month at the condo, so makes more sense for us to use this instead of buying bottled water.

We Found a Solution – Countertop Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System
We needed to find some sort of water filtration system for our condo. We looked locally at a few stores (along with the online website Lazada (Asia version of Amazon) but everything they offered was big, bulky and complicated to install. We could not find anything here in a countertop or portable option.  So, we started looking on Amazon and found the perfect solution. Yes, Amazon – they actually ship quite a few products to Thailand, however there is an added cost for shipping and import taxes but Amazon handles all of this for you – which is very nice!

Behold the Rkin AlcaPure Zero – Reverse Osmosis Countertop Water Filter System

Rkin AlcaPure Zero

We ordered this product from Amazon (US) and it shipped to our condo in 4 days! That’s amazing!… we could not believe how fast it got here!

Rkin AlcaPure Zero – Reverse Osmosis Countertop Water Filter System
We love our new water filtration system! It’s all self-contained and ready to go right out of the box. All you need to do is to first wash all the water containers then fill the bottom water reservoir to the “Max” mark then turn the machine on. That’s it – it’s so easy! It takes 10 minutes to provide 2L (0.53 Gal) of tasty filtered water.

This machine has 4 stages of filtration:
Stage 1 – Five Micron Sediment Filter
Stage 2 – Coconut Based Activated Carbon Block Filter
Stage 3 – Reverse Osmosis Membrane
Stage 4 – Exclusive AlcaPure Post Filter – adds tasty, beneficial minerals, Calcium and Magnesium (for Alkaline pH) back into the water.

How long do the water filters last?
Good question – we’ll be testing it out but the manufacture states the reverse osmosis filter lasts for 1 year and the remaining filters for 2 years – which seems very good. We went ahead and ordered a second set of filters for backup.

How does the filtered water from this machine taste?
It’s awesome! We are blown away by how good the water tastes from this filtration system – its even better than the high end, whole house water filtration system we had installed in our previous house.

Link to Amazon:  Rkin AlcaPure Zero RO Water Filter System

We are so relieved to have found this portable solution for our drinking water. I’m also glad that we ordered it when we did because I read now that Amazon is starting to limit warehouse shipments (prioritizing medical supplies and household goods).

So between this new water filter system and the food and supplies that we have already stocked up on – I think we are in good shape to last up to 2 months (maybe longer if we watch our portions).

Mythical Dean

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