Why Britain uses separate hot and cold taps

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+24 1. sux2bu commented 9 years ago

1:04 Taking a hot shower with rotting, putrified rat remains in it does not sound very healthy. :S
But the info was interesting.
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0 2. WildMonkey commented 9 years ago

It's insane that any water for domestic use would be considered by any means unsafe...this is lunacy
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+7 3. Kulgash commented 9 years ago

Meanwhile, 780 million people on earth don't even have access to clean water supply at all. :'(
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0 4. darkmas commented 9 years ago

hot water pipes may export at times of embargo, ssly 8-)
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-6 5. lokenwow commented 9 years ago

what a load of crap, Being a UK resident my whole life and using mixer taps since the 90's when they became popular these single taps are only used in "period" properties where people either don't want to update to a modern water system or cant for reasons of preserving the property as it was made.
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+8 6. Guss commented 9 years ago

#2 it is not advisable to drink water from hot water circuit because if it's not enough hot some bacterias can grow fast like legionella
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+4 7. Scotsman50 commented 9 years ago

#5 What a load of crap!!! I have built houses for 30 years and the Mains cold water comes into the house always in the Kitchen (1 pipe with shut off valve) and it is then sent to the Boiler where it is heated to required temp on a mixer tap system. Cold water on a twin system goes straight to the tap with a separate feed to the boiler for hot with a non return valve. Many new houses are built with twin taps infact, more than with mixer ones, and I personally would never drink out a tap that has passed hot water. My Kitchen has a mixer and if I want a drink I will go to the bathroom and take water from the cold tap on the bath and chill it in the fridge.
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+1 8. cameramaster commented 9 years ago

#7. Scotsman50 Your dead right, I have mixer taps in the bathroom (sink and bath) and in the Kitchen. My central heating is on a different system though, I live in a block of flats so we have a shared central boiler.
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+1 9. Judge-Jake commented 9 years ago

If you have a cold water storage tank in the loft (The sort that dead rats and pigeons like) doesn't that feed the cold taps in the bathroom anyway?
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+6 10. Sizzlik (admin) commented 9 years ago

#8 Im now really off topic and sound like a youtube troll/grammar nazi..but even a 60+ native english speaker does the mistake of your/you're? Im either in awe or im simply stupid. I accept both =)
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+9 11. captain_obvious commented 9 years ago

im from holland. and we use perfectly good drinking water, to flush.
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+1 12. krazeeeyez commented 9 years ago

0:14 Did the Windows update finish?? :S
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-3 13. Xionbox (moderator) commented 9 years ago

This is the silliest reason I've *ever* heard! May it be in France, Germany or Luxembourg (countries I have lived in), we're always told to drink cold water instead of hot water for bacterial reasons, as noted by #6. This isn't prevent anyone from living in post-1940s with actual practical taps! Just turn the temperature thingy to the left to get only cold water, and ta-da, you're done!

Plus, #7, taking infected water and chilling it won't make it cleaner after you drink it: bacteria will start developing again once it's in a warmer environment, read your 38°C body.

I guess the only reasonable argument this bloke makes is tradition as he says at the beginning of the video (and the 1999 regulations which sound straight out of Mary Poppins).
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+2 14. glassweaver commented 9 years ago

#13 - I think you misread #7 's comment. He was saying he takes it from the cold tap - not the hot one. He's saying that since the kitchen has a mixer, he'll go to the bathroom where there's separate taps. Then he makes it even colder in the fridge (not sure why he added that bit though).

As to turning it to the left, that's not necessarily good enough if the hot water is extremely unsanitary. Think about it this way - if I dropped a fat shit in your pipes, would you feel comfortable and safe if you just ran the water for a couple seconds after it came out?

As to the regulations, if you're in an older home it does not have to adhere to current day codes. It just has to adhere to the codes in which it was originally built. SO - older home/building + unsanitary water tank = pretty much the same thing as me taking a fat shit in your hot water pipes, unless you can verify otherwise. Now THAT...that still being a valid issue could in turn lead to lots of tradition with this practice.