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Re: Britain's Lost Waterlands

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Posted by Peter Ceresole on February 11, 2017 at 05:51:12 user PeterC.

In Reply to: Re: Britain's Lost Waterlands posted by John Nichols on February 10, 2017 at 06:14:39:

Clean water and plumbing (no foul arrows or slings please) is an important consideration at the time and really up to to that point in time and one must say in Flint now.

I'd have thought that at the time, clean water would have been crucial, what with surrounding farming, and the lakes being such convenient sinks for sewage, and tea would have been a solution. As it is now with roadside tea sellers in India, where water borne diseases are very common.
In Delhi, I used to get tea from a roadside seller. He had a clay built charcoal fireplace, always lit, with a metal kettle. He added the milk and sugar before putting it on to boil. He would then pour it into unfired clay cups, which would last just long enough for you to drink the tea, but which would collapse into a lump of clay shortly afterwards, and be added to a pile of waste clay nearby. Result; you were assured that the tea was sterile, and that your actual cup was freshly made and free of contamination from previous customers.
It seemed to work; I drank quite a few cups from the particular seller, and had no gut troubles at all.
Flint's lead contamination wouldn't be be fixed by tea drinking, however.

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