Drinking Country Water in Thailand

Mar 25, 2011 | Portraits & People, Travel & Culture

This is Dom filling up the drinking water from the ceramic pots outside Grandma’s house. The water in the pots come from a pipe that’s connected to the local water hole. The same water hole where the water buffaloes go to bath… and most likely they do other unsanitary things as well. I’m not sure if the water is filtered before it gets to villagers but I definitely don’t drink it. I took a quick peek inside the pot and saw all sorts of things… mainly small worms and bugs. How are the villagers not getting sick? Heck… I got a fever just by looking in the pot :-d

Bottled water from the store is the only thing I drink. I go through 3-4 bottles a day, thank goodness the bottle water is cheap here. For less than a dollar I can get a six pack of the size shown in the photo. That’s a great price since one bottle at the store in America can cost a dollar or even more. After I’m finished with the bottles I give it to Dom to fill up for the family to reuse.

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Software Used for Processing Photo:
Photomatix – Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Adjust – Photoshop plugin used to enhance details.
Topaz DeNoise – Photoshop plugin used to eliminate noise.
Topaz CleanPhotoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.

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Photography Style: High Dynamic Range
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L USM
Photo Location: PBuriram, Isan, Thailand