British Water

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KettleAlmost any public warm water tap in Britain is accompanied by a sign saying Caution! Hot Water!

Some even read Very Hot Water, and provide even more serious warnings related to the water temperature.

The famous hot water taps in Heathrow airport must have scaled the hands of countless travellers. Can anyone tell me the logic behind maintaining a hot water supply at ludicrous temperature levels? I can see the anti-bacterial effect, but if it requires serious health warnings and causes scalding in turn, plus of course an enormous waste of energy, then I am not so sure.

Is there any reason, of is it just an insane cultural habit?

4 thoughts on “British Water

  1. As Heathrow seems to be my second home these days, I can confirm that there are hot water signs everywhere, however, the water will only turn very hot when you have the water running for a longer time. Regarding the hygiene: it should be enough to heat the boiler above 70 C sporadically to kill of legionella and the like, so it would not be necessary to have very hot water all the time….

  2. Sure they are: fill tub, slide in, close eyes and relax.
    I’m a shower man myself, though. Need a shower to wake up.

  3. Hmmm, I dont remember the scalding part in Heathrow, perhaps I have forgotten. Nor do I remember the hot water signs. I could use with that kind of hot water in some of the rest areas on major highways here, where the taps have to be turned “on” for ages before I get a trickle of warm water.

    And did I hear Jane say showers are hard work? You mean baths are easy?

  4. At work there is a very funny sign in the Ladies that says ‘Water Can Be Hot’. errr…well, yes it can.

    I like to have the water at home at quite a high temperature as I’m a bather not a showerer (showers are hard work). Our bath takes a long time to fill and I do like it FULL. If the water came out of the tap warm by the time I got in it it would be cold.

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