But sometimes that drink came with more than its thirst quenching qualities. Early humans thought that the taste of the water determined its purity, and they did not consider that even the best tasting water could contain disease-causing organisms. We know now that just because water tastes good, it is not necessarily safe to drink. However, the efforts of these water treatment pioneers were not in vain. It was through their trials and errors that we now know how to make water safe to drink.
Hundreds of thousands of people died in the 1700's and 1800's of water-bourne diseases, all across Europe. This number was almost certainly at least replicated, if not doubled or tripled, in Asia.
As I said, a thoughtless claim with absolutely no basis in fact whatsoever.
Another thoughtless idea completely devoid of any factual basis.
Edited by Harte, 02 December 2011 - 01:26 PM.