Category Archives: water

Paip SeKolah : The Thirst Was History

Far better than Pepsi-Cola : it was cool, refreshing and clear.  And F-O-C and F-O-S too (free-of-charge,and free-of-sugar)

Just reminiscing my primary school days, when after a PE lesson or a game of football, we kids made a beeline for the solitary standpipe in the school compound, and got our thirsty throats quenched.

No SWEAT for us to gulp down this unadulterated H-TWO-O; just opened our mouths big big, and turned on the tap handle, and the thirst was history.

My late mum cautioned me against drinking straight from the tap for the fear of water-borne diseases.  She always made me carry a bottle of boiled water from home.  But….drinking from Paip Sekolah was a totally different experience.  I never told her.

Served By The Well

In the old village where I grew up there was no tap water for homes, except for the few houses that lined the main road.   However, our drinking and washing needs were well-served.   Each house had its own well – no need to pay any bills and unlimited usage !

Everyone took cold showers by pouring pail after pail of water over the head, but no one fell sick.  For cooking, we would pass the well water through a sand filter first.

During the dry season, sometimes the water level dropped to less than a bucket height.  But in the rain season the water level rose up to almost floor level, and often we got ‘cacing’ (worms) as long as 6 inches in the water.