Shortly after a couple moved into an apartment in Beijing, China, they became ill.
According to the Jam Press news agency, the man in the relationship started losing his hair and suddenly developed a lot of pimples.
His girlfriend is said to have started coughing and felt discomfort in her chest.
He was amazed
After six months in the apartment, the man discovered that he had not paid a single water bill, the news agency wrote.
However, water continued to flow into the taps.
When the man, identified by the news agency here only as Tan, checked the water meters, he was amazed that nothing happened when he left the water running in the taps.
But what happened is that the gray water meter malfunctioned.
Gray water It is wastewater that usually comes from kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
The couple called a plumber, who discovered a pipe connecting the toilet to the pipes running to the faucets and shower.
It emerged that the couple had been cooking rice, bathing – and even drinking – toilet water for six months, the news agency wrote.
Tan is now demanding compensation from the company from which they rented the apartment.
They ask for 10,000 RMB, roughly equivalent to 15,000 Norwegian kroner, for every month they live and drink slow water.
Full of bacteria
Drinking toilet water is – perhaps not surprisingly – dangerous.
The cause is all types of bacteria that arise from feces, urine and vomit, for example.
Even if the toilet is flushed after use, remaining bacteria, such as E. coli, can cause severe diarrhea, stomach cramps and skin infections.
Sent to good
The leasing company, which was not named, notes that all tenants in the building in question must fetch drinking water from a nearby well, Jam Press reported.
The couple claims they were never told about this and that they cooked, showered and drank tap water in good faith.
They have now removed the pipe connecting the toilet to the tap water, and are demanding compensation.
Tan told the news agency that he was in negotiations with the leasing company.
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