The nagging issues that keep popping up as we approach the 2008 Olympics in Beijing have many observers concerned, though it seems like everyone always worries about whether the Olympic host city will be ready, and it seems to turn out just fine. But there does seem to be a major issue in China: They're asking people not to drink the tap water.
"The quality of the water provided by the water plants is safe enough," said Bi Xiaogang, vice director general of the Beijing Water Management Bureau. "The water is contaminated during the secondary supply process, in the transfer of water. Therefore it is not safe to drink from the tap," Bi said. "We are still working on upgrading the secondary facilities. But in the Olympic Village we will provide safe drinking water from the tap."
Hey, who needs water at the Olympics? The main thing, of course, is if you do drink the water, please don't spit it back up.