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Would You Drink Rain Water?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Pete Incaviglia, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    Easily one of the dumbest threads I've started, but it's pissing down rain in my neck of the woods. My wife says there's no way you could/should rink rain water — even if you boil it.

    I say you can, if you boil it.

    My buddy says he'd drink it — if it wasn't the "dreaded acid rain from the 1980s."

    Would you drink it? Should I drink it if I boil it?
     
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    You are correct about one thing.
     
  3. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I'd drink it. Got a bucket?
     
  4. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    I've caught a whole pail full. I'm waiting for some feedback on here before I move forward.
     
  5. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    Chug! Chug! Chug!
     
  6. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    I think you'd have to filter it and then boil it, or boil and then filter, and you'd be fine. Your choice.
     
  7. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    Do a Power Hour. See how long you can go.
     
  8. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    Boil, filter, refrigerate, then drink away!
     
  9. sportsgopher

    sportsgopher Member

    Haven't you ever caught raindrops in your mouth?

    Drink it, what's the worst that can happen?
     
  10. Overrated

    Overrated Guest

    I'd drink it in a second.
     
  11. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Run it through a water filter designed for backpacking. It's fine.

    Boil it. It's fine.
     
  12. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    I would neither filter nor boil it and would drink away.

    Your biggest source of any possible contamination would occur in the barrel or tank used to store the water. Rain falling from a cloud isn't going to hurt you unless the cloud was spawned over 3 Mile Island or some kind of acid-belching industrial plant.

    If you're slurping up water from a creek in the mountains and you don't boil or purify it, then you're asking for trouble. My advice then would be to have a lot of toilet paper and the number for a physician on hand.
     
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