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Rainwater – the trans fat of the skies!

A study will be conducted in Adelaide to find out whether rainwater is safe to drink.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/28/2007 at 03:52 AM
  1. Next up: Sex with hot co-eds. Fun or not?

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 02 28 at 03:55 AM • permalink

  2. Isn’t rain water usually loaded with dihydrogen oxide?

    Posted by Grimmy on 2007 02 28 at 04:01 AM • permalink

  3. There is not enough fear!  We must never shirk our duty to continually find things to keep the people afraid.  Very afraid. 

    All Control Through Fear!

    Posted by saltydog on 2007 02 28 at 04:03 AM • permalink

  4. Far out, Adelaide survived Adelaide tapwater for 100 years; if we can survive that, rainwater is a piece of cake!

    Posted by Scott W on 2007 02 28 at 04:08 AM • permalink

  5. I’m applying to do a study into whether spending public money can improve my own lifestyle and general well-being.

    Posted by Ian Deans on 2007 02 28 at 04:12 AM • permalink

  6. #5 Ian

    I’ve read your grant application. It’s good. However, may I suggest that you tie it in more with global warming Global Warming Climate Change? Your prospects would be much better with the right connections.

    Kind Regards
    Kae

    Posted by kae on 2007 02 28 at 04:18 AM • permalink

  7. Grew up on rain water,was necter of the gods,every once and a while it would get a bit tangy.

    Me..what ya reckon Dad

    Dad.. Hmmmm, Get the frog net son.

    Me.. Roger..(runs off to the tank)

    Posted by sparrow on 2007 02 28 at 04:36 AM • permalink

  8. What did homosapiens drink before Evian was incorporated?

    Posted by HC44 on 2007 02 28 at 04:43 AM • permalink

  9. My insider’s bit - this study is aimed at showing that rainwater is OK, not that it is unsafe

    Posted by Dr Dan on 2007 02 28 at 04:47 AM • permalink

  10. Since all water is at some stage, rainwater.
    Er, is it a full moon?
    Do these fuckwits ever sleep? Do they ever draw a breath between their fucking moonbattery and cocked-up theories.
    God I’m sick of this shit!

    Posted by Bonmot on 2007 02 28 at 04:48 AM • permalink

  11. Interstate there are a number of health authorities who are reluctant to recommend drinking of rainwater, particularly in capital cities where mains water is available and that’s because they have doubts about safety Why?  Is mains water free range, certified GM free. Could the deadly sky-water be tainted with evil gerbil worming gases? Or worse, free?

    Posted by lotocoti on 2007 02 28 at 04:50 AM • permalink

  12. Isn’t Adelaide the weirdo, serial killer, psychopathic murder capital of Australia?
    Thought so.
    Now we know how they do it.
    They make their victims drink.
    Rainwater.

    Posted by Bonmot on 2007 02 28 at 04:52 AM • permalink

  13. If I drink rainwater do I earn carbon credits?

    Posted by Bonmot on 2007 02 28 at 04:53 AM • permalink

  14. The Magic Short Bus.

    Posted by Hucbald on 2007 02 28 at 04:58 AM • permalink

  15. My wife regularly asks me: “Is this water fresh?”

    My response: “All water is 4 billion years old.”

    Posted by phil_b on 2007 02 28 at 05:05 AM • permalink

  16. #13
    Maybe the devout believe the sky-water is   gaia’s tears and drinking it would be exploiting the goddess’ pain, drawing down upon their heads her divine wrath.

    Posted by lotocoti on 2007 02 28 at 05:30 AM • permalink

  17. Back in my two-horse, five dog, six pub home town we were so gung ho about water we even drank the town supply! Except for that time the council managed to run the filter in reverse, when we got black river mud from the taps.
    Rainwater was usually reserved for sensitive roles like making tea, chilled water for the fridge, etc.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2007 02 28 at 05:30 AM • permalink

  18. New registrations come ashore
    Some with less talent, some with more.
    We can but watch the ebb and flow,
    But this with certainty, I know:
    That kamii is cameo.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2007 02 28 at 05:48 AM • permalink

  19. possums in the tank aren’t nice.  bastards can get in anywhere.  we had 2 tanks at the primitive holiday house so when something died in one we’d use that water on the garden & drink from the other

    Posted by KK on 2007 02 28 at 05:49 AM • permalink

  20. Sounds like Adelaide residents are being eased into supplying their own drinking water.

    Posted by chrisgo on 2007 02 28 at 06:17 AM • permalink

  21. Adelaide residents could learn from the Gores. A discrete water feature in the backyard is all they need to address those occasions when they are feeling a little thirsty.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 02 28 at 06:27 AM • permalink

  22. No water in Adelaide is safe to drink.

    Posted by anthony_r on 2007 02 28 at 07:00 AM • permalink

  23. I mean, it may be safe to drink rain water while it is still falling out of the sky, but once it touches something…

    Posted by anthony_r on 2007 02 28 at 07:03 AM • permalink

  24. A study will be conducted in Adelaide to find out whether rainwater is safe to drink.

    Drink it, are they kidding? How many more studies do we need to prove that rainwater isn’t even safe enough to step outside and walk around in! Just look at the statistics. Every day, unwary people look up at the empty sky and start to think they’re safe. Complacency sets in. Then suddenly someone, somewhere, somehow, gets covered in rainwater and dies not long after.

    The stuff is dangerous. Everybody knows it’s bloody dangerous.

    Isn’t it time we wasted “God knows whose money” on a study to find out the real truth about rainwater?

    Posted by splice on 2007 02 28 at 07:03 AM • permalink

  25. water that falls from the sky is bound to be less safe than water drawn from a river that has wound its way cross half a continent picking up all those nutritious farm chemical and industrial runoffs and fish piss etc
    well less tasty anyway

    Posted by een on 2007 02 28 at 07:06 AM • permalink

  26. Fish piss, Mmmmmmmm, fish piss.

    Posted by Dan__W on 2007 02 28 at 07:20 AM • permalink

  27. Sounds like Adelaide residents are being eased into supplying their own drinking water.

    #28 - exactly right. I bet the government will force people to buy their own rainwater tanks while their tax dollars will be used to prop up dodgy unions, disasterous green projects and arts festivals rather than spent on ‘wasteful things’ like infrastructure.

    Posted by Art Vandelay on 2007 02 28 at 07:30 AM • permalink

  28. Maybe I have a warped mind, ArtVandelay, but that’s not the ‘water’ I thought of at #28.
    Okay, I do have a warped mind. There. I’ve said it! And I’m GLAD!

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 02 28 at 07:34 AM • permalink

  29. #38 Dan, it’s best when you mix it with some frozen fish piss. I believe in England they call it ‘iced water’.

    My fiancee hasn’t gone swimming in the ocean since I told him it was full of aquatic animal sperm, and that’s why it tastes so salty. I was amused. He was not.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 02 28 at 07:41 AM • permalink

  30. They eat Vegemite, yet they’re afraid to drink rainwater.

    blink…blink

    Pure irony. Kind of like the skydiver who’s afraid to ride an escalator.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 02 28 at 07:48 AM • permalink

  31. #37 Ash_ My fiancee hasn’t gone swimming in the ocean since I told him it was full of aquatic animal sperm, and that’s why it tastes so salty. I was amused. He was not.

    Now THAT is funny!

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 02 28 at 07:49 AM • permalink

  32. #39 Texas Bob, it had me highly amused too, since we were on our way to Hawaii at the time. We were there for three weeks, staying about 5 metres from the ocean, and he couldn’t bring himself to swim in it.

    I have it on good authority that he spent the time critiquing women in tiny bikinis. Of course, he tells me that none were up to his standards. He just wants to stay alive.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 02 28 at 08:02 AM • permalink

  33. End grants-based research and it will mark the end of inane projects. Expect the researchers and their assistants are studying the travel brochures right now looking for nice places where people drink rainwater: Hmmm, Phuket might be suitable but the health department guys are thinking of an island cruise. But it’s a big grant, so we ought to look at somewhere exciting, like am African safari ...”

    Posted by Contrail on 2007 02 28 at 08:03 AM • permalink

  34. No beer in Adelaide is safe to drink.

    Posted by mr creosote on 2007 02 28 at 08:11 AM • permalink

  35. Okay, I do have a warped mind. There. I’ve said it! And I’m GLAD!

    #36, Swinish, we’ve known it for some time and we’re very pleased you’re finally acknowledging it ;)

    Posted by Art Vandelay on 2007 02 28 at 08:46 AM • permalink

  36. #42 Mr Creosote, include WA in that. The “beer” created there is just cruelty inflicted on drinkers.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 02 28 at 08:47 AM • permalink

  37. Further evidence of the true Hazmat status of this pernicious fluid- bloody stuff should have to carry biohazard labels.

    Posted by Habib on 2007 02 28 at 09:04 AM • permalink

  38. Well I grew up on tank water and survived.  But I wouldn’t recommend it.  I reckon the death rate amongst green tree frogs was about five a year per tank, and the water got rather pongy towards the end of the dry season.  And then there was the possum…..and that bitch of a tabby dad didn’t like (perhaps it was chasing possums?).  At least the cat wasn’t in there long enough to rot.
    Anyway, at least that was in the country.  I don’t think I would be too much of a fan of tankwater in the city.  Probably have a diesel flavour. And then there is the pigeon droppings.  I hate pigeons.

    Posted by entropy on 2007 02 28 at 09:16 AM • permalink

  39. all your filthy water problems will be solved if you purchase the Precipitation And Condensation Ozonator from the Paco Enterprises Emporium in Rundle Mall. for a mere $1499 plus chemicals, this ingenious device will kill 99.99% of the teeming bacteria and viruses lurking in your rainwater tank or mist harvesting nets.  unfortunately the 0.01% that escape include flesh-eating bacteria, but not to worry unless you have cat scratches, mosquito bites, zits or other vulnerabilities in the epidermis

    Posted by KK on 2007 02 28 at 09:17 AM • permalink

  40. or indeed suppurating mouth ulcers caused by drinking water infused with essence of dead cat

    Posted by KK on 2007 02 28 at 09:19 AM • permalink

  41. Lets see I have drank goannas, pigeons, frogs, topnoches, frogs, snakes, tadpoles, maggots and a lot of algae. The joys of working in shearing sheds with uncovered water tanks and wells.

    Just think of it a vitamin enhanced, slightly chunky, flavoured beverage.

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 02 28 at 09:45 AM • permalink

  42. Well, General Jack D. Ripper survived on only rain water and grain alcohol.  If he could do that, the citizens of Adelaide can.

    Posted by Eric Jablow on 2007 02 28 at 09:54 AM • permalink

  43. #2 Isn’t rain water usually loaded with dihydrogen oxide?

    That stuff’s okay, Grimmy, you just have to ensure that there’s no H2O mixed into it—that stuff’ll kill you.

    Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 28 at 10:09 AM • permalink

  44. You guys see Wolf Creek?

    Posted by Jim Treacher on 2007 02 28 at 10:29 AM • permalink

  45. A nice bushy mustache works well to sieve particulates out of catchment water.Works best for larger things like mosquito larvae,frogs and possums.For females and prepubescent lads see PACo inc.2007 catalog pgs.40 thru 50. water purification supplies.

    Posted by greene on 2007 02 28 at 10:40 AM • permalink

  46. Anything that falls out of the sky is not to be trusted but you can’t go wrong with scotch.

    Posted by Inurbanus on 2007 02 28 at 10:52 AM • permalink

  47. In the immortal words of W.C. Fields:

    I don’t drink water; fish fuck in it.

    Posted by Mystery Meat on 2007 02 28 at 12:04 PM • permalink

  48. I will say this: A patient of mine who had been to Jamaica (someplace in the West Indies, anyway) came back with fierce diarrhea. Their only water supply had been untreated rainwater, and she turned out to have giardiasis. Not dangerous, and after a course of antibiotics she was right as, er, rain. (sorry) But most unpleasant to deal with.

    Posted by Dr Alice on 2007 02 28 at 12:04 PM • permalink

  49. goannas, pigeons, frogs, topnoches, frogs, snakes

    Have you fellas heard on chicken wire/netting by any chance?

    Posted by murph on 2007 02 28 at 12:56 PM • permalink

  50. #48 - I feel obliged after reading this post to say a few words in defence of Giardini’s Tavern in Leerderville. Nice food, nice staff, nice open fireplace in winter.
    But an unsettling similarity in the names nonetheless.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 02 28 at 04:50 PM • permalink

  51. I’m more worried about what the residents of Adelaide would do with an adequate supply of rainwater tanks, that place is the Australian ‘bodies in barrels’ capital after all. do we really want to give them access to 22,000 litre capacity barrels?

    Posted by Harry Buttle on 2007 02 28 at 04:55 PM • permalink

  52. It not the rain water thats the problem just what it washed off the roof

    We are reliant on tank water but since developing a parasitic illness, which it is debatable whether caused by the water at home or from a trip to Mexico. The tank water is taint free but oh my gosh, when we change the filter!!!!!! I now boil all water or drink purified cask water,? recycled from China? for all I know.
    However we have magpies by the dozen using our roof as a launching pad,Correllas by the trillions at certain times, Ibis and cockatoos flying over to roost in the pine and cypress trees, possums and rats and my poor husband goes up almost daily cleaning out the gutters.
    No wonder the Old Diggers were such a tought lot, if they survived their infancy nothing would knock them off.

    Posted by Hillyminx on 2007 02 28 at 05:12 PM • permalink

  53. ;’;’;;:”’’‘;;’;’;’;’;;’;’‘;’;;’;’;’‘;

    “Rain water” by 1.618

    For Sale $34,900

    Posted by 1.618 on 2007 02 28 at 05:35 PM • permalink

  54. We pump up from the creek on our property. Water ran out one time not long after we moved in. Went down to check the intake and discovered half a rat wedged in it. Half a rat mind you. No prizes for guessing where the other half had gone.

    replaced the pump with a venturi system (which has a filtered intake) AND wrapped it up in mesh secured with copper wire.

    Nothing like drinking half a rat to make you get your shit together.

    Posted by JonathanH on 2007 02 28 at 05:50 PM • permalink

  55. I have a large water tank (reticulated and rain). By law (local government) I must have it screened to stop mosquitos from breeding in it. That pretty much stops everything else getting in the top anyway. Although frogs are a bugger when they get into the toilet and block the pipe from the cistern to the pan…

    Posted by kae on 2007 02 28 at 05:55 PM • permalink

  56. #15 My wife regularly asks me: “Is this water fresh?”

    My response: “All water is 4 billion years old.”

    And it has passed through the gastrointestinal tract of everything that’s ever lived.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 02 28 at 07:38 PM • permalink

  57. There was a story circulating in Pt Moresby when I was working in PNG some time ago that the water flow into the SP Brewery had slowed up, and they proceded to dismantle the filtration units, where they discovered bits of cloth, blobs of rancid fat and assorted other bits. They went to the water intake and discovered a native, somewhat the worse for wear, wedged up against the grate of the intake and gradually becoming the same colour as the brewery’s product (known as “greenies”). While some consumers turned a similar colour, it didn’t sem to reduce the demand for the awful stuff- it was still preferable to the instant dysentry that came from taps anywhere in that tropical wonderland.

    Posted by Habib on 2007 02 28 at 08:07 PM • permalink

  58. Mind you, these stories remind me of the stupid arguments against recycling water.  Any dam has inflow from numerous creeks chock full of dead sheep, cattle, roos, byproducts from assorted watercraft and outflow form septic tanks (and in the case of Adelaide, ACT,NSW and Victorian sewerage systems).  Ducks, platypii and fish eat, shit and root in it.
    And people are concerned about heavily filtered grey water? spare me.

    Posted by entropy on 2007 02 28 at 10:54 PM • permalink

  59. I mean, it may be safe to drink rain water while it is still falling out of the sky, but once it touches something…

    Wrong, rebase, even the Adelaide sky is tainted.

    I have lived in Adelaide, drinking roof rainwater, mostly unboiled, for almost 60 years with no negative effects..

    We have had a local airport nearly the whole time to give a ‘kero piquancy’ to the taste, though I have never noticed that either.
    As for our famous mineralised tap water, it has the exactly same mineral ingredients as Evian and most other expensive spring waters, bought at 1000s of times the cost by all the ignorant sneerers elsewhere..

    Eat your hearts out, non-Adelaidians!

    Posted by Barrie on 2007 02 28 at 10:59 PM • permalink

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