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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 01:48 pm
Rainwater – the trans fat of the skies!
A study will be conducted in Adelaide to find out whether rainwater is safe to drink.
- Next up: Sex with hot co-eds. Fun or not?Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 02 28 at 03:55 AM • permalink
- 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 safetyWhy? Is mains water free range, certified GM free. Could the deadly sky-water be tainted with evil gerbil worming gases? Or worse, free?
- 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.
- 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
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?
- 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
- 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
- #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.
- 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 …”
- No beer in Adelaide is safe to drink.Posted by mr creosote on 2007 02 28 at 08:11 AM • permalink
- 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
- Further evidence of the true Hazmat status of this pernicious fluid- bloody stuff should have to carry biohazard labels.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
#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
- You guys see Wolf Creek?Posted by Jim Treacher on 2007 02 28 at 10:29 AM • permalink
- 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
- 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.
- #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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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