The Dim-Post

October 15, 2016

Allow me to ruin water for you

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 5:20 pm

So earlier today I was drinking a glass of water, as is my want, and it occurred to me what an unusual thing it is for an animal to drink clean water with no microorganisms in it. It’s not something any species of mammal would ever done on a regular basis. And we do it every day! I bet it’s giving us all cancer.

22 Comments »

  1. I bet it’s giving us all cancer.

    Nah. It’s the fluoride doing that.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — October 15, 2016 @ 5:32 pm

  2. I heard filtered water gave you socialism.

    Comment by Gregor W — October 15, 2016 @ 6:42 pm

  3. Fewer microorganisms, but not none.

    Comment by Gareth Wilson — October 15, 2016 @ 7:07 pm

  4. Possibly it contributes to allergies. I doubt it is a problem at all though.

    Comment by Korakys — October 15, 2016 @ 7:22 pm

  5. A daily glass of tap water is my wont but not my want.

    Comment by paritutu — October 15, 2016 @ 8:39 pm

  6. My goldfish live in it, how do you think they feel?

    Comment by Richard — October 15, 2016 @ 10:52 pm

  7. My wife offers the cheery observation that if you’re sharing your environment with humans and other animals, your water’s going to have e. coli in it. The question of interest isn’t “whether,” it’s “how much?” In that situation, ever-more-sensitive measuring equipment is actually counter-productive – witness “natural” enthusiasts freaking out that US wine can have glyphosate in it at concentrations of up to 18 parts per billion (although, to be fair, I guess if you’re a homeopath this level of dilution would constitute a serious threat).

    But yeah, your drinking water will have an impossibly small number of microorganisms in it by historical standards – unless you’ve got intensive dairy farming going on in the catchment area, in which case you might want to get roof tanks.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — October 15, 2016 @ 10:57 pm

  8. bet it’s giving us all cancer.

    I’d always thought that sarcasm and cancer don’t mix. I was right.

    Comment by Ross — October 16, 2016 @ 7:26 am

  9. You are drinking a small piece of Jesus, Napoleon, and of course, Hitler….

    Comment by leeharmanclark — October 16, 2016 @ 7:28 am

  10. A couple of years ago in the US a guy pissed into an uncovered reservoir. It cost over USS$30,000 to drain the reservoir.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/17/water-reservoir-urination/7814581/

    Comment by Ross — October 16, 2016 @ 7:32 am

  11. “as is my *wont* (FIFY)”

    Comment by roy — October 16, 2016 @ 9:17 am

  12. it occurred to me what an unusual thing it is for an animal to drink clean water with no microorganisms in it

    Clearly you’ve never lived in Havelock North.

    Comment by Ross — October 16, 2016 @ 12:15 pm

  13. There seems to be an assumption that clean water is sterile. Never has been

    Comment by ghostwhowalksnz — October 16, 2016 @ 12:33 pm

  14. A bloke once told me that our water is as clean as it is, not so much to protect us, but to protect the infrastructure that brings it to us. i.e. to prevent algae growing in the pipes.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — October 16, 2016 @ 2:26 pm

  15. Unless I’m brushing my teeth – where I only rinse instead of swallow – I usually boil my tap water before drinking it.

    Comment by Kumara Republic (@kumararepublic) — October 16, 2016 @ 6:46 pm

  16. “I usually boil my tap water before drinking it.”

    In gods’ name, why? You are just contributing to global warming by wasting that energy, surely?

    Comment by Clunking Fist — October 17, 2016 @ 10:45 am

  17. A bloke once told me that our water is as clean as it is, not so much to protect us, but to protect the infrastructure that brings it to us. i.e. to prevent algae growing in the pipes.

    Different chemicals are used for different reasons. One chemical encourages flocculation (suspended particles clump up, which makes them easier to remove and stops the water feeling gritty when we drink it), chlorination protects the health of consumers, and another chemical regulates the alkalinity or acidity (depending on your local water source) of the water so that it doesn’t corrode the pipes that it flows through. I haven’t heard of algal growth being an issue but it might be relevant in particular areas.

    Comment by Ataahua — October 17, 2016 @ 12:50 pm

  18. “Unless I’m brushing my teeth – where I only rinse instead of swallow – I usually boil my tap water before drinking it.”
    If your water isn’t safe to swallow without boiling then it isn’t safe to clean your teeth with either.

    Comment by Corokia — October 17, 2016 @ 6:49 pm

  19. And if you are showering, you are breathing all that water in, in the form of steam. Kumara, what part of the country are you in that you need to boil your water?

    Comment by Clunking Fist — October 18, 2016 @ 4:37 pm

  20. I can see how it would. If you drink water that’s full of poos and wees on a regular basis, then your chances of getting past 40 without dying of cholera or typhoid are fairly slight. On that basis, the population incidence of death from anything other than water-borne diseases (including cancer) will be correspondingly small. Therefore clean water increases the risk of cancer.

    Comment by Rich d'Rich — October 20, 2016 @ 1:54 pm

  21. Ah, Clunking Fist: Steam is water vapour, and by definition cannot carry anything with it – not bugs, nothing dissolved. Just pure H2O. It’s how some companies in Asia make their bottled water. They actually evaporate it then recondense it. I prefer not to drink that water, because it is not in equilibrium with the body’s chemistry.

    Comment by David from Chch — October 22, 2016 @ 6:43 pm

  22. All the water we drink today is all the water that there was, or shall ever be on planet earth….

    In essence … we are drinking dinosaur pee.

    Comment by James Thrace — November 30, 2016 @ 12:05 pm


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