Would you drink dirty water???

Jamaica
August 16, 2006 8:35am CST
If you had a long distance to travel and there are no piped and treated water and you became so thirsty, and dehydrated and you found murky water, would you drink it.
19 responses
@jermwil (104)
• United States
22 Aug 06
Been there and done it....everyone at some point will. :-) Jerm
@havoc425 (78)
• United States
18 Aug 06
yea its better than dying.
• Philippines
18 Aug 06
no! those poeple who drink dirty water is insane... we knew that it is not safe to drink dirty water...
@lesnan (538)
• United States
17 Aug 06
I would if I had to, but wouldn't like the after effects. Dirty water leads to diarrhea, which leads to needing more water. What a vicious cycle!
• United States
17 Aug 06
Yes and No. It depended on what state of mind i were in. But more than likeley yes.
• United States
17 Aug 06
Hell No !
@Andy77 (432)
• United States
17 Aug 06
Only if I were dying. Carry water purification tablets with you. Also, straining the water through several layers of fabric will help clean it.
• United States
16 Aug 06
I would think it would be my only option. With no pipes and no other items mentioned. That water would look like sprite to me.
@ed1234 (61)
• Ireland
16 Aug 06
the water where i live is not clean and we have no choice to drink it even when you boil it it`s sill dirty but is water with chemicals in it good for you?
• Ghana
16 Aug 06
That's a tough one. Where I come from, Africa, has a lot more hstilities than this, so of course, that's nothing to waste time on. But the big question actually comes in if the fellow involved is new to that type of situation. this may sound unwise, but drinking that thing in the name of chances for survival could be perilious.
@ssh123 (31104)
• India
16 Aug 06
Rather put up with thirsty than drinking murky water to invite diseases.
• Germany
16 Aug 06
If that water had to do with something like saying my life I might.
@Geomos (323)
• South Africa
16 Aug 06
I have been in this kind of situation and I can tell you that out of desperation you would drink any water, murky or not.
• United States
16 Aug 06
I NOW know i would life is to important not to try anything to live so i would drink dirty water or anything to stay alive
@dellion (6706)
• Malaysia
16 Aug 06
If there's no choice why not? I Know some people even take thier own urine during the really bad situations.
@rherdey (966)
• United States
16 Aug 06
Yes ...by skimming off only the top of the water you should not get any muck from it..use your hands and gently skim a small amount and you will be able to drink it. If you are able to build some type of fire and have a metal container if you skim the top of the water with the contatiner and boil the water it should be ok as then you have sanitised the water...but If you are traveling take extra water with you and matches and a small metal contanier to use if you run out of water.
16 Aug 06
if you knew you had a long distance to travel you should be carrying some of those sachets which you can add to water to purify it
@asa010 (1129)
• India
16 Aug 06
only if i am dying of no water
@ram_ravi (406)
• India
16 Aug 06
No I won't ,I would remain thirsty.Since it is bad for health.