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Post Reply What’s up with this raw water craze?
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Once when I was on a school trip was able to drink water from a mountain spring (literally I saw the water coming out of the mountain) it was the best water I had ever tasted. I bottled some planning to have some when I got down the mountain, looked in the bottle when I got down and saw the couple bugs I also caught with the water so I chucked it. I can understand why someone would like totally fresh, from a mountain spring water it really is tasty but there are reasons why its not always the best.
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I fail to see the problem.
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MonoDreams wrote:
I fail to see the problem.


Well, there's shitting yourself to death from one of a wide variety of diseases and parasites for starters. You know, the reasons we purify water to begin with.

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^^^ Essentially what I meant though, these are likely the people who would also eat random berries in the forest, just because they think "it's healthy" I should have put sarcasm on the end of what I said.
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Do the people who buy into this nonsense ever actually ever go outdoors or listen to people who have actual experience with camping and stuff like that?
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cyberfaust wrote:

Do the people who buy into this nonsense ever actually ever go outdoors or listen to people who have actual experience with camping and stuff like that?


They are not a reliable source of information, so generally no.
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MonoDreams wrote:
^^^ Essentially what I meant though, these are likely the people who would also eat random berries in the forest, just because they think "it's healthy" I should have put sarcasm on the end of what I said.


Ah, yes. These are people who typically would be eaten by wolves if not for modern civilization.
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This actually reminds me of Fox Spring, in Alaska. It's a public well that is a significant source of water for people in Fairbanks. Since it's just a pump in a shack, I doubt it goes through much more filtration process than is part of the water cycle. People preferred it to Fairbanks municipal water because it "tasted better".
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I would love to find the freshest purest water and have it all to myself.

But if there was a direct source for water where everyone can take from, I'll take from it.

Whatever. You think that people would have the best water to drink, but that's never the case without a price
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I think it may be more media sensationalism which, if anything, may get people to do it more.

I also think that people are doing these things to cope with issues that are larger and harder to deal with on a personal level, (economic and health issues, environmental concerns, etc.)

It' not about water or its "health benefits". It's about the pain people are feeling towards an existential crisis bigger than they are.
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My city has a public mountain spring, which I routinely collect water from for personal use. The city also tests the water. Drinking "raw" water has it's risks. So does purified water, such as chloramine breaking down older water lines and causing lead contamination. Shit happens, and most of us have access to convenient hospitals.
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I imagine the first few people to contract giardia or worse will nip this latest snake oil sale in the bud.
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qwueri wrote:

I imagine the first few people to contract giardia or worse will nip this latest snake oil sale in the bud.

Yeah, even giardia's no joke. My first dog contracted it when she drank from a stream during one of our hikes. She got extremely sick, to put it mildly. "It causes diarrhea," really doesn't do it justice.
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Of course. To avoid all of the harmful, mind-controlling chemicals put in our water and foods, we have to go back to nature! You know... Back to when average life expectancy was in the 30s.

These people don't realize the last part. Either that or they think it's all a conspiracy.
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