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Honestly, I'm all for any form of genetic or biological warfare on the mosquito.

It is one species this planet could do without.

Yes, I know other insects can transmit disease but they are pikers compared to the numbers of infections that mosquitoes cause.

Mosquito genocide. Let's do it.
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Honestly, I'm all for any form of genetic or biological warfare on the mosquito.

It is one species this planet could do without.

Yes, I know other insects can transmit disease but they are pikers compared to the numbers of infections that mosquitoes cause.

Mosquito genocide. Let's do it.
I'm in. Wanna spray 'em, swat 'em, or fog 'em? I'm ready.

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As far as the question about different water supplies, since gender doesn't really affect how we adjust to water, I'll address it also. I routinely take water with me on short trips to unknown areas. Some water supplies don't cause a problem, but there are others... I get enough of the new water supply that with my water for most of my consumption I adjust over the course of a few days.

My water is not chlorinated, floridated, or anything else ated. I suspect in that is what I have the most trouble adjusting to. I am simply spoiled to one of the best tasting and cleanest natural water supplies I've ever tasted.
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I have a Q a little off topic, but the OP touched on it.

Rain barrels.... would you treat and drink that water? It rolls off the roof and roofing material (although I have a newer shingle roof without asbetos) and it may also contain bird poop. Would any of you treat and drink this water, or just use it for gardening/bathing?
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I have a Q a little off topic, but the OP touched on it.

Rain barrels.... would you treat and drink that water? It rolls off the roof and roofing material (although I have a newer shingle roof without asbetos) and it may also contain bird poop. Would any of you treat and drink this water, or just use it for gardening/bathing?
Start a new thread and I'll chime in. This thread isn't the right venue and the answers are lengthy enough for a huge derail.
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I have a Q a little off topic, but the OP touched on it.

Rain barrels.... would you treat and drink that water? It rolls off the roof and roofing material (although I have a newer shingle roof without asbetos) and it may also contain bird poop. Would any of you treat and drink this water, or just use it for gardening/bathing?
Zeke did a thread on this not too long ago and there was a spirited discussion that provided a very thorough treatment of the subject.

found it .
https://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...ght=safe+water
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Zeke did a thread on this not too long ago and there was a spirited discussion that provided a very thorough treatment of the subject.

found it .
https://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...ght=safe+water
Oh, I've talked about it plenty of times. I resigned to doing it every month or two.

But if they ask nice it gives me a chance to lay it out so that it will be remembered for a little while.

But that thread doesn't really cover the roof issue.
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Sorry, yes, there was another thread somewhere that started with the roof question, I just didn't find it.
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Sorry, yes, there was another thread somewhere that started with the roof question, I just didn't find it.
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I think it's a great idea. I used to rely on all alternative medicine for healthcare until I got a viral infection that has no cure.... but I do recommend trying this WHEN SHTF. It's no lnger a question of IF when when it happens
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Drinking only carbonated water from a sealed bottle is the easiest way to avoid problems outside the U.S.Sealed is important-water bottles are routinely refilled with the local water.Don't use ice either-it comes from the same local water source.
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I used to drink untreated water out of creeks when I was a kid. Nobody told me not to and as far as I know I didn't get sick from it. My mother used to not take one bit of care with food preparation and use the same knife that cut raw meat to cut the salad and so on. So I must have one hell of a immunity. Went to India a few years ago and didn't get sick.
Think about this too, Mexicans in Mexico don't get sick from the local water, but tourists do. So you probably have a point. Worst thing that can happen is you'll have to make a doctor visit and get an antibiotic
I have also read recently ( sorry no link) that if you grow up in a super clean environment and are never exposed to germs, your chances of getting some sort of autoimmune disorder go way up, but I am no doctor so not sure that's true

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/d2n-s...and-dirt-germs

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I think I can provide some insight into this topic. I travel a lot and often live in other countries for months or a few years at a time. I make a point of drinking local "drinking" water in order to build up local immunity. local immunity means the minor and safe strains of bacteria present in reasonable quantities no longer bother your system. Usually acquiring this immunity has a cost of a couple of days not so good stomach feeling and diarrhea.

However doing this should not be confused with drinking unsafe for human consumption water. The pathogens found there can effect locals as well, and the cost/benefit simply does not work out. In developing countries often the tap water is not safe for drinking, so don't drink it, usually the locals don't either.

There is a reason tea is so popular in a lot of hot third world nations, it is because even the locals boil the water before drinking it.

Regarding streams etc. As I kid I drank from local streams all the time, but I grew up in Canada, the river water was nearly freezing, and we knew where the water came from. What works there does not work in a lot of places. When in doubt, don't chance it. I used to think all moving water was safe, it took a family member who thought the same thing become very ill for me to learn that is simply not true.
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I think I can provide some insight into this topic. I travel a lot and often live in other countries for months or a few years at a time. I make a point of drinking local "drinking" water in order to build up local immunity. local immunity means the minor and safe strains of bacteria present in reasonable quantities no longer bother your system. Usually acquiring this immunity has a cost of a couple of days not so good stomach feeling and diarrhea.

However doing this should not be confused with drinking unsafe for human consumption water. The pathogens found there can effect locals as well, and the cost/benefit simply does not work out. In developing countries often the tap water is not safe for drinking, so don't drink it, usually the locals don't either.

There is a reason tea is so popular in a lot of hot third world nations, it is because even the locals boil the water before drinking it.

Regarding streams etc. As I kid I drank from local streams all the time, but I grew up in Canada, the river water was nearly freezing, and we knew where the water came from. What works there does not work in a lot of places. When in doubt, don't chance it. I used to think all moving water was safe, it took a family member who thought the same thing become very ill for me to learn that is simply not true.
They key is to stick to bottled water when you arrive and then start asking around if they have a good water treatment plant locally. If your stay is short then just stay with the bottled stuff. If you will be there for an extended stay then take a weekend off at your residence and start drinking from the tap. Make sure you have enough work or entertainment to fill your weekend time and eat bland food with some fiber to it. With luck you should be getting back to normal when the new week starts but it helps to warn those who may need you that you are doing this, because Monday may be iffy.

I'm only talking internationally. US water should be safe. Some rural districts on wells can be chancy but the water itself will typically be all you need to know. If it looks bad then it likely is bad.
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