On day 168, I tore a trash bag open and, using small wooden sticks from day 46 of The Time Hack, I made a rain catcher on the patio outside my front door in Washington DC.
Luckily, a storm swept by a few hours later, providing more than an ample supply of water.
I brought the water inside, took several healthy swigs, proudly sat down with my glass to do some research on the topic and read this:
The Virginia Department of Health has issued a warning to state residents: do not drink rainwater.
The warning comes after radioactive particles released in Japan have been documented around the United States and now in places on the East Coast.
I then read this (less applicable, but still)…
More than half of 560 samples from private dwellings in New Zealand exceeded the minimal standards for contamination and 30 percent showed evidence of heavy faecal contamination.
“I’m utterly amazed at the number of roof water supplies that fail the New Zealand drinking water standards,” says Stan Abbott, a microbiologist at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health.
A senior official from the National Center for Environmental Health and Water Supply advises that rainwater must be boiled before it is safe to drink. Failure to do this can lead to diarrhea and infections.
Lesson learned. Research, then perform the task - not the other way around.
Now might be a good time to have a second go at the task I performed on day 133.