Is water from fire hydrants safe to drink? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

I have been thinking, if SHTF and drinking water stop flowing, is it safe to use water from fire hydrants for human consumption?

Thanks Ata

-- Ata Kong (, May 18, 1999


Don't know where you live, but here, the same water that supplies the houses also supplies the fire hydrants. So, if no water from the tap, no water in the hydrant either. Sorry.

-- Mike (Mike@columbia,South Carolina.US), May 18, 1999.

As one who frequents hydrants, I would advise you humans to clean the edge first.

-- spot (, May 18, 1999.

And don't stick your face as close to it as you would a drinking fountain.

-- (@ .), May 18, 1999.

It really upsets me when I go to a new fire hydrant and the first 10 minutes one gets one rusty water.

-- justthinkin com (, May 18, 1999.

Yep, in most places, the hydrants are simply taps on the water line. this is why, when they get flushed, YOU get the rusty water in YOUR house.


-- chuck, a Night Driver (, May 18, 1999.

The fact that our drinking water and fire hydrants share the same water can be a big problem come a power shortage. It the wells in our town shut down, we have 4 days of water in the tower. If we have a fire, we could lose all the drinking water in town.


-- Homeschooling Grandma (, May 18, 1999.

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