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Space Station Crew Drinks Recycled Urine

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the time-to-boldly-come-back dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "After the astronauts on the International Space Station finished up their communications with Space Shuttle Atlantis yesterday, the crew on the Space Station did something that no other astronaut has ever done before — drank recycled urine and sweat. The previous shuttle crew that recently returned to Earth brought back samples of the recycled water to make sure it was safe to drink, and all tests came back fine. So on Wednesday, the crew took their recycled urine and said 'cheers' together and toasted the researches and scientists that made the Urine Recycler possible. After drinking the water, they said the taste was great! They also said the water came with labels on it that said 'drink this when real water is over 200 miles away.'"

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Snow Signitures not allowed? (3, Funny)

MeNotU (1362683) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039183)

What a (lack of) drag!

You gotta be taking the piss outta me! (5, Funny)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039227)

That's not Gatorade, mate!

Re:You gotta be taking the piss outta me! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28039453)

What the article won't tell you is that it turns nigger piss into malt liquor.

But good luck finding nigger astronauts!

Re:You gotta be taking the piss outta me! (-1, Troll)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039515)

White people are Satan's astronauts. Dick Cheney EATS babies.

Re:You gotta be taking the piss outta me! (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039533)

Hey, they should come up with a name for that apparatus...something catchy and new like the concept.

I know...a Still Suit [wikipedia.org] !!

Nonsense. (5, Insightful)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039189)

> ...the crew on the Space Station did something that no other astronaut has ever done
> before -- drank recycled urine and sweat.

Everyone drinks recycled urine and sweat every day.

Re:Nonsense. (-1, Redundant)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039223)

Pedantic troll is a pedant.

Re:Nonsense. (4, Informative)

Forge (2456) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039309)

True. We also drink recycled Blood, vomit, pus and other miscellaneous bodily fluids.

For those who read/watched Dune, the fremins just do in minutes with a machine what nature dose for us in months with sunlight.

Re:Nonsense. (5, Funny)

Sechr Nibw (1278786) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039443)

It's just another step along the Golden Path.

Re:Nonsense. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28040119)

The spice must flow!

Re:Nonsense. (5, Funny)

laejoh (648921) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039809)

True. We also drink recycled Blood, vomit, pus and other miscellaneous bodily fluids.

I don't drink that stuff if it's fluoridated. Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face!

Re:Nonsense. (5, Funny)

bhsurfer (539137) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040063)

I do not avoid the company of astronauts, but I do deny them my essence.

Re:Nonsense. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28040075)

We must protect our purity of essence!

Re:Nonsense. (1, Funny)

karmaflux (148909) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039359)

This is artificially recycled urine and sweat, you twit.

Re:Nonsense. (0, Redundant)

rotide (1015173) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039379)

Thank you!

Every time a bear, moose, mouse, dog, cat, etc, does its thing, that waste gets filtered and flushed down streams and rivers into lakes and other bodies of water. Some of it is filtered down into Aquifers as well.

Hell, your sewage is merely treated and released back into the environment.

Where did people think all of that went? Into some large holding tank labeled as Biohazard and buried?

Re:Nonsense. (4, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039595)

Hell, your sewage is merely treated and released back into the environment.

And by "released back into the environment" what you actually mean is "pumped back into the river". Oh sure, it's "treated", but it's still not REALLY safe to put back in there. So what do we do? We take some water out of the river, make it safe to drink, take a shit in it, then make it kind of safe, then dump it back into the river... so that the next town can pump our shitwater out of the river, and repeat the whole process.

Re:Nonsense. (5, Funny)

x2A (858210) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039689)

Is that what inspired your nick? *lol*

Re:Nonsense. (1, Interesting)

Moryath (553296) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039829)

Sigh.

Humans actually have one of the weakest immune systems out there, mostly because we've been breeding less and less for hardiness (and worse, in the past ~400 years less for intelligence as well) thanks to the "contributions" of the few bright sparks who come up with things like, say, "the crapper" and make it so that those with downright piss-poor immune systems pass them on to the next generation.

Fish don't care that they live in water in which they, and all the other fish as well as plenty of mammals and birds, have pissed and shit. There are organisms out there that take advantage of it - one animal's waste is another's food.

Greywater systems [greywater.com] actually result in better plant growth than irrigating with "cleaned" tap water, because it feeds extra nutrients into the soil that the plants can take advantage of. Proper in-home treatment systems (or even the mere dilution of "blackwater" with greywater) could easily make it possible to clean up "used" home water even further and reduce waste.

What you're talking about - the "not really safe to put back in there" - is industrial contaminants, which we do need to deal with. The rest? Compost. Fertilizer. Eventually, back around to food.

Re:Nonsense. (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039879)

The rest? Compost. Fertilizer. Eventually, back around to food.

That works fine for those of us out in the country but doesn't scale real well when you start talking about an urban area......

Re:Nonsense. (5, Insightful)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039995)

Humans actually have one of the weakest immune systems out there, mostly because we've been breeding less and less for hardiness (and worse, in the past ~400 years less for intelligence as well) thanks to the "contributions" of the few bright sparks who come up with things like, say, "the crapper" and make it so that those with downright piss-poor immune systems pass them on to the next generation.

This needs slapping with a massive [citation needed]. A mere 400 years is not enough time for significant evolutionary changes. Most animals don't foul their own nests either. Ones that have fixed nests just go a distance away from them and ones that don't just move on afterwards. A toilet just allows us to move our waste away from ourselves easily, rather than moving ourselves away from our waste. It's also worth noting that proper sanitation is not available to a large chunk of the human race (who have not, therefore, had this lack of evolutionary pressure away from developing a strong immune system) and that the average lifespan of these people is around half that of people who do.

Re:Nonsense. (1)

mdarksbane (587589) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040457)

A change like that in a population doesn't necessarily have to be "evolutionary" yet. Just by allowing more people with "negative" traits to survive we're changing what the population as a whole looks like.

Take caesarean sections, for example. In the US, 31% of births are by caesarian section. That right there is 31% of the future population who would not exist in more primitive times, and who carry genetics that make it at least more likely than average that they themselves will not be able to give birth without modern medical assistance. You can't tell me that doesn't change the overall makeup of a population in terms of its ability to deal with that specific problem.

Not saying that the grandparent poster isn't a kook. Just saying that while 400 years is too short of a time to result in speciation, for example, it is plenty of time to cause significant shifts in a population because of major shifts in selective pressure.

Re:Nonsense. (5, Informative)

Cyrano de Maniac (60961) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039685)

> Everyone drinks recycled urine and sweat every day.

While a good point, this may not be quite as true in the case of the astronauts aboard ISS.

A large portion of the water delivered to ISS comes from the Space Shuttle as it combusts liquid hydrogen to power itself while docked. Depending on the source of the liquid hydrogen and oxygen fuel (i.e. Is it generated from electrolysis of water? Condensed directly from the atmosphere? etc), it's possible a significant portion of their water supply has never been urine or sweat before.

And even if the liquid hydrogen and oxygen was water previously, do water molecules generated from hydrogen combustion really count as "recycled"?

-- CdM

Re:Nonsense. (1, Informative)

sh00z (206503) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039767)

A large portion of the water delivered to ISS comes from the Space Shuttle as it combusts liquid hydrogen to power itself while docked.

...which is why they now need to start recycling urine and sweat. the Shuttle's only visiting a few more times.

Oblig Hollywood Knights reference (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28039757)

It does have a little wang to it.

Re:Nonsense. (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040185)

You beat me to it..

Everything we eat/drink is recycled.

How does that make it not "real water"? (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039195)

If it's 2 hydrogen bonded to 1 oxygen in the right form it's "real water"

Honestly, the Astronauts should be some that would not have the silly reaction to drinking treated water.

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (5, Insightful)

caffeinemessiah (918089) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039237)

If it's 2 hydrogen bonded to 1 oxygen in the right form it's "real water" Honestly, the Astronauts should be some that would not have the silly reaction to drinking treated water.

Certainly, but 2 hydrogen bonded to 1 oxygen exists in ripe form in your toilet as well, it's more a question of the additives. And if we did NOT feel an instinctive revulsion towards our own excrement, we would have been wiped out as a species a long time ago after eating our own toxic feces (that rhymes, too). So give those space monkey a break, eh?

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039803)

Additives? Whats in the toilet are additives. Water is NO additives. filtration is rather simple, the PITA is the getting rid of the nasties like http://www.water-research.net/Giardia.htm [water-research.net] those.

Honestly, Water filtration is very simple. Extracting all the water from a turd is the hard part.

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (3, Informative)

revlayle (964221) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039893)

"Additives? Whats in the toilet are additives."

Um... POO comes to mind.

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (1)

OglinTatas (710589) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040219)

many animals, and that includes apes, eat their own feces. The only thing that makes ours toxic is after curry night. Not that I'd advocate eating feces, but it is useful for instance to cure c. difficile infections.

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (-1, Offtopic)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039249)

Pedantic troll is a pedant.

I have this... Increadible feeling of... Deja vu...

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (4, Funny)

Morphine007 (207082) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039307)

I have this... Increadible feeling of... Deja vu...

Apparently so did the mods who modded you redundant... twice...

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039439)

But the point was not less true.

3, Funny (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039467)

...as of right now. You know, there's probably another mod point waiting for you in this same spot upstairs.

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28039263)

When I was your age, we drank un-recycled urine and sweat and we liked it!

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (1)

nicodoggie (1228876) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040089)

The Japanese still drink un-recycled urine to this day, you know. There's an entire genre of porn dedicated to it.

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (4, Insightful)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039337)

If someone takes a piss in the vat at the Coca-Cola plant, it's still "real Coca-Cola" to a high empirical degree, but I think you'd still appreciate the psychological distinction between that Coca-Cola and the stuff that came out beforehand. Likewise there's a strong innate (unlearned) notion of contamination in humans that makes this "purified urine" rather than "ever so slightly contaminated water" from the astronauts' perspective.

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28039489)

Likewise there's a strong innate (unlearned) notion of contamination in humans

I'd like to see some evidence for that.

If you you have little kids, or have spent any time with them, you'd know that they'll happily put anything in their mouths if you don't stop them. The idea of contamination is deliberately taught to children, using words like "icky," "yucky," and "ohmigodwhatisthatinyourhand."

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (2, Interesting)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039695)

I think it's still an open question as to whether disgust is innate, but once a child it, the idea of a disgusting object "contaminating" another is obtained more or less immediately. That's not something we teach kids particularly early, and it's actually a rather abstract notion. I don't have access to sociology journals from here unfortunately and it's been a while since I read much about it, so things could've moved on.

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (4, Funny)

Jason Levine (196982) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040111)

If you you have little kids, or have spent any time with them, you'd know that they'll happily put anything in their mouths if you don't stop them. The idea of contamination is deliberately taught to children, using words like "icky," "yucky," and "ohmigodwhatisthatinyourhand."

Which is ironic when you consider that parents frequently have to overcome previously decided upon levels of contamination to function as a parent. To use myself as an example, during my wife's first pregnancy test, my job was to hold the filled urine cup and dip the test strip in. I didn't even have to touch the urine, but the thought of it being in a cup so close to me made me nauseous.

Now, after being a parent to two boys, I can eat lunch, stop to change a poop-filled diaper, and then resume eating lunch (after washing my hands of course!). The idea of changing a poop-filled diaper or wiping the bottom of a young child does not make me nauseous at all. Sometimes I'll forget the different parent-nonparent revulsion levels and tell stories that are perfectly ok by parent standards but make non-parents run to the nearest bathroom to hurl. This can be useful if your coworker brought in something that you'd like. "Hey, that's a nice pudding cup... Though it kind of reminds me of my son's diaper yesterday. I opened it up and stuff just spilled out everywhere and... what's that? You don't feel like pudding anymore? I guess I can eat it."

Just don't ask to hear my mustard story!

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (4, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039891)

If someone takes a piss in the vat

What does Budweiser have to do with the ISS?

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (1)

x2A (858210) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039929)

"Likewise there's a strong innate (unlearned) notion of contamination in humans that..."

Oh, no, we learnt it, not even that long ago in the grand scheme of things. I think the British lead the way in many respects, I recall seeing a thing on tv saying how Britian went through a period of winning many battles simply by pushing out standards of cleanliness to their soldiers which meant they were no longer suffering the extremes of diarrhea as enemy soldiers were... but at this moment, I struggle to find any clear details on timeline etc, anyone with any insight may wish to share.

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039617)

Is there a "wrong form" for 2 hydrogen bonded to 1 oxygen? I mean, unless you are adding more elements into the mix, I'm pretty sure that as a discrete molecule, 2 hydrogen and one oxygen bonded together is always water. And, afaik, it always happens the same way.... at an angle of about 104 degrees, if I remember correctly.

Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (1)

qoncept (599709) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039843)

After I read "real" I was surprised how far I could scroll down without reading such a "look what I caught!" comment. "Real" just rolls off the tongue so much better than "purified urine." Get a life.

Living in a desert (4, Insightful)

mc1138 (718275) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039197)

While it may not seem like it the space station is essentially a desert with very little water. This sort of situation really makes it important to loose as little water as possible, and as the astronauts even said when properly treated it tastes great!

Re:Living in a desert (3, Funny)

Sechr Nibw (1278786) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039397)

I would think it would make it important to loose your water into the proper receptacle, actually. It doesn't matter if you loose a lot or loose a little, just as long as you loose it into the right place!

Re:Living in a desert (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039627)

Humidity must be a problem on space stations; people lose water due to respiration, let alone perspiration. Presumably there is somewhere a dehumidifier. Perhaps the atmosphere recycler does that job? Hmm, no, looks like there's purpose-built modules.

Re:Living in a desert (1)

mc1138 (718275) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039873)

Well they said the water included recycled sweat, so I'm guessing something is sucking it out of the air and condensing it.

Re:Living in a desert (2, Funny)

x2A (858210) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040387)

"Humidity must be a problem on space stations; people loose water due to respiration"

There ya go, broke that for ya

Stillsuits next? (2, Insightful)

IlluminatedOne (621945) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039205)

Hmmmm. The pee levels seem good, needs more sweat. Preferably of the ball variety... Seriously though, this seems like it will have major implications for the future of space travel. One less thing to lug. Its still a closed system, so it won't completely eliminate the need to carry [i]some[/i] water, but still...

200 miles away... (1)

MeNotU (1362683) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039213)

Little do they know the earth killer comet is only 198 miles away and it is full of recycled alien pee.

Belly up to the bar? (1)

monkeyboythom (796957) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039225)

Or is that belly below the bar?

Whatever though, ur in e right place.

Fuck that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28039271)

toss in a olive and drink it straight. there's no room for your pussy drinks here.

Re:Fuck that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28039357)

there's no room for your pussy drinks here.

Quite to the contrary, thanks to this there is indeed a place for daily drinks 200 miles up. What's next? Non-golden showers?

Jarate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28039289)

And this on the day of Jarate [teamfortress.com] . Coincidence?

One step closer (4, Funny)

COMON$ (806135) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039293)

To my Stillsuit...bring on the worms...

Re:One step closer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28040353)

If you dance without rhythm, you won't attract the worms! Christopher Walken FTW! [youtube.com]

'waterhasnotaste' tag (2, Informative)

sirkazuo (1446275) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039341)

Water does have a taste - it tastes like... water!

All water that isn't pure hydrogen and oxygen also has a flavor derived from the levels of various trace minerals and additives in it. Just because you can't taste something doesn't mean I can't!

Re:'waterhasnotaste' tag (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039679)

Could I interest you in some 100% oxygen-free virgin-silicon fiber HDMI cables with gold-plated connectors? A bargain at $750 per meter! It'll improve the sound of your iPod to no end! Warmer, richer, more spacial sound from your genuine Apple-brand earbuds!

Re:'waterhasnotaste' tag (2, Insightful)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039847)

so your not actually tasting the water, just the minerals

absolutely (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040365)

we all know what water tastes like

but that taste is actually mouthfeel + the taste of various anions and cations (calcium, magnesium, chloride, etc)

steam distilled water actually doesn't taste like "water"

and high end spring water, especially the naturally carbonated variety, tastes like "soda"

another angle (5, Funny)

Tim4444 (1122173) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039345)

it's probably cleaner than the water in the Hudson...

Re:another angle (4, Funny)

Experiment 626 (698257) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039911)

Yes, and then they ran it through a machine to make it even more so.

Re:another angle (1)

uberjoe (726765) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040115)

especially with that airplane it it.

i was going to say no one drinks from the hudson (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040241)

but then i remembered poughkeepsie:

http://www.pokwater.com/new/history.html [pokwater.com]

poughkeepsie is the only city on the hudson that gets its water straight from the hudson, and they have done this for generations. everyone else uses reservoirs along the hudson

they in fact have problems during droughts not because there's no water, but because the salinity increases as the salt line moves further up the river from new york city and the ocean. but otherwise, a major city getting their water from the same place municipal sewage gets dumped into from huge cities upriver and downriver, and has been polluted horribly for decades by industry like of GE with its PCBs, not to mention all the agricultural runoff with its fertilizers and insecticides, doesn't seem like it is doing so bad:

http://www.pokwater.com/new/watercompare.htm [pokwater.com]

don't choke/ laugh. water shortages our are future. we are all going to be poughkeepsies soon enough, and poughkeepsie doesn't seem worse for the wear

http://www.pokwater.com/new/ [pokwater.com]

Re:i was going to say no one drinks from the hudso (1)

baKanale (830108) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040459)

I dunno. Have you ever lived in Poughkeepsie? PCBs and agrichem runoff in the water supply would certainly explain a few things about the people around here.

Either way, nothing's worse than the East River. There's a joke that one year they dyed the river green for St. Patrick's Day, and nobody noticed.

An old debate now renewed.... (1)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039401)

Tastes Great!

Less Filling!

Taste's great and is less filling? (1, Redundant)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039485)

Well this will probably get modded down but frak it.. I got karma to burn...

I for one support our new pee drinking over...........lords.

ae

Re:Not Modded Down! (0, Troll)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039763)

You get the reply sir, because your quadratic pun better not be modded down.

(Space Station - OVER-lords, got it gang?)

I'll see your meme and raise you this one:

In the ONLY story to be ABOUT Drinking the First Frosty Piss, how come it's the only one without that troll?

Re:Not Modded Down! (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039963)

Sorry we evoke the state secret's act and can not comment on that...

You think? (1)

kulakovich (580584) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039523)

You think that at this point no one in the Astronaut program, yet alone living in a metropolitan region, has drank water recycled from urine?

Be real. This happens all the time.

kulakovich

Drinks up to? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28039551)

Up to what? Five gallons a day?

Big deal! we all do (5, Insightful)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039563)

Water abstracted from rivers that are fed from treatment plants. That contains water from recycled urine. As does rainwater, when urine evapourates into clouds, which then condense into rainfall.

Sadly this story has all the self conscious immaturity you'd expect from a 12 year-old, sniggering because it's about pee. Whatever happened to the grown-ups section of Slashdot?

Re:Big deal! we all do (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28039749)

Whatever happened to the grown-ups section of Slashdot?"

whats that?

we also fertilize our food with shit (2, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040069)

but i think you'd have a problem if someone gave you a shit pancake to eat, saying it was ok, it was chemically treated to be nutritious and delicious

there is meaning in the massive amount of time and the massive natural filtration that goes into the process you describe, and the artificial tiny distance described in the article between what comes out your ass or your dick, and what winds up in your cup and on your plate

when that distance is reduced via technology, the squeamishness you haughtily assume to be superior to is really just a basic and simple form of empathetic discomfort. its intrinsic to the way your mind works. its simple psychology and its real, and you are in fact not superior or immune to it, unless you are a cyborg

what you describe is not self-conscious immaturity, its basic human symbolic thinking. and you need to understand it (and know your own mind better), if you ever hope to remain meaningful to the human society around you

Water World (2, Funny)

bamboo7 (1411009) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039581)

Kevin Costner paves the way for technological innovation. I'd quote the movie but for some reason no good lines spring to mind.

Re:Water World (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28039755)

Don't feel bad. Most people are trying to forget that movie even exists. I know I am.

Natural water (5, Funny)

DarrenBaker (322210) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039683)

I refuse to drink nature's water... Fish fuck in it.

its worse than that (5, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039881)

fish don't fuck

the females just crap all their eggs in your water

then the males come along and just jizz all over the eggs, in your water

you're not drinking fish fucked water

you're drinking fish circlejerked water

not sure... (2, Insightful)

ilblissli (1480165) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039719)

I'm really not sure why this is news worthy. Recycled water has been around forever. When I was a little kid I was first introduced to recycled water when my city decided to start a reclaimed water system to be used or lawn irrigation. This was to help stop our aquifer from being depleted so quickly for frivolous stuff like watering the grass. When they proposed this new system one of the water treatment people drank a glass of recycled water to prove to everyone that it was completely safe and would not pose any heath risks to kids playing in sprinklers or drinking from a hose. I'd also like to ask, how do people think submarines stay down for so long without coming back up for 10,000 new bottles of Evian bottled water every few days? (yes we have distilling plants on board most ships to convert salt water to fresh but many also have water treatment/recycling plants as well)

Singaporeans were the first to drink recycld waste (3, Interesting)

Heartz (562803) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039799)

All about New Water http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NEWater [wikipedia.org] . Singaporeans have been drinking from Malaysian waste for years...

Re:Singaporeans were the first to drink recycld wa (2, Insightful)

mbone (558574) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039909)

Basically every city that gets its water from a river drinks the recycled urine etc. from the folks upstream.

And, that is most cities located on rivers.

Tastes like chicken (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28039813)

Should that be "Tastes like chicken soup" ?

drink this when real water is over 200 miles away? (1)

DigitalReverend (901909) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039833)

Is the water obtained from recycled urine and sweat fake water?

Nothing new (1)

mbone (558574) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039883)

I've been doing that on this planet for years !

The way nature intended (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28039917)

Tough guys don't need to even recycle it, we just take them "au naturel"...

So was it distilled/purified or "drinking" water? (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039977)

I would think providing simple pure water would be easier than trying to stock extra supplies to re-mineralize it and, frankly, I prefer the taste of distilled or purified water myself. So-called "drinking" water tastes rather flat and unappealing to me.

Better than eating Slashdot garbage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28040001)

Slashdot Comments = Pure Censorship

I hear Heston (3, Funny)

bobdotorg (598873) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040055)

It's pee. Soylent Yellow is made out of pee. They're making our drink out of pee. Next thing they'll be breeding us like cattle for poo. You've gotta tell them. You've gotta tell them!

Re:I hear Heston (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28040439)

No, Soylent Yellow is chicken, Soylent Blue is tidybowl. Get your facts straight.

Where Do You Think It Goes??? (1)

gpronger (1142181) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040129)

Wastewater "sludge" often goes to Land Ap [unl.edu] meaning it's spread on farmer's fields.

The wastewater enters the local stream or river to go and "visit" the town downstream.

In the Chicago area you need to be be well outside the general Metro area where the local river flow isn't above 90% "wastewater impacted" or the flow is basically 90% wasterwater or higher.

My perspective would be that I'm surprised that recycling water didn't already happen.

Unless you've been synthesizing your water, that's all you've been drinking.

How to make it "taste" better? (4, Funny)

Alzheimers (467217) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040149)

Put it in a can labeled 'Coors'

Most people wouldn't be able to taste the difference anyway.

Possibly a Side Benefit? (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040279)

Just a thought; their teeth may become more whiter [wikipedia.org] for it?

Asparagus (1)

cryfreedomlove (929828) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040335)

Does this mean they'll stop serving asparagus on the Space Station? I doubt this fancy pants purification process could get rid of that smell from the urine.

It's in the water! (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040359)

So, now we go from Bear Whiz Beer to Astronaut Whiz Beer?

It's faux! (1)

XDirtypunkX (1290358) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040403)

That's not real Jarate!

FUD (1, Insightful)

Thaelon (250687) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040411)

"Recycled sweat & urine" is basically FUD.

Sweat is just water with salt, some oils and trace amounts of other chemicals. Urine is just water with urea, salt, and trace amounts of other chemicals.

If you thoroughly remove these other ingredients it's not really appropriate to call it "recycled urine/sweat" because it no longer contains the chemicals that make it those things. It would be like taking some kool-aid, boiling it, extracting the steam and calling it recycled kool-aid or de-kool-aided-water. It's just water.

And I suspect its cleaner than your average tap water given NASA's propensity to do things very carefully (with a few exceptions) and the taboos associated with drinking urine or sweat.

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