Most of us are aware that the water from our taps comes from rain water, but is it safe to drink rain water? If you’re marooned on a desert island or you’re out in the jungle without ready supplies of bottled water, your best bet may be to drink rain water.
In most holiday destinations, you’ll find a constant supply of water, but if you are travelling to a remote or exotic destination, it’s wise to be aware of basic survival measures to prevent avoidable travel accidents.
Is it safe to drink rain water?
Rain water goes through a series of processes and stages before it arrives in our taps ready to drink. During these phases, substances and chemicals which could potentially be dangerous are removed and the water is purified.
It is not usually the best course of action to drink rain water, but on the whole, it is safe to drink rain water. If you’re stranded miles away from a shop, well or running water source, drinking rain water is probably your best option.
If you’re at home and you have access to running water, which has been purified, it’s probably not the best idea to drink rain water.
When travelling abroad, it’s a good idea to do some research on potential hazards you may encounter and some basic survival solutions. If you run out of water, for example, how can you stay hydrated? You may be advised to set up a container to catch drops so that you can drink rain water. This is infinitely better for you than drinking no water at all.
Is it possible to claim compensation for an accident abroad?
Have you been injured abroad? Have you been involved in a holiday accident, which wasn’t your fault? If you booked your holiday through a UK travel agency and you can prove that you were not at fault, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation.
Holiday accident compensation is provided to those who suffered holiday injuries through no fault of their own.
If you’ve been injured overseas and you’re not sure whether you have a viable case for personal injury compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline to discuss your travel accident claim with one of our helpful advisors.
Our lines are open now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Alternatively, take our 30-second eligibility test online.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice