Choosing Wisely

Trucks on the RoadIf you’re a truck driver, there are plenty of jobs for you in Iraq.  Just on my base alone, it’s very easy to find a tanker truck breezing by your vehicle.

These trucks carry various liquids, although most can be classified as either carrying water you can drink or water that can kill you.

I’m reminded of the scene in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” where the knight tells drinkers of the holy grail that they have either chosen wisely or poorly. So far, I have chosen wisely.

All three trucks in this photo are carrying “death water,” but clean water is in good supply. There is a part of the base where there are bottles of water on pallets for as far as the eye can see. In fact, there is such a good supply, they actually pump potable water for use in the showers and toilets here. I wasn’t expecting that.

It’s great that there is so much clean water here, but the only way to get it is by truck. Any other water here is pumped directly out of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. It’s not safe. Actually, it’s safer to drink water out of a toilet than it is to drink water from the river.

Just take my word for it.

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4 thoughts on “Choosing Wisely

  1. Potable water in the toilets… just in case you feel a need to drink from it?

    I guess, if you have it, use it, but that sounds like as good a use for grey water as there can be.

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