This weekend was a beautiful weekend up here in Northeast -- sunny, 70s and Memorial Day festivities all around. Before the fun began, I wanted to slip in my long run for the weekend, and mapped out a 10 mile run along a pretty stretch of beach. Of course, I ran on the road, not on the beach, though, and was not in my home neighborhood. So, my hydration options were limited. I took some water with me, but also ran in a populated area, and figured somewhere along the line there would be a water fountain, maybe at a beach or park entrance.
Turns out I was wrong. There were no water fountains at the beach entrances, only air compressors (wierd huh?). But -- there were a couple of houses that had their sprinklers running...ahhh nice fresh water. Chugged up, refilled and away I went. And then I reached the county park that was my turn around point for my run. And it had a HUGE sign that said that water was NOT safe or intended for human consumption. Umm, ok, so I won't drink that water. But then I thought...if the water in those pipes wasn't safe for consumption...I bet the water in the sprinklers wasn't either. Hmmm, that is not good.
But the water in the sprinkler system had to have come from the grid or somewhere - the area I was in was on a saltwater beach and marsh. A well? Unlikely -- I mean I am not hydrologist, but I am guessing that a beachy island in a saltwater marsh doesn't have a lot of freshwater wells to tap into. And, if the park tap water was not potable, there was non-potable water around that would make sense to use to also water a lawn about 50 yards away. All these random thoughts ran through my head as I ran the second half of my run.
I also figured that there is simply no way that 10 ounces or so of that water could possibly be harmful. I mean, animals must drink it (I saw a couple deer drinking it also). And there must be any number of people who consume it someway somehow. And seemed not to affect my run at all, at least other than provide a bit of mental diversion as i ran. I am sure in the wilderness it is a superbad idea. But I wasn't in the wild looking at a pool of stagnant pond scum; I was in the Hamptons.
Does anyone know effect of drinking non-potable water, that is provided by a municipality?
And another super cool thing. On my route there was an automated speed limit checker thing that told cars how fast they were going. And, it clocked me as I was running. It was pretty awesome to see a machine clock me running at 08 miles per hour and flash that out it big, blinking numbers..