It does, and yet we had so many questions. Do bathroom-goers normally contemplate drinking toilet water? Perhaps people regularly bring their dogs in the stalls? If it wasn’t rainwater, would it then be suitable for consumption?
Our curiosity took us to Ron Inman, spokesman for Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB), where Walter Reed is located. He explained that the rainwater is collected for the toilets and urinals across the campus as part of a larger energy conservation effort.
But why exactly do people on the Navy base require this warning not to drink it? (This is where we thought he might laugh, but he answered earnestly.)
“It’s out of an abundance of caution, would hate for a child or someone to drink the water and become ill,” Inman said. He reasoned the signs could be there as a warning to a parent.
Because unlike the toilet water at home…