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Water is a fundamental requirement for long-term survival. The player will automatically drink water from Water Bottles in their inventory when thirsty.


Prior to the water supply being shut off, water can be obtained from Faucets, Bathtubs, and Toilets. Additionally, water may be collected from Wells, Rain Collector Barrels, or directly from water sources in the environment such as rivers and lakes.

Players must be holding an empty bottle or other type of water container to hold the water in their inventory, for example empty mugs, tea kettles and Cooking Pots. It is obtained by right-clicking the water source and selecting "fill <container>".

A player can also temporarily satisfy his or her thirst without a container by right clicking a water source and selecting "Drink". These appliances include faucets, bathtubs and toilets. Drinking directly from water found in the environment (such as rivers or lakes) has a chance to make the player sick.

As of Build 31, water collected from rivers, lakes or rain-collector barrels is now marked as 'tainted', giving it the chance to make your character sick should you wish to consume it. In order to purify the water, the player must boil it in a container (see below) until the 'tainted water' icon (depicted by a green skull) disappears.


There are many different sized containers which are able to hold differing amounts of water. This is measured in arbitrary units which are often referred to as "cups". For example, an Empty Mug holds 1 unit and a Cooking Pot holds 25.

Item Cups of water Can use to boil
A Mug of Water 1 No
Bowl of Water 2 Yes
Water bottle 10 No
Whiskey bottle 12.5 No
A Full Kettle 14 Yes
A Pot of Water 25 Yes
Bucket with Water 32 No
Watering can 40 No
Gardening Spray Can 40 No


Mainly serving as a thirst-quencher, water can also be used as a soup ingredient in Cooking Pots or, in older versions of the game, to make Bowls of Ramen Noodles using bowls of water.

Unless used in a crafting recipe, one unit of water negates 10 points of thirst.

Water can be used on Dirty Rags or Dirty Bandages to clean them, turning them back into Ripped Sheets or Bandages.

In Farming, water is required to grow plants. If it is raining, the plants will automatically be watered. Please note, although it takes half a Watering Can or Gardening spray can (20 units of water) to bring a crop to a Well Watered / 100% state, using 4 mugs of water (4 units of water) to water a crop will yield the same result.

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