How to Get Clean Water in Fallout 76
While Fallout 76 may seem to be a far cry from what fans know and love from the series so far, it still has a lot of elements familiar to Fallout.
Dedicated Fallout fans usually love to play the hardcore survival modes, an alternative playstyle available in most game. These modes require players to play a much more realistic version of the game, as their character must sleep, eat food, and drink clean water like they would in real life.
Fallout 76 implements this type of gameplay throughout, forcing players to do so online against other players.
Water will be considerably valuable for surviving, especially when clean. Purified water can be found and created multiple different ways.
First, it can be found throughout the world sporadically, like many items, simply laying around in houses or other locations. Clean water is also often a reward for completing events, quests, or finding random supply drops stashed throughout the land.
You don’t want to just rely on finding water in Fallout 76, so it is important to learn how to make it, as well. While this can be done on your own, it is recommended you complete the optional quest “Thirst Things First.”
This quest can be found in the Flatwoods area of Appalachia. It will automatically accept after you complete the “First Contact” quest, first tasking you with locating Kesha McDermott.
Head to the marker on the map after leaving the first terminal and you’ll arrive at a riverbed. McDermott’s corpse is located close to the river, containing a Testing Kit. Pick up the kit, take a sample from the river, and you’ll receive a new quest marker.
This marker will take you to Flatwood’s Pumps. Once again, take a sample of this location’s H20. The next quest marker takes you back to Kesha’s lab.
At the lab, the diagnostics terminal will specify that it must be boiled. In order to boil it, you must have dirty water and wood and you need to head to a cooking station.
Dirty water is collected from toilets, sinks, rivers, and other areas with a fair amount by walking up and pressing Square on PS4 or X on Xbox One. Wood can be gathered throughout the land as well, from stumps and trees.
You should already have dirty water and wood shouldn’t be too hard to find. When you combine the two, you’ll be given a new material called boiled water.
Boiled water can be made with two dirty ones and a wood at any cooking station throughout the game. This material provides 10 health, 5 radiation, and 15 thirst.
Boiled isn’t completely pure, as it still has some rads, but is a fairly clean alternative to drinking straight from a toilet. Not only does it lower the radiation by 10, but it also eliminates the 5% disease chance you’ll get from drinking the dirty stuff straight up.
At the moment, the only way to completely purify H20 from scratch in Fallout 76 is to have dirty water and a water filter. While there are a few places you can find water filters throughout the map, they are set at random, so you’ll have to look through a lot of different areas.
Once you are able to find one, you’ll simply need to combine dirty and the filter at a cooking station. This creates purified water, which restores 25 health and 25 thirst.
Finding water filter blueprints is extremely helpful as well, as filters can then be created under the utility section of the crafting menu. To create it, you’ll need an adhesive, three beach dogwood, and one glowing fungus.
Keep in mind that you’ll have to have the first rank in the Green Thumb perk in order to craft this material. And, of course as we mentioned before, you can find the clean stuff out and about in the world and from completing events or missions.
That is everything you need to know about how to get clean water in Fallout 76. For more info, check out our Fallout 76 wiki guide. Here’s a sampling of the guides you’d get from there: