Dirty water (Fallout: New Vegas)

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For the various forms of water that appear in the Fallout series, see Water.
Dirty water
effects+2 Hit Points per second for 5s
+6 Radiation
Hardcore mode only:
-50 Dehydration
compon. ofMass purified water

Dirty water is a consumable item in Fallout: New Vegas.


Dirty water is the most common water in the game, and is drawn from the tainted lakes and rivers of Fallout: New Vegas. Unlike purified water, drinking dirty water will induce moderate radiation, which can be cured for a fee by a doctor, or by using RadAway.

Consuming contaminated water is much more irksome than in Fallout 3, because of the lack of the My First Infirmary. However, with Hardcore mode enabled, it may be a necessary consumable, as it can be difficult for players early in the game without a canteen to find adequate quantities of purified water.

Survival Skill effectEdit

SkillEffectHardcore effect
10+2 Hit Point for 5s-60 Dehydration 
20+2 Hit Point for 5s-70 Dehydration 
30+3 Hit Point for 5s-80 Dehydration 
40+3 Hit Point for 5s-90 Dehydration 
50+4 Hit Point for 5s-100 Dehydration 
60+4 Hit Point for 5s-110 Dehydration 
70+4 Hit Point for 5s-120 Dehydration 
80+5 Hit Point for 5s-130 Dehydration 
90+5 Hit Point for 5s-140 Dehydration 
100+6 Hit Point for 5s-150 Dehydration 
Note: Radiation is not affected by Survival skill level.



  • Dirty water differs in appearance from purified water. Dirty water is labeled "WATER", while purified water is labeled "H²O"; the bottle is also grimier. The Pip-Boy 3000 icon for both is the same, however.
  • Dirty water can be purified in bulk at a campfire.

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