By YEET MAGAZINE | Updated 1408 GMT (2208 HKT) September 29, 2021

These widespread practices in the Wild West show how wild the times really were

Clean water is essential for the survival of any human being. But in the pioneer regions of the Old West, this basic need was not always easy to satisfy.

Indeed, the water that we could find was often contaminated by the leaking outhouse or by stagnant water which attracted flies and other insects which deposited waste and excrement there. Even rainwater collected in barrels was vulnerable to contamination.