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For the water beggar met in a random encounter in Fallout 4, see The Water Beggar.

 
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I've been drinking this irradiated shit and... I can't do it. I just throw it up now. I need purified water... please...— Water beggar

Water Beggars is an unmarked and repeatable quest in Fallout 3.

Quick walkthrough

Unmarked Quest: Water Beggars
While exploring the wastes find, and talk to, a water begging wastelander.
Refuse to give the beggar water.
Give the beggar some water.
+50 Karma

Detailed walkthrough

A lot of wastelanders are suffering dehydration and need purified water, which when given to them rewards the Lone Wanderer with positive Karma (+50). Denying them water causes them to die at the next map change, even if they were given purified water before. However, telling them to find their own water, and then giving them water is fine, and they live on. They do not die if they are not explicitly told to find their own water, however, and their death inflicts no karmic penalty on the player character.

Water beggars locations

Rewards

Notes

  • Giving them Aqua Pura with the FEV will incur -50 Karma.
  • The wastelander never drinks the water they are given and it can be pickpocketed back.
  • Ben Canning, a wastelander who appears in a random encounter, can be given purified water or dirty water in exchange for good Karma, but is not part of the same quest.
  • Individuals can be heard saying that the beggars are scammers and trick people into giving them money.
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