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A water purification control computer system chip. Looks surprisingly like the chip that your Vault needs.Fallout in-game description

The Water Chip, also called the water purification control computer system chip, is a piece of technology in Vault-Tec Corporation vaults. The events of Fallout begin after Vault 13's only water chip breaks, and the Vault Dweller is sent out to find a replacement.

Background

The chip is an electronic device that regulates the filtering system of a water purifier and monitors the output for any contamination.[1][2] They are prone to failure, and unless used in a vault with the proper equipment, they are useless.[3][4][5]

Due to a shipping error, Vault 8 received a box of surplus water chips intended for Vault 13, and Vault 13 received Vault 8's second GECK.[6] The chips were packaged in groups of five to a box.[7][8]

Locations

  • Vault 12's command center, in a computer.

Behind the scenes

  • The blueprint shown in the background of the intro is a schematic diagram for a Theremin. It is sourced from an issue of Radio and Television News from January 1964, found on p.38 in an article about the Theremin by Robert Moog.
  • In Fallout 2, the Guardian of Forever special encounter allows the player character to break the water chip and set the events of Fallout in motion.
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    For additional real world information about this topic, check out the Independent Fallout Wiki's Real World article.

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References

  1. Kane: "{156}{}{A water chip? Never heard of it, we only sell drinks. Go see Bob's Iguana Bits, if you're hungry.}"
    The Vault Dweller: "{157}{}{It's an electronic device that regulates the filtering system of a water purifier and monitors the output for any contamination. Mine's broken and I'm looking for a replacement.}"
    (KANE.MSG)
  2. PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout): "{5500}{}{Water Chip}"
    "{5501}{}{A water purification control computer system chip. Looks suprisingly like the chip that your Vault needs.}"
  3. Vault 101 terminal entries; Vault 101 medical data system, Experiment PP216
  4. Vault Dweller: "{104}{}{Do you have a water chip?}"
    Martha Rastello: "{112}{}{Water chip... hmm. Oh, those old Vault purifying control chips. Well, I'm sure I speak for the entire town when I say you won't find one here. Without the proper equipment they're worthless. Only a Vault, or maybe Necropolis would have any use for one. Why do you ask?}"
    (MSTMERCH.MSG)
  5. Vault Dweller: "{105}{}{Do you have a water chip?}"
    Paul: "{134}{}{A Water Chip? The ones from the old Vault-Tec shelters?}"
    The Vault Dweller: "{135}{}{Yes!.. Do you have one?}"
    "{136}{}{No. Those things were junk, they were prone to failure. We don’t deal with purifying our own water here. We have water delivered by caravans from the Hub.}"
    (PAUL.MSG)
  6. Vault City central computer: "{241}{}{Cross-reference the GECK shipment information.}"
    "{244}{}{Due to a shipping error, it appears Vault 8 received a box of surplus water chips intended for another Vault. The other Vault most likely received Vault 8's second GECK.}"
    (VICENCOM.MSG)
  7. PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2): "{5500}{}{Water Chip}"
    "{5501}{}{This is a Vault-Tec water chip. They are typically packaged in groups of five to a box.}"
  8. Vault 13 Overseer: "{156}{Over_31}{Okey-dokey. One moment, the chip is initializing. Here - here - here - There it goes . . . Self-test is green . . . re-boot is good . . . Hah! It's working! And it looks like we have a winner! Haha! [The overseer sighs with relief.] You -- you've saved us. You've done it!}"
    (OVER.MSG)
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