Rainwater is a precious natural resource which has multiple uses. Given the ecological importance of conservation of natural resources, it’s a duty to conserve rainwater wherever possible. Rainwater tanks Brisbane functions as the major source of water whereas other households use rainwater as a supplementary resource. Rainwater can be used in cooking, cleaning, gardening and drinking (in a purified form).
How to make rain water fit for drinking
Contact your local municipal authorities to know about traffic loads and pollution in your area. Generally rainwater consumption is not recommended in areas with a lot of air pollution as the chemicals can permeate the rain water tanks.
As a rule rainwater in areas having less or moderate pollution levels is safe to drink. If the rain water in your area is clear in appearance and has a neutral taste and smell, it’s probably fit for consumption. Ensure that your water storage tanks are clean, bacteria free and you have a good water preservation system in place.
For people who have problems in their immune system like those with diabetes, organ transplants, HIV infections and cancer, rainwater consumption is acceptable only when it is disinfected and boiled for at least one minute.
Rainwater doesn’t have high content of microbial growth but still you can get a sample of rainwater tested in a local chemical lab for quality control. Fluoride (an essential element) is not found in rainwater so you should arrange for alternative sources of fluoride as a dietary supplement. You can contact the ADA (Australian Dental Association) about advice for fluoride supplements.
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