A lot of households today to not have potable drinking water, in the Philippines most of the household spend additional money to purchase purified drinking water from water stations to avoid catching water related gastric illness such as diarrhea, typhoid fever and dysentery which can be acquired from contaminated water. In other countries people buy bottled water for daily consumption which is more impractical, expensive and non Eco friendly since a lot of disposable PET bottles will be added into the pile of trash. In this article we will be discussing different methods on how to convert or transport rainwater into potable and safe drinking water.
People use a certain method called FRP chemical storage tanks to collect fresh rainwater that can be used for a lot of things such as showering, washing of dishes, laundry, car cleaning and in other daily household chores that causes them to save a reasonable amount of money on their monthly water bill.
There are also some households or communities that treat and store the collected rainwater in heavy duty underground tanks which go through filtration and straight into the faucets so more people can take advantage of the collected rainwater.
In case you belong in a household that does not have a filtration technology installed in their tanks then you can always boil your water in order to kill 99.% of the bacteria and microorganisms present and make the water safe for drinking and daily use. Rainwater itself is safe for drinking but it becomes contaminated once it starts to hit the dirty roof or gutters. A lot of debris such as leaves and tree parts may cause your water to be contaminated.
In some places people have been drinking safe rainwater by using the method of slow sand filtering to clean and remove water impurities. It does not cost much to to this and it can be set up by anyone. The only downside of using this process is that it requires a lot of effort in order to maintain the filtration system.
For those who can afford to invest on tanks with a built-in filtration system some treat their water through the process of chlorination which is safer for human consumption such as drinking and cooking. Chlorination is just a process of pouring chlorine in water that should be able to kill all bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause us to get sick. There are also chlorine tablets that are available in the market which is used when there is no available clean water. 1 tablet of chlorine can be used for at least 60 liters of water.