Has anyone here experienced drinking rain water for some period of time ?

Has anyone here experienced drinking rain water for some period of time ?

I read everywhere that it is not fit for drinking, which I believe but I wonder 'to what degree' ?

FYI it is actually 'iLLeGaL' to drink in my country

thanks for risking your health to be my data point

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >I read everywhere that it is not fit for drinking, which I believe but I wonder 'to what degree' ?
    What? Why? Of course rain water is safe to drink (with the possible exception of cities downwind of some truly polluted Chinese hellhole). The only chance you'll get sick is if the method you're using to collect the rainwater is contaminated. .

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Basically this, but your roof or the air can be a source of contamination. It's usually recommended that you use rainwater for irrigation rather than directly consuming it. I'm sure all you would have to do to make it potable is pass it through a sand and charcoal filter.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      air pollutants from cars prob isnt great.. if u boil it u will kill bacteria and viruses. if u distill it u will remove even more contaminants. then run it thru filter. idk about charcoal but thats a natural filter i think. who knows what they make the commercial filters with..

      drink a small amount and see if u get sick after u go thru all those steps. but also read up on it first online

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >who knows what they make the commercial filters with..
        Charcoal and plastic

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Rainwater here is contaminated with dust filled with arsenic. Most rainwater is fine to eat, just settle out any sediment.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >I read everywhere that it is not fit for drinking
    why tho? because of planes?
    I mean, rain is basically distilled water so any contaminants must be in the clouds or carried by the wind

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >rain is basically distilled water
      There is your answer. Distilled water can lead to defencies in minerals.
      Of course, you need to only drink distilled water for a long period of time to that to happen, but that is just what people collecting rain water ro drink it would do.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Distilled water can lead to defencies in minerals.
        That's a myth. Water is not a significant source of any dietary minerals and, no, osmosis is not going to cause minerals in your body to get sucked out into whatever amount of distilled water you drink, your body is more than capable of maintaining homeostasis against an osmotic gradient.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          This is mostly true. Where the "myth" comes from is in survival situations, where certain water gathering or purification ways do remove the minerals from the water, which has an effect on someone who is just surviving and not getting enough nutrients through food, etc, especially during longer periods, although there are ways to get around this.

          In a normal living situation, water collection does not have this issue.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      bird shit son, it's bird shit and other "organic" contaminants getting on and in the collection system that makes collected rainwater unclean.
      would you drink from your gutters?

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's pretty simple:
    If the rain water is collected directly from the sky via a sterilised/clean way, it's safe to drink.

    If the water is collected as run-off from anything like a roof, pipes or trees etc, it needs to be filtered and/or purified before consumption, because it can have all sorts of shit in it.

    >Illegal in my country.
    Dude. If you follow all the "rules" your government gives you, you're in serious trouble and won't last long.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You got a LoIcense for that water mate?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Rain water restrictions are mostly a USA thing.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        OP here
        thank you all for your input, everyone is saying the same thing I read everywhere online, nobody actually has real life knowledge. It's ok though, I'll just add one or two filter and maybe gather some water at several points during the year and make it analyze even.
        I don't live in a polluted area (+100km to the nearest international airport, 15km from a medium city), but my roof is probably the biggest threat as it is made of bitumen tiles (and bird shit).

        OP is not from the US of A

        It's pretty simple:
        If the rain water is collected directly from the sky via a sterilised/clean way, it's safe to drink.

        If the water is collected as run-off from anything like a roof, pipes or trees etc, it needs to be filtered and/or purified before consumption, because it can have all sorts of shit in it.

        >Illegal in my country.
        Dude. If you follow all the "rules" your government gives you, you're in serious trouble and won't last long.

        > If you follow all the "rules" your government gives you, you're in serious trouble and won't last long.
        yea, duh, thank u for educating me, i never ever though about not dong everything my gov tells me

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >nobody actually has real life knowledge
          Lived in the tropics for 10+ years. Everyone had rainwater supply from their roof - groundwater no good due to volcanic area.
          It was fine. Everyone was fine. I'd wager they're still fine.
          IT'S FRICKING RAINWATER
          God I wonder about you clowns sometimes, holy shit.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >everyone is saying the same thing I read everywhere online, nobody actually has real life knowledge.
            Or, and stay with be because it's a complicated idea, maybe, just maybe, the information you found on the internet matches the real world experiences because it's about something as simple and straightforward as rainwater collection.

            i meant nobody in the previous posters but yeah
            thanks y'all
            ready to get disentery and diarrhea from a natural resource that was perfectly safe to drink for centuries

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            and people in mexico can drink the tap water without shitting themselves for a week, what's your point?

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >what's your point
              That for some reason people have the idea "it's unsafe to drink rainwater".

              >people in mexico can drink the tap water without shitting themselves for a week
              Their immune systems are used to all the shit living in their water.
              Rainwater has none of said shit.

              >nobody actually has real life knowledge
              Lived in the tropics for 10+ years. Everyone had rainwater supply from their roof - groundwater no good due to volcanic area.
              It was fine. Everyone was fine. I'd wager they're still fine.
              IT'S FRICKING RAINWATER
              God I wonder about you clowns sometimes, holy shit.

              >God I wonder about (you) clown

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >Their immune systems are used to all the shit living in their water.
                >Rainwater has none of said shit.
                Yet somehow drinking unfiltered rainwater makes people sick all the time.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >et somehow drinking unfiltered rainwater makes people sick all the time.
                Yeah I dunno man. The shit that gets put on the internet blows my mind. But then people read it, believe it, and act on it... I can't even come up with an appropriate word.
                Some language must have something that means baffled/angered/dismayed in equal measures?
                I just don't understand why people can't just run things they read through some sort of internal logic filter and say "well that's fricking moronic", rather than "I reddit on the internet, holy shit, I never knew".
                But rainwater. makes. you. sick.
                Frick me.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >everyone is saying the same thing I read everywhere online, nobody actually has real life knowledge.
          Or, and stay with be because it's a complicated idea, maybe, just maybe, the information you found on the internet matches the real world experiences because it's about something as simple and straightforward as rainwater collection.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          [...]
          i meant nobody in the previous posters but yeah
          thanks y'all
          ready to get disentery and diarrhea from a natural resource that was perfectly safe to drink for centuries

          Definitely run it through a charcoal and sand filter if you're collecting it from your roof, but you should be fine.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Asks for advice.
          >Gets advice from Anons.
          >Basically tells them to go frick themselves and he's already got Google.

          OP is a massive c**t and I hope he suffers from a severe water-borne parasitic infection.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Think about where you're collecting the rain, and what it's coming in contact with as part of your collection system. Collecting it off of your mossy, leafy, bird shit covered, asphalt shingled roof is probably not ideal. Likewise think about what pollutants could be mixed up with the rain in the atmosphere. If you live in close proximity to a large airport, or a major interstate, there's likely going to be more pollutants in the air that the water vapor will mix with as it condenses into precipitation.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Microplastics are in the rain now that they have been ground down small enough to be caught up in the evaporation cycle. But then again ground water is poisoned from all sorts of shit now so whatever.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    We just finished setting up a filtration system. We’ve got a couple of seasonal springs (so basically rainwater)
    >50micron spin down filter
    >calcite tank (raises pH from ~5.4 to ~7)
    >30 micron filter
    >20micron
    >10 micron
    >1 micron
    >uv lamps (disinfects; prior testing showed coliform and E. coli)
    From there it goes into a 500g holding tank where we add a half cup of bleach before draining into our main tanks to be used in the house.

    If you’re just doing straight up rain harvesting you’d likely just want a calcite tank or something to handle the acidity (5.4 is pretty normal for rain, 7 is neutral) along with bleach to disinfect. Optional: carbon filter to reduce chlorine odor and taste.

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