In our childhood, many of us have enjoyed catching fresh, cold rain drops on our tongues. As kids, we don’t think much about consequences, especially to something as catching rain drops in the sky; however, now that you are an adult, you may wonder if this is something that is safe for own children.
Continue reading to learn the ins and outs of drinking rain water, and what you can do to ensure your drinking water is contaminant-free.
🌧 Rain Water
In most cases, drinking rain water is perfectly safe and acceptable. Rain water is naturally soft, which means it is free of hard minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium, and more. It is also free of pollution, pollen, mold, and other contaminants that are commonly found in groundwater and tap water. Once rain water hits the ground and enters the soil, it accumulates all of these hard minerals and turns into hard water. This is why we use water softening devices and water filtration systems in our homes and commercial buildings to soften groundwater and return it to a softer state.
🌧 Drinking It
Although rain water is naturally soft, it can still have constituents in it that would make it undesirable, and potentially unsafe, to consume. For instance, rain water may contain dust, insect parts, and lower levels of bacteria, all of which should be filtered out before consuming it in any form. Treating rain water requires more than just boiling it and allowing it to cool. Boiling rain water will only remove pathogens and organic material. Things like chemicals, pollen, and mold require further purification. For proper purification, rain water needs to be boiled and then filtered using a home water filtration pitcher or system. Be sure rain water is fully-filtered before using it to drink or cook.
🌧 Storing It
If you want to utilize rain water to your advantage, you can collect it, store it, and apply it in various forms. In fact, many people have rain storage barrels that they use to collect rain water and allocate it across their property for irrigation, cooking, drinking, washing, and more. According to the CDC, rain barrels do not provide any type of disinfection or filtration, so various additional precautions must be taken to render rain water it safe for consumption. Keep this in mind if this is something you may consider.