Why are people afraid of rainwater?
East Coast, my rainwater is crystal clear and relatively free of contaminants, down to 0.5 microns. We inject ozone into the cistern and pass the water through ultraviolet light to assure purity. We had a well in our previous house. The well water was yellow, smelled of sulphur and tasted horrible because of all the minerals in the water. We had to use a multi-stage treatment system including the injection of chlorine to make it safe to drink. To me there is no comparison between rainwater and well water. I am astonished every now and then when someone turns up their nose at my rainwater stating that rainwater is not safe to drink. One such person was the Department of Health representative assigned to approve my system as an allowed source for potable water. She routinely approves well water but was skeptical when confronted by crystal clear rainwater. I was astonished.
Raindrops form when water vapor condenses on a microscopic particle of dust in the atmosphere. These particles grow to small drops, which begin falling. The drops grow as they fall, aided by the churning of the wind, until they reach the ground. The initial pollutant in rain is the minute particle that initiates their formation. As the rain falls through the atmosphere, it can pick up additional dust particles or other substances; i.e., volcanic ash.. If it falls over a large city or industrial area, it can transform into “Acid Rain”. It might mix with nitric oxide forming nitric acid when mixed with the rain. Rain also mixes with Carbon Dioxide to form carbonic acid. There is evidence that rain can also become radioactive as a result of an accident like the 2012 nuclear contamination from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. Nay-sayers claim this causes the rainwater to be polluted.
We believe that the rainwater cycle is the only thing on earth that is nearly perfect. Rain falls to the earth crisp and clean as a result of it lingering in the clouds. Until it leaves the clouds, the water is pure distilled water. It has nothing in it and it needs nothing to make it the best water on the planet. The problem starts when it touches land. We humans have created a mess. We ravage the land, we alter the landscape and we create all sorts of pollution in the process of living our everyday lives. Everything we do destroys the purity of this life sustaining resource, rainwater. By the time the clean rain goes through the surface to reach the aquifer, it is so tainted with fertilizers, chemicals, pesticides, industrial and human waste that most is virtually un-drinkable without substantial treatment. Nature forgives us and, through the water cycle, takes all this polluted water back into the atmosphere. Evaporation, transpiration and respiration processes create distilled water, void of all the man-made pollutants, which rises to the clouds. In the clouds, this distilled earth water is again sterilized by ultraviolet light from the sun and further sterilized by lightning creating ozone. Nature then returns this reclaimed, reprocessed ultra-pure water back to us in the form of rain. This process repeats itself over and over again as it has for millenniums. Humans ruin the water and Mother Nature fixes it giving us yet one more chance to realize what we are doing.
Let’s debunk the myth. First let’s clarify the issues. Rainwater has three forms of pollution, particulate contamination, acid formation and radioactive fallout. Ground water has a myriad of forms of contamination mostly man made. Most municipal and bottled water comes from ground water.
What are the kinds of water pollution?
It is interesting to note that rainwater only contains the last category of pollution on the list. All ground source water must contend with all the types of pollution. Additionally, studies have shown that there are more than 600 unwanted chemicals created by the interaction of water treatment disinfectants and pollutants in source water (Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor 2004).
Bottled water is a conundrum. Most bottled water is simply tap water. The message bottled water companies attempt to project is one of purity and safety. Is that really the case? Second to drinking bottled rainwater, I like the taste of Glaceau Smart Water owned by Coca Cola. Their bottle label reads:
“Is it just us or do clouds get a bad rap? While we admit they’re not as great to have around on a beach day, as say the sun, clouds are unsung heroes because they contain nature’s purest source of water. Meanwhile, spring water comes from the ground and contains random stuff and whatever else the animals that swim in it leave behind. That’s why we copied our white puffy friends by creating Smartwater®.”
Everyone wants to replicate the purity and wholesomeness of rainwater. Coca Cola says that rainwater is “nature’s purest source of water”. They yield that rainwater is the best. So what’s the commotion?
It is all perception! The press tells you about acid rain and the occasional nuclear contamination of rainfall. It is somewhat true up North and in the highly populated or industrial areas. But, in areas where the air is not contaminated, the fear mongers don’t tell you that the rainwater is relatively pure. Utilities and bottled water companies tout their water as natural and pure, when in fact, they take polluted groundwater, process it with chemicals, run it through all sorts of simple and exotic processes while claiming their water is “as pure as rainwater”. Why pretend, when clean rainwater is readily available without going through all the gyrations.
Capture a jar of rainwater, then draw a jar of water from the local swamp. Compare them. swamp water is filtered naturally as it runs through the soil and limestone on its way to the aquifer. But it still begins its way far more polluted than rainwater. Think about it!
By: Larry R. Curran, Founder and CEO of Choose Rain Inc., OTC-PK symbol “CHOS” Choose Rain will capture Rainwater, process it with ozone, UV light and magnetics, not chlorine, and bottle it in a biodegradable bottle that goes away in a landfill in 3 to 5 years. We believe we are headed down the wrong path and need to change. We believe that irresponsible harvesting of our aquifers will result in water shortages and saltwater intrusion. We believe that plastic bottles are more of a curse than our salvation and, while chlorine is effective at killing pathogens, it is a poison we should avoid. The use of Hydroponic systems and Rainwater -based organic nutrients complete the opportunity to make a difference. Our company’s mission is to make changes, baby steps, through education to make life better for our children. The “HELP, BUT DON’T PANIC” theme will help us spread our message. Respect Mother Nature – Choose Rain!