Rainwater Tanks – What You Don’t Get Told By The Authorities

Do you ever feel like your life is being run by someone else who doesn’t really have your best interests at heart? I know I have, and I make the conscious decision whenever I can to regain control over my life if it’s at all possible.

The role of the water authority in each state of Australia is to provide drinking-quality water to as many households as possible, effectively making them a monopoly supplier. It’s no wonder they tell people not to use rainwater if the mains supply is accessible. There’s a lot of costs associated with infrastructure and maintenance, so they don’t want to lose customers – who would?

I’ve lived on rainwater for the majority of my life and it’s my preferred source of water, I just don’t buy in to the speculation and fear tactics that get thrown around in the water space. I’ve done my research and I’ve lived the experience, never once getting ill from drinking and using rainwater in my home. You too can make a decision to not accept water that smells and tastes funny straight out of the tap, because that’s exactly what we get. It meets all the standards except for the thumbs up from our kids and our families!

Chlorine Is A Chemical – Do You Really Want To Drink It?

Chlorine is a fantastic chemical element and has been used as a disinfectant for a long time now. We have it in our pools to inhibit bacteria growth and prevent infections. We also have it in our drinking water to do the same thing. Interestingly, the EPA allows a higher level of chlorine in tap water than in pools. So, if you’ve wondered why your tap water smells of chlorine, wonder no more.

The power of sodium chloride is that it’s very good at killing off all kinds of bacteria and organisms, even the beneficial ones. The human body is very capable of dealing with bacteria, unless of course it’s someone who has a weakened immune system. Using chlorine to effectively sterilise water creates its own set of problems, which can be altered by utilising filtration systems. It’s no surprise to me that the number of households with filtration systems is on the rise as awareness grows.

What is Hard Water and How Does It Affect You?

Hard water is water that’s high in mineral content, primarily from passing through formations such as limestone on its way down to the water table. It picks up minerals like magnesium and calcium, which like anything is perfectly fine in moderation. I don’t know about you, but when I look inside a kettle that uses tap water or around the base of a bathroom tap and there’s scale forming, it must be on the high side of moderation. A bit of elbow grease and some vinegar can deal with it, but wouldn’t it be so much nicer if it didn’t happen in the first place? That’s where water softeners can make a huge impact on water quality and residues.

Rainwater is naturally soft water that hasn’t yet filtered through the ground and collected more mineralisation. This means by using it, your kettle will last longer, you won’t have to scrub around all your taps where scale builds up and water stains become non-existent. The benefits are so good, it even makes your skin feel softer, your hair silkier, no need to add cordial to make the kids drink water and a cup of tea or coffee tastes smoother. My experience of soft rainwater makes me cringe at the standards we accept from our water authorities.

Rainwater Is Actually Easy To Manage

There seems to be an underlying message from our authorities that rainwater is only any good for toilets and washing machines, because you shouldn’t have to pay for a rainwater tank and the tank water might make you sick. I got a staph infection in hospital which saw me go from day surgery to over a week in hospital and the surgeons wanting to perform plastic surgery to rectify the scarring. I’m quite happy to have the scar than risk getting another staph infection from the hospital thanks very much. I’ve never gotten sick from managing my own rainwater, because my family has lived on rainwater for 4 generations in Australia alone and we know how to benefit from it.

My question to you is do you want to take control over manageable things in your life or are you happy to be led, even if it irritates you? I’m not advocating for rebellion or anything extreme, just a practical approach for yourself, your family and your health. The fact of the matter is we must all drink water to survive, so we need to have water that we’re inspired to drink. There’s plenty of information to sift through on the internet about the pros and cons of everything, or you can contact us here at Slim Thin Tanks on sales@slimthintanks.com if you’d like me to answer any questions for you. Remember, it’s about your wellbeing, so make an informed decision, not one based on fear tactics.

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