Water, the elixir of life, is a fundamental necessity for all of us. But what truly defines "safe" water for household use and consumption? Let's dive into the essentials and explore Hawaii's unique world of water.
Safe Drinking Water: A Precious Resource
Safe drinking water isn't just about quenching your thirst; it's about ensuring the water you use and consume is free from biological, chemical, radiological, and physical impurities. In many places, municipal or county water sources go through rigorous processes: filtration, chlorination, and extensive testing to make it safe for the masses. This water is good to go for most, with only a few exceptions.
Rainwater Harvesting: A Unique Challenge
Now, let's talk about Hawai'i and the intriguing realm of rainwater harvesting. Unlike municipal water, no government agency checks your private rainwater system. It's your responsibility to ensure it's safe for household use and consumption.
Maintain, Monitor, and Treat
Here's where it gets interesting. To guarantee the quality of your harvested rainwater, you need to be proactive. Regular maintenance is the name of the game. Keep a watchful eye on your roof, gutters, and storage tank; they must be clean to prevent contamination.
The Magic of Filtration and Disinfection
A few vital tools come into play: First Flush Diverters, Leaf Eaters, sediment and carbon filters, and a disinfection system to tackle those sneaky pathogens. These are your guardians, ensuring your water remains safe and clean.
The Chlorine Equation
Chlorine, yes, the same household bleach, plays a crucial role. Just ensure its disinfecting bleach. Water with up to 4 parts per million chlorine is considered safe to drink. As part of monthly maintenance, add a minimum of two ounces of bleach per one thousand gallons monthly and mix well. This keeps nature and organics at bay.
To learn more about safe rainwater harvesting check out our YouTube Channel and our Rain Water Harvesting Education Page.