A Monash University study reveals the answer to this question. Here I tell you all the details
But the first thing to keep in mind is that for water to be drinkable, it must be colorless, odorless, tasteless, free of organic, inorganic, or radioactive contaminants, free of suspended elements...
Collecting rainwater from rural areas where the air is clean is not the same as doing it in urban or industrial areas where there is pollution. In fact, health experts express doubts about the safety of consuming rainwater, particularly from cities.
When rain falls on cities it can mix with pollutants in the air, such as carbon monoxide and others. For this reason, in the event of collecting water in this type of place, it is recommended that it be exposed as little as possible to suspended contaminating elements. If you want to consume it, you must first boil it or disinfect it with chlorine in addition to filtering it.
The Study Looked at 300 Households That Collected Rainwater
After a year where the analyzed families recorded their health, the gastric problems they experienced were very similar to those of people who drank filtered rainwater, even those who drank tap water.
Therefore, rainwater could become a resource for many households, especially in times of drought. Of course, as long as it meets the conditions that make it drinkable.
How Do You Get Artificial Rain?
What is Cloud Seeding and How Does It Occur?
However, after years of research and thanks to technological development, the National Meteorology Center of the United Arab Emirates has for the first time managed to produce artificial rain without chemicals. To do this, they used a group of drones that released an electrical discharge to the clouds, which caused the rain to be generated. This procedure must be very controlled, since the high temperatures in the area cause warm and humid air to rise from the surrounding cooler air present in the atmosphere, causing winds that can reach 40 km/h. In this way, the artificial rain that was achieved in Dubai was intense, making it difficult for vehicles to circulate in some areas.
Experiments With Consequences
This could have unpredictable effects on the environment, especially when it is intended to be installed systematically and not punctually. On the other hand, all the substances used in this process fall to the surface dissolved in the very precipitation it produces, potentially altering the biodiversity of the area.
Scientists also fear that this Chinese initiative will affect neighboring territories, such as the summer monsoon in India. The University of Taiwan also denounced that these experiments could mean a "rain theft".
Although the effectiveness of cloud seeding is not proven, scientists already warn that the manipulation of rainfall is not the solution to the real problem: climate change.
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