If your water supply was shut off or contaminated, what would you do? Most of us would be in a difficult situation, and that is why there are those that try to be prepared for such an eventuality. While it seems like water is available everywhere, this is far from the case. Most water sources you can find are not fit for human consumption, so that is why using rainwater is an ideal solution. In most parts of the country, you would be able to live off of the rain that comes down, as long as you have a system in place for catching and storing it that will keep it from getting contaminated.
It is important to make sure that the water being collected is not running across a surface that has lead paint or bird droppings on it. You should also filter and treat the water if you are planning on using it for drinking and showers. Water that you want to use for washing clothes or flushing toilets doesn’t need to be as carefully treated.