I don't know where people think their drinking water comes from. People in Adelaide don't want to drink "recycled water" but they live at the end of the Murray River which has already had the treated sewage from hundreds of towns recycled through it. Where did the water come from before then? Surely not rain water!
Maybe if you live in a heavily polluted part of the inner city, there might be a possibility that your water could be polluted by exhaust fumes, maybe even industrial pollution. But that stuff's in the air they breathe anyway!
Here's the article
From the ABC:
Study to determine suitability of drinking rainwater
A study will be conducted in Adelaide to find out whether rainwater is safe to drink.
Monash University, the South Australian Department of Health and the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment will carry out the study.
About 300 Adelaide families who drink rainwater will take part in the trial to find out if the water affects their health.
The families will be given filters for their tanks, but only half the filters will be real.
The researchers have chosen Adelaide because it has the highest use of rainwater tanks in Australia.
Health Department water quality adviser David Cunliffe says given the current drought, they want to be able to encourage people to use rainwater.
"This is a national study," he said.
"Interstate there are a number of health authorities who are reluctant to recommend drinking of rainwater, particularly in capital cities where mains water is available and that's because they have doubts about safety.
"So the aim of this study is to answer some of those doubts, address some of those concerns."