Practicality of a Rain Collecting Garb
Rainwater harvesting is nothing new. Whether it's a tank, water barrels, or a rooftop covered with vegetation. The purpose is to collect rain water and put it to practical use before it has a chance to become runoff, which places a burden on urban wastewater management in addition to being a waste of a natural resource.
When a rain water collection system works, it provides many advantages. When filtered, it provides drinking water to humans and lifestock. Even in an unfiltered state, collected rainwater can be put to numerous uses.
In some arid places on earth, rainwater is the primary source water. Even if that water isn't drinkable, it is still useful for flushing toilets, washing clothes, watering plants, washing cars, and many other uses.
This being said, thinking of an innovative way to collect rain water and putting it to use has lead Hyeona Yang and Joshua Noble to create the Raincatch.
It's a raincoat that collects and purifies rain water so that the wearer can drink it.
Here are some questions to consider:
1) It has a complicated series of exposed plastic tubes. The tubes hang out in front of the chest area of the wearer. Could this possibly pose a tangling hazard?
2) Charcoal filters and a chemical purification process clean the rain water in order to make it potable. How long does this filtration system work? How many gallons of water can be purified by this system? How can the filtration system be replaced, and what is the cost of replacing the filters?
3) How much does the Raincatch weigh? Is it a foldable and portable piece of clothing?
4) Once a person has worn the Raincatch in the rain and has collected an amount of water, seeing that mold and bacteria like to grow in damp and dark places (and the Raincatch is black and opague), how quickly must a person drink up all the water stored in the Raincatch?Continued on the next page