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Rainwater harvesting tanks enable spread of dangerous pathogens, study shows

Some 20 percent of of South Africans lack sustainable access to water. Many have to walk a third of a mile to get clean water from a standing pump, which is often shared with 100 or more other village residents.
That's why the South African government has invested in installing more than 23,000 rainwater tanks to collect and store rain for use in the households of rural villages.


But a new study suggests pathogens regularly inhabit these harvested rainwater tanks, and that they could be a public health hazard.
 
 

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