International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
Mannheim, Germany - September 2001
Rainwater: Quality Issues
Diary Study Of Gastroenteritis And Tank Rainwater Consumption In Young
Children In South Australia
Department of Public Health
University of Western Australia.
Tank rainwater is an important source of drinking water
in South Australia. More households (42%) use tank rainwater as their
main source of drinking water than use public mains (40%) (Heyworth et
al.1998). The community preference for consumption of this untreated water
supply has highlighted the need for policy on its safe use. The longitudinal
study reported here, the tank rainwater diary study, was undertaken to
provide epidemiological data in support of a risk assessment of tank rainwater
An earlier prevalence study of 9,500 children, indicated
that there was a slight, but non-significant, increase in risk of gastroenteritis
associated with consumption tank rainwater in rural South Australia. This
longitudinal study was undertaken to investigate more fully the temporal
relationship between risk of gastroenteritis and exposure to tank rainwater.
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