I read with interest that occupants at the D’ Cempaka residential area are getting their water free. Are they stealing from the public water utilities? No, they are just occupants who bought homes with water tanks fitted to collect rainwater. Since it rains all year round in Malaysia, that is a very smart move.
Why use treated water to flush your toilet, wash cars, water your plants or do your cleaning up when you can collect rainwater from the environment? So, is rainwater the only source of supply for free water you can tap on?
If you answered yes to that, then you ought to take a look at the lists of possible sources of water from the environment posted on:
So, look around you. Are you living near one of these sources? I think the children would enjoy working on building gadgets to procure water that they can pick up from Wildwood Survival:
Tree through transpiration
Can we drink water from such sources? Now that is very ambitious. You need to learn some water Purification Processes.
What if the odour of the water from these sources is too strong to swallow? Add charcoals to the container of water and let it stand for 45 minutes before drinking. Picked that up from a free eBook, "Life and Death Matters: Must Have Water" by Discovery Channel.
Talk about being ambitious; Singapore beats us to it again. To curtail their reliance of buying water from Malaysia, they are recycling wastewater or sewage water. So, when you are down in Singapore and want to do the "being there done that" thing, make sure you buy a bottle of their "safe to drink" NEWater.
May be psychologically hard to swallow but this treated sewage water is, in fact, cleaner than the other sources of water in Singapore. So, who said that one cannot make money from waste?
Note: Photo of Bottles of NEWater posted here found on WikiMedia is taken by Huaiwei.