Wilhelm Reich was born on March 24, 1897 in Galicia, in the easternmost part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now Ukraine. He grew up in the Bukovina on a large farm operated by his father. His first language was German, and until 1938 he was an Austrian citizen.
The tap water rain water total dissolved solids test happened out of curiosity. The TDS meter is used to check the purity of filtered water and later to check the part per million [ppm] of colloidal silver water. Making a comparison between bottled water .. tap water .. filtered water and distilled water became a small project to test roadside rain water.
Wilhelm Reich discovered that by using hollow metal pipes attached to cables inserted into ground water created an orgone-energy-system stronger than that in the surrounding atmosphere. The water - which attracts and absorbs orgone - draws atmospheric energy through the pipes.
With a rain water ppm of 37 / 36 .. why are we not harvesting rainwater? As the rain falling from the skies overhead is much more direct than piping water hundreds of kilometers through leaky copper pipes.
Rain water on asphalt not contaminated with mud = 36 / 37 parts per million total dissolved solids. Popular bottled water = 652 ppm and tap water = 300 ppm. Apart from the fact that one cannot tax not charge for direct rainwater collection. The higher cost to society is degraded pip tap water or bottled water with all the resource costs involved in centralizing water distribution.
Humans have space stations orbiting the Earth .. but we cannot develop technology to safely collect and utilize rainwater? That makes a lot of sense!