Think of all the water that most of us could collect from our downspouts when it rains. A good, sustained rain of three hours will fill our 1100
gallon cistern. Of course, that doesn't apply if you live in Colorado: www.abovetopsecret.com...
I remember hearing about this legislation in Colorado, having to do with the State claiming rights to the watershed and aquifer.
We have a fresh water well, which we use for watering the garden and plants. It's potable, and we've drank in before, just not as tasty as good
ol' fresh rainwater. Filtration system is necessary, and I favor the Big Berkey www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com...
Of course, a person's roof is a big consideration if deciding to harvest your roof runoff. I myself wouldn't want to drink from an asphalt shingle
roof. There are noticible oils from doing so, and while they tend to float on the surface of the water, and most times water from a cistern is drawn
from near the bottom, I think there is a certain amount of mixing, and I don't choose to drink it. Our roof is a metal roof, and I've coated it
with an elastomeric paint, which I think is about the most intert surface I can make.
I realize we're talking about wars over vast amounts of freshwater -- for farming, for commericial, industrial and home purposes, but if TSHTF with
water needs, it seems prudent to be prepared to harvest your own. Other considerations: The impurities and filth in the air can be translated to
We've created a system with no moving parts that wastes what amounts to the first 1/8" of rain on the surface of our roof, and collects the rest.
Anyone wanting details can U2U me, and I'll be happy to email the simple PVC-based plans.
Speaking of waste, many regulations and laws concerning waste water, really DO waste a lot of water. For example, in most places it is illegal to
route your gray water on the surface to water your plants. I think many people might not realize also, how much water they waste, and as long as
water is a cheap commodity, that probably won't change soon.
I didn't understand the inherent value of ice, until after Hurricane Paloma smacked us last year. I get it now. We've just ordered a 12-volt
mini-freezer/fridge. It's not much bigger than a large ice chest. We're simplifying all the time. I mean, how much fridge/freezer space does a
person REALLY need? You have to really utilize that space to your best advantage, and watch your food wasting decrease also. That's our hope,
anyway. It will run off our small solar array -- three 60-watt panels and 8 batteries/charge controller/5000 watt inverter, etc.
Water filtration/purification, and something that folks sometimes forget: Several portable containers. I'd rather have a dozen 2 1/2 gallon
containers than six 5-gallon containers, because no matter how burly a person is, the repitition of filling, carrying and emptying is taxing,
especially in a Sit X situation. Collapsible containers, and a good, old-fashioned canteen or two, or camelback.
There was an island-wide roadside clean-up today. Do you know how many people showed up with their own water? By my loose count, about a dozen
people brought their own fluids, out of perhaps 200. I heard people say, "I had no idea we'd be out here ALL morning..... they told us they were
providing water." Well, they DID provide water -- bottled water -- but people decided that it was too cumbersome to carry. Point is, we have to be
responsible for our own water demand.
Thanks for the space. Good thread. Important.
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