If you are worried about bacteria you can always get an ulta violet light water system that will kill any bacteria that could make you sick. Those systems do use electric to operate the light, I do not know how much current they pull.
Rob S. aka Blitz wrote:
10,000 gallons a month, so with a 6 filter system that means that if each filter is good for 3,000 gallons, I would have to replace the filters every 2 months=BIG BUCKS!!
Even if I reduced my water bill by half its not going to pay for those filters. Though this system would be great as a backup in the event of no electricity for days.
Those roofs are virtually the same thing we have here on Ibiza. Not only are they a great way to catch water but with a high enough parapet wall they also make a great sun terrace or storage area. Many of the old houses have a well or concrete cistern under the house to collect the rainwater from the roofs. Our house was not built with a well or cistern though. Some of the locals still drink this water but the the water from wells here is known to have a lot of calcium in it and excessive calcium can cause osteoporosis which I have read is a big problem here with a lot of the older indigenous population.
Campy in Nashville, Tennessee, USA wrote:
All of the houses in Nisyros Greece have been harvesting rainwater for centuries and still do.
It works very well.
The water goes down a pipe to a masonry cistern under the kitchen.
Notice the flat roofs:
It is nothing abnormal to them. I renovated two houses on the Island and am quite versed in the design if you have questions.
gardenlen gardener wrote:g'day sunshine,
nice simple looking filter have saved it for any use in the future that may be needed.
we've been drinking tank water for over 10 years lots of people in rural have done at least the same or even decades.
what sort of bacteria are we looking for? and how does it manifest itself in our health?
no better water than rain water it is free and not full of added in chemicals or created from sewerage water.