I am with the farmers on this point, its wasting a great resource.
Other farmers lament the loss of good arable land to a solar farm, of course
John C Daley wrote:
Have you moved into this farm area, not understanding what goes on in them?
In Australia I have seen city folk buy a small block in farm zones and complain about farming operations, cows mooing etc and actually shut the operations down.
I hope this does not apply to your goodself.
John C Daley wrote:Cecile, What are CAFOs please?
John C Daley wrote:Here is an interesting webpage
From which I copied this note
"As a township officer in Minnesota, Larisa attended a County Township Officer's meeting where a rainwater researcher gave a presentation. She obtained rain sampling data from the State of Minnesota that proved two things we had always suspected:
Rainwater is far "softer" (fewer dissolved solids) than groundwater
It is cleaner (fewer chemicals) than surface or groundwater aquifers by a factor of 10 to 1000
Rainwater is even more clean when collected in very early spring and late fall"
John C Daley wrote:The secret in Australia is the 20,000L tank.
It holds the water for a long time and allows settlement of any fine particles also.
Tank - $A2900 use 2 inch ball valves
In line leaf traps adjacent to guttering each $A50
First flush filter - just after leaf trap $A50 each
fine screen on tank $A30
Good pump $A200-800
Thats about all the special gear, its much better value than any well if you have the rain.
I live in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia average rainfall 450mm,
I store 60,000L around the house filled from house and outbuildings and another 120,000L off a huge shed.
You just need to match the area of any rooves with the volume of water you need.
Sometimes people around here buy a tanker load if its dry, I choose to have more tanks.
In some agricultural areas you need to be aware of crop dusting etc and chemical sprays which maybe used.
John C Daley wrote:Be careful of currency conversions.
I helped somebody in Texas recently. I ordered all the items in Austin for them having discussed what was available, the tanks were certainly closer to $US2900.
Anne Miller wrote:Hi, Mike
Welcome to the forum.
We collected rainwater when we lived in NE Texas for our garden.
Several residences later we are still collecting rainwater to use as a backup if our well fails.
I believe our tank is 750 gallons which we purchased at Tractor Supply though they have tanks up to 3000 gallons.
Any questions you may have or help that you need to get started can be found here on the forums, just ask.
I would like to recommend the work of Brad Lancaster (you may have seen this recommended earlier):
G C Childers wrote:My understanding is basically every material on earth can be broken down by Soil water microbiome given time and healthy conditions. Including Radiation.
Do I read this right that. That given healthy soil and water we can breakdown these substances? But in unhealthy soil it may get worse. It seems that the Soil Biome with earthworms decouples the chemical compound. Also looks like sunlight might do it to to a lesser extent.