Dietrick Klooster wrote:My less than perfect plumbing instincts tell me you dont want water sitting in a pipe... but might be less complication prone than siting the tank downhill. Im not really sure on that one.
John C Daley wrote:Rebecca, I left out an important point.
If you have high winds etc, a dry system may be damaged more readily.
John C Daley wrote:Winds that may blow the dry system pipes away.
LOOK< LOOK!!! at this
water from Fog
Its something I have followed for a while, but now more information is easier to get.
I will start another topic on the same matter
Mare Silba wrote:On many Croatian islands rainwater is the only source of freshwater and it is collected & used for drinking, among other stuff, for many generations. I live on one of them so here's a few thoughts
Safety for drinking - beside already mentioned flush system, additional filter can clean rainwater that does fall into tanks. They have to be cleaned, how often depends on the desing, volume of filter and rain, and how much dust or sand etc. is in the rain. But also there is less detritus on the bottom of the tank. We have large concrete tanks with built in chamber for the filter materials, but I'm sure there are desings for filter for smaller tanks.
And flush system is a must for diverting rainwater out of the tanks when they are full, or some other system, but with flush you have a two-in-one thingy in terms of function ;-).
About connecting gutters & location of tanks - if you don't need to decide imediately a long-term solution for xy reason(s), other option is to start simple and observe for a year or two rain patterns and amount through months, water usage, and how fast/slow your tanks fill and empty. With that information you can then decide what is most appropriate for your situation.
For example - do you need to connect all the roof surfaces to fill all the tanks through the year? Maybe connecting just two biggest surfaces would be enough? Or some other combination? Also maybe put the tanks near the house first and see if it works like that...