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Permaculture water purification (potable water)

 
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I see posts about this subject fairly regularly and wonder how I'm still alive. I grew up rurally and have never had a first flush system or a filter in my rainwater, the house I'm in now has a grill to stop pine needles and that is all. We drink out of puddles and seeping springs while we're hunting as we travel very light. I think if you acclimatize your body it will handle a few bugs no trouble. I'm statistically more likely to roll my quad or tractor at work than poison myself through the water here.
 
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I live in central Florida and am building an off-grid tiny house. Designing a water system has been my main challenge (and main obstacle to moving to the location I intend). Reading this thread has been very informative.

On one hand, I'm contemplating paying to have a well professionally dug, and let that be the end of it, but I would prefer to have a self-built system drawing lake water and using a slow sand pre-filter leading to ceramic filter (such as the Monolithic ones mentioned above).

I'm trying the find the sources to answer these questions.

1. Is my lake, spring-fed (from below, as is almost all of Florida's lakes) and a near perfect circle 660 ft across, large enough to be a good source?
2. If so, where exactly in the lake should I draw from? The center surface? The center below the surface (and how far below)?
3. Where can I find plans to build a slow sand filter suitable to my low-level needs (only one person's worth of water)?

Thanks for any input on this.
 
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[quote=Thank you Geoff, very succinct. I was just reading through these comments, yours makes the most sense. As always you are a beacon of wisdom, guiding wayward Permies towards truth.

Hahah, I suppose I got a bit mushy there lol. Good on ya mate!

What are your thoughts on designing spring sites for a potable source of water? Installing a "spring box" in an area that is inundated (due to uphill swales and dams).

Thanks again man!


Second that request!
 
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hey timothy:
3.) sand filters: here s a thread on it: https://permies.com/t/6576/rainwater/bio-sand-filter-sodis-solar
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