I just saw a neat video about a company that makes roofing tiles out of old tires. The video paints a nice picture of their use...no prices mentioned though. I know that water that chemicals can leach out of tires still, if water sits in one for a long time, or even if crops are grown in them. Do you think these could be used on a rainwater catchment system with no harm (to humans and animals)?
Tom Connolly : Could you see if you could find that video again?
My quick thought is, if it was run through a rudimentary filter bed of Aquatic Plants- cattails etc. like for a grey water recycling set up, it could definitely go for plants
After that, I think I would probably use my nose to tell me if that flow should be allowed to soak into the ground, or run to a duck pond.
I Googled ''Rainwater diverting downspouts pictures'' and got lots of devices that are setup to divert trash, bird droppings and other stuff before it goes to a barrel/
tote/holding tank! For the grey water set-up above, a syphon hose to slowly let the full barrel drain through the Aquatic plants should enhance that operation-
Eventually the barrel bottom will gather some detritus .
A few of the local Amish have some elaborate systems that fill a bucket attached to a pulley, as the bucket fillsand gets heavy it sinks and part of the downspout is
shifted to a separate fill pipe and a holding tank/ tote.
Older houses from the 1800s to the 1920s have sys terns in the basement to hold the rainwater is is NOT hard water and was prized by the early housewife for wash
day. When that ran out, it was spring water hauled up from the milk house down to the barn!
Washing the roof with the 1st of the rain, then collecting the clean(er) stuff would eliminate most of my worries ! Big AL
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Tom, my gut feeling says no. I wonder how they treat the rubber, what chemicals? To date, all rubberized roofing that I've seen deteriorates over time. The rubber cracks, starts to flake, crumbles. Not only do chemicals get carried away in the rainwater, but eventually also particles.
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