Leila Macbeth wrote:
As long as your roof and storage system are suitable for potable water, rainwater is good for averything
If you drink rainwater you should keep your gutters clean. and a dark tank seems to be better. You can build a first flush diverter out of usual PVC pipes: your outlet of the gutter is the diverter. You cut it off above the ground, maybe 20 cm and put a screwable lid on it. Poke a hole into the lid. On the top end of the "downpipe" insert a t and a knee and this is the pipe to the tank. So first the rainwater goes into the "downpipe" with all the dirt. Only when this downpipe is filled up clear water goes to the tank. You should open the lid every now and the to leave the dirt out.
what does this mean "sanitizers" do they put sanitizers in the water?
You don't get anything else here than PVC.
Lots of people in Puna (Hawaii) live on catchment. I've been washing dishes and clothes and people with rainwater for 25 years.
Anonymous wrote:We drink our rainwater, unfiltered and no chemicals added. Nothing tastes finer We're a family of four and all the locals do the same as we have no other source of water. Obviously we bathe in it too.
In rural Australia water tanks catching water from the roof is the norm. I get the feeling it is less common in the US for some reason.
Aaron Dailey wrote:
does anyone know what types of roofs are common in rural Australia? I was considering drinking the water off our roof put we have asphalt shingle roof and was worried about the chemicals from it. Would this be a bad idea to do with this type of roof? If so is there a solution?