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Levente Andras
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Hello Permies,

Otto Graf's underground water tanks are one of the options I'm considering for my rainwater storage system.  More precisely, the 10,000 litres tank, and potentially I'm looking at the Carat S professional package. It is not a cheap option, but I'm considering it among others.

http://www.graf-water.co.uk/rainwater-harvesting/tanks-underground/rainwater-tank-carat-s/carat-xl-underground-tank.html

The water would be for domestic use.  The built-in filter unit and floating extraction unit seems attractive. Not sure what to make of certain features like the Drinking Water Feeding Module, and the fact that it seems to be recommended for only certain uses - namely, washing machines and toilet flushing (even though they promise high water quality)...  Whereas my intention is to have rainwater at every point of use in the house (with the possibility to switching the entire system to mains if/when needed).

I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with the product, in terms of advantages and drawbacks, problems / failures, potential issues that I could expect with such a system. 

Any thoughts would be appreciated !

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The only for certain uses is legal liability avoidance.  They can't say what was in the rain, so they can't say the water is safe for drinking.  If you are downwind from a power plant, refinery, major industrial area, etc, you can have some stuff they can't filter out.

IF IT WERE ME:  If I had mains available, I would run it so sinks could be switched separately just in case you want to run them from mains.  I also would use RO or a Berkey for drinking water.  Setting up the plumbing separately initially would help if you have inspections, then you could replumb later.

 
Levente Andras
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Levente Andras wrote:,

... my intention is to have rainwater at every point of use in the house (with the possibility to switching the entire system to mains if/when needed).



Sorry, I've just realised that the above sentence is ambiguous to say the least.

What I meant was: separate lines from mains and the water tank will enter the house, where a valve will allow me to switch the whole supply (to all points of use in the house) either from the mains or from the rainwater tank.

In other words: rather than have some points of use supplied only from mains, and others from the rainwater system / mains, I would have all points supplied by only one line, which can be switched at the point of entry to either mains or rainwater.  Decision to switch to one or the other would depend on quality of water that I can obtain in my rainwater system, and the reliability of the mains supply.

Phew !  I hope that's clearer now...

(Background: my house is in a rural village.  The village has its own mains water supply from local springs.  Depending on their elevation, some parts of the village may have supply issues, especially during periods of drought. In addition, the quality of mains water - which currently is quite good - may not be guaranteed in the future.)
 
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