Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
I grew up drinking untreated water directly from ponds and streams, as did all of my family. The animals around here do it all the time. We seem to be getting along just fine.
Jeremy Franklin wrote:I probably wouldn't lose any sleep over it. People tend to get paranoid about poo and pee, but the truth is, poo doesn't magically generate diseases. When we get in trouble is when we're in close proximity to other people's poo when they're already sick, as poo is an excellent way to spread diseases. But it doesn't generate them spontaneously, and by and large, there aren't that many diseases that can cross between fish and waterfowl and humans. Especially if you're only using it for shower and washing, I imagine it couldn't possibly be any worse than taking a swim in your pond.
Your may have to clean/replace your filters if they get clogged, but that's probably the worst you're looking at.
Nick Lino wrote:water enters it in one side and between the other side is a cinder block wall that filters large debris out from getting to the other side. When the "good" water side was below a foot of water the other side had well over 3 feet of water.
Nick Lino wrote:Thanks for everyone's help.
I have one additional question....
I have very limited knowledge of cisterns and can't find much information about them but the way the previous home owner described it was that water enters it in one side and between the other side is a cinder block wall that filters large debris out from getting to the other side. When the "good" water side was below a foot of water the other side had well over 3 feet of water. Shouldn't the water level have leveled out between the 2 sides? As I was filling the other side it wasn't until it was pretty high until I heard the water trickling in to the good side. Am I missing something here on how it is set up?