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Old 03-14-2010, 06:47 PM
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Does anyone know if any rain barrels are safe for drinking water. I know that it is not advisable to collect the water off of a shingled roof. How about a large funnel around the rim with the barrel located in the open? If there are safe barrels, I would then use my Katadyne Combi to filter. What do you think?
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catching the water and then filtering it would be fine, that is what i am setting up for my cabin right now
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If you want a rain catch like you describe maybe ut some kind of screen or fabric inside the funnel to keep forign objects out. That would lessen the chance of contamination greatly. Depending on how long you let the water set in the barel I would filter or boil it before drinking. I would not set it up under or near a tree if you can help it.
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Catching rain off a tarp and running it in a barrel would be ok.

Put the tarp away when not raining to keep the bird poop and "stuff" off.

I got my barrels from the local Pepsi bottler before Y2k. Washed them with hot soapy water, drained and rinsed twice. LLet them soak for 2 weeks full with a quart of unscented bleach.

Work like a charm, no syrup smell or taste.
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Collecting rain in a barrel is much safer than drinking out of a river or other ground water source. No pesticides, heavy metals, aomebas, viruses, or run offs. Unless you have an acid rain or nuclear fallout of course. The only contamination will come from the barrel, funnel or foreign matter into the water. Some of the cleanest water.
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You could always try the 1st flush system I saw on youtube. The first part of the rain goes to a tube (where dust etc lands) when its full the water diverts to a catcher. Pretty simple and cool, they used a gatoraid bottle as a float to divert the water.
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Just saw this discussion after posting a separate thread. My company makes a food grade rainwater catchment system that plugs right into your typical 55 gallon drum. In developing countries we plan on offering it as a solution for potable water. But we've made some sales to people in the U.S. interested in it for disaster preparedness. I would like some advice from this forum on whether this is something of interest.

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BTW, you can put more than on Saucer on a rain barrel
Also we are looking for new distributors.
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The rain saucer idea is interesting. My first thought was to wonder what stops it from winging away over the trees in the wind that usually accompanies rain, however.
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You cant catch and use rain water, it belongs to the government!
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how about some factory direct pricing for us preppers, looks like a pretty interesting deal. if the price was right i might be interested in one or 2
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Saucers, very interesting concept..I'd consider distribution with you..Like I stated in another posting people in Aruba catch water in their roof using roofing designed out of pottery..

Mr Washington, it needs to be purified heres something you can do

My homemade water purifier...

Go to your local salvage yard, find a broken down refrigerator (G E ) that has an ICEMAKER/ WATER dispenser..Look inside and find the filtering unit..It usually takes only a philips screwdriver to remove the unit.

Then disconnect the water line leading to it, you can even cut it..Now once you have it in your hand and screw off the filter, you will find in its mounting device a rubber plunge that works on pressure from your faucet, remove it so it flows without pressure..

What I did was hook the feed line to it to a 5 gal bucket.I had to drill a hole to insert the feed line.That 5 gal bucket became my rain-catcher.It goes from that bucket to the filter and out to my clean - water tank..very simple, effective and all you do from that point is store your clean water to catch more and occasionally replace filter. I also invested in a clean water metering kit..I use it to only catch rain water and the water is very drinkable..Ive even had success running dirty water thru it to a purified state tho that very quickly limits the life of the filter..Also I'll run a bucket of bleach thru it oft times just to extend life of filter.

Washington, I found 5 of them in one day and sold two unit I created.

Very cheap, very effective..Very mobile, can use at home, campsites, etc....Good Luck sir

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For drinking water you might consider using material that is FDA approved and even BPA free. Reliance makes FDA approved and BPA free containers and barrels for a price.

BPA , a controversial substance found in most plastics, has been banned in several countries because of its potential adverse health effects.

I picked up a 6.5 gallon water container mfg. by Blitz yesterday , says water on it in big letters . researched it and found it is not FDA approved for drinking water.. So, will probably just use it for non drinking water uses.

I do store drinking water in FDA approved Reliance 6 gal. containers for emergency purposes.

BPA from Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A
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For drinking water you might consider using material that is FDA approved and even BPA free. Reliance makes FDA approved and BPA free containers and barrels for a price.

BPA , a controversial substance found in most plastics, has been banned in several countries because of its potential adverse health effects.

I picked up a 6.5 gallon water container mfg. by Blitz yesterday , says water on it in big letters . researched it and found it is not FDA approved for drinking water.. So, will probably just use it for non drinking water uses.

I do store drinking water in FDA approved Reliance 6 gal. containers for emergency purposes.

BPA from Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A


Now, I assume that most of the liquids we take in now have been exposed to BPA's...such as plastic gallon water jugs, the common plastic water bottle, 2liter coke/pepsi bottles, etc...

Heck, even many foods are wrapped in plastic and stored long term...from candy bars to frozen fish fillets.

So, my question is, do you somehow avoid BPA exposure by avoiding everything else that comes into contact with plastics? If so, what do you do to accomplish this?

How much do you spend on the BPA free water barrels? ....edit...just found them at costco for 100 bucks http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...rodid=11610210. I guess I would be willing to spend the extra money if I was also avoiding BPA's from all the other sources...my question is how does one do that?

thx
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Now, I assume that most of the liquids we take in now have been exposed to BPA's...such as plastic gallon water jugs, the common plastic water bottle, 2liter coke/pepsi bottles, etc...

Heck, even many foods are wrapped in plastic and stored long term...from candy bars to frozen fish fillets.

So, my question is, do you somehow avoid BPA exposure by avoiding everything else that comes into contact with plastics? If so, what do you do to accomplish this?

How much do you spend on the BPA free water barrels? ....edit...just found them at costco for 100 bucks http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...rodid=11610210. I guess I would be willing to spend the extra money if I was also avoiding BPA's from all the other sources...my question is how does one do that?

thx
good points.
More and more companies are and will be offering BPA free plastic products .

Just need to know what to look for and avoid, shop more wisely.

Biggest concern about BPA seems to be for pregnant women and children.

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I purchased 2 of these, have them set up in the backyard for watering a garden.

http://www.homesteadersupply.com/ind...roducts_id=621
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