Just a thought about catching rain water to use in an emergency (I have to have a rant once in a while). . . .
It could easily happen. An emergency situation due to an earthquake, a power outage, or the “100 year floods” that have been happening every 10 years or so. What would you do if you had no dependable water for, say; 4 weeks? Rush to the store and buy bottled water – like several hundred thousand others? How long before its gone? Water is critical to survival, but its always there when you turn on your faucet. . . . If there is an extended power outage, or there has been an earthquake there will likely be no water available for a VERY LONG TIME (speaking of quakes, we just had one off the coast of Oregon yesterday April 11 – a 5.9; and one today April 12 in the Gulf of California a 6.2 ). If there has been massive flooding and all the water is contaminated, everyone else will be looking for water – 4 days without water and your in very big danger of meeting your maker; think about it, and children really need water – what do you do? Drink from a mud puddle? Drink flood water? Can you even imagine what would be in that water? Of course these two options are crazy. Now; that slow sand filtered roofwater starts looking really good, doesn’t it? – even if there are a few coliforms in it, and you’re going to be really really careful about it; right? You’re going to make sure the filter is taken care of, right? My point here is that each person is responsible for the operation of their roofwater filter and each person makes their own decision about how to use it – but it should be an informed decision based on knowledge. Each person makes their own decisions about what to do – I am not responsible for others actions or decisions and all of the information I provide still does not make water 100 percent safe, but in an emergency this 55 gallon barrel of filtered roof water sitting by my garage is going to look really, really good. Think carefully. Several months without water supplied to your suburban house will be a horrific situation for you. As long as it rains, you will have water – if you have set up a slow sand filter; that is.