I have read that long ocean trips in the old days involved water from peat bogs because the water was more acidic and less likely to promote algee growth.I have wondered about the health benefits of drinking water off a cedar roof as cedar is anti bacterial
This is really good quality drinking water, except for the sediment, and which might contain some bacteria. The roof is composition shingle, so there's a little shingle taste in the water, which must be suspended particulates.
ou could dig french drains beneath the dripline of the roof that drain to planted mulch basins.
Len, that's a good idea about fermented foods, but there'd need to be a lot of kimchi juice to change that large a quantity of water, and there's nothing to digest , so the good bacteria would probably die.
Here is one that says it addresses shingle tar:
Using 5 gallon plastic buckets. I have seen other plans using these too.
I was just thinking about this today! I'm in the same situation where I rent and I'm pretty sure my owner/property management co won't put in rain gutters given the way they've responded (or didn't) to other things in the past.
I don't care. I'm going to do it anyway. Without asking. They say asking forgiveness is easier than asking permission and they probably won't even notice anyway; They've paid so little attention to us the past after all and I'm not going to let a resource as valuable as harvestable water slip through my fingers for too much longer.
In 10 years of the most severe drought on record the property has never ran out of water.
H Ludi Tyler wrote:
How much rain do you get in drought?
I'd like something permanent.. that doesn't need to be moved. The problem is.. well.. a four letter word. SNOW. In the late fall/winter/early spring, the snow comes off of my metal roof and destroys anything I may have ...er.. neglected to put away.
I don't have gutters, the snow and ice would tear them down in the winter.
Then there is another four letter word problem that I have with rainwater catchment. Raven Sh-- . Yup. They decorate my roof, I don't want it in my drinking water.
I've considered this: digging a trench underneath the dripline and buring drainpipe (the kind with holes in it), in gravel or rock. The Drain pipe would carry the water to some sort of water storage. The water storage could incorporate "purifiers" plants.. etc. BUT.. again the problem is a four letter word... COLD. It would all work well during warm weather, but in cold...
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