Simplest ever rainwater harvesting system

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Simplest ever rainwater harvesting system

Post: #151469 Thomzo
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:49 pm

Ok, so it's not the most sophisticated system and doesn't quite do everything I wanted but I did it all myself and it cost me nothing.

I have a water butt at the back of the laundry room so I fed a hose through an obliging hole in the wall into the laundry room and put a trigger spray on it. It would have been nice if it could have flushed the loo but at least it lets me use the water for soaking clothes, cleaning plant pots, paint brushes and so on. :cheers:

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Post: #155131 mamos
Tue May 26, 2009 5:58 pm

Well done Zoe
Do you have any particle filter in the system?

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Post: #155138 Thomzo
Tue May 26, 2009 7:16 pm

No, other than keeping an eye on the quality of the water coming out. I only use it for watering plants and stuff like washing paint brushes. I certainly don't use it for hand washing or food/drinking.

Having said that, the water butt developed a leak recently so I emptied it and cleaned it out. I also took the opportunity to clean the conservatory roof and gutters so that the water entering the water butt is cleanish to start with.

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Post: #155171 Millymollymandy
Wed May 27, 2009 5:16 am

Excellent Zoe! :thumbright: :salute:
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Post: #155224 CyberPaddy66
Wed May 27, 2009 11:41 am

That's a great use of rain-water, well done.

Have a look at your local motor factors and see if you can get an in-line fuel filter to fit your pipe in the water butt, it'll stop most if not all particulate matter from entering your hose ;)
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Post: #155288 Big Al
Wed May 27, 2009 9:57 pm

Thomzo wrote:Ok, so it's not the most sophisticated system and doesn't quite do everything I wanted but I did it all myself and it cost me nothing.

I have a water butt at the back of the laundry room so I fed a hose through an obliging hole in the wall into the laundry room and put a trigger spray on it. It would have been nice if it could have flushed the loo but at least it lets me use the water for soaking clothes, cleaning plant pots, paint brushes and so on. :cheers:

One of my projects ticked off my list.

Zoe


Well done Zoe. If you want to use the water for clothes and washing your hands etc and even potable water [ disclaimer here ;;; explore this link carefully and make your own mind up] then you need a slow sand filter. http://tilz.tearfund.org/Publications/Footsteps+31-40/Footsteps+35/The+household+slow+sand+filter.htm

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Re: Simplest ever rainwater harvesting system

Post: #155511 Thomzo
Sat May 30, 2009 8:44 pm

Thanks, guys. I might follow up on some of those links when I've worked out how to get the water across from one side of the laundry room to the other. There is a solid concrete floor and I don't want to be tripping over the pipe all the time.

Just waiting for it to rain now to fill up my nice, clean water butt.

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