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- Flush the Toilet
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I have several rain barrels. Over several years I have had 2 different kinds. The easiest, most convenient are recycled pickle barrels with removable screens and caps. Whatever type one purchases, if you intend to drink or use the water for cooking or watering edible plants, be sure to get food grade containers. Just a suggestion. p.s. the pickle taste goes away after using it a few times, or Clorox works well too.
I have several barrels. They are covered. The rail enters through a screen (a 6" kitchen screen type strainer) – it filters out the chunks and keeps those pesky bugs out! (around here beside mosquitoes there’s wasps that also like the water :/
Never had a problem (yet)
that is what I have learned also about Asphalt shingled roofs so I keep my rain barrel water for gardening and toilet flushing. the only method I know that can get rid of those toxins would be Distillation
Hey Jude (I bet you never hear that ever…),
Mosquitoes could become a problem. I have heard liquid dish soap or vegetable oil can put a stop to it. The soap and oil leave a residue on top that hinder the mosquitoes’ ambitions of laying eggs. The problem with that is then you have dish soap or vegetable oil on top of your water. Another method that doesn’t involve dumping things into your water would be to cover the top of your barrel with window screen material. If it keeps them out of your house, it’ll keep them out of your barrel. I hope that helps!
What about mosquitoes?
For the 1st use, should we boil the water even we have water filter treatment. I thinks it’s more safe for drinking.
We put a large piece of screen over the top of our rain barrels secured with a bungy cord to keep out mosquitos and also keep our kitty from falling in if she should jump up on it! It works like a charm.
RE: Catching rain water.
Make a CLEAN CATCH in large buckets. Then the shingles residue will not be a problem. If I do this, I will still boil the rain water. I would also consider putting the recommended drops of Clorox in the water to kill any germs etc.IT MAY BE OVER KILL but I personally prefer to be safe. The quanity may be smaller but the arsinic.
Why do you not sell water barrels that the lid could be removed to catch rain water in case of an emergency???
In some states collecting rain water is illegal, and in others it is restricted. Be sure to check state, county and city regulations.
I have researched rain water barrels for a long time. I have discovered that it is recommended you not drink the water coming off a asphalt shingled roof because no filter can remove the arsnic and other toxic chemicals from the run off.Do you have any comments about this potential problem?