Okay, to make a short story long....
In an effort to save a bit of money while here in Cuba, I came up with the absolutely ingenious fucking idea of having my wife send me old magazines from home rather than buying new ones here. After a couple months of not seeing them, the articles in my gun and diesel mags will be interesting again. So her grandmother gets in on it and sent me a few issues of Grit magazine. It's a rural living magazine with articles on canning food, managing land, raising animals, and so on. Now to the point of the thread....
One of the articles covered building a drip irrigation system using rain runoff. I knew about this from my time in the heaven that I have come to love and miss almost as much as I miss my family; Southern Arizona. A lot of the houses there have rain catchment systems that collect in underground cisterns. Anyway, this article said that in one inch of a rainfall, a 30 foot by 50 foot roof can shed 900 gallons of water. That's a shit load of water.
Now, while the water bill is typically one of the lower of the utility bills, when looking at it from a preparedness standpoint, if you consider that a person can get by on one gallon of water per day including drinking, bathing, cooking, and laundry (of course this assumes you aren't washing laundry or bathing every day), you can really save quite a bit of space over buying big ass packs of bottled water and storing them
I am going to try and figure out a DIY system for this at my house that doesn't look like shit. I know it'd be easy to cut each of the downspouts, fit them with a rubber sleeve to keep foreign material out, and fit them into a food-grade 55 gallon drum, but I'm going to look around for other ideas. I might do just that, but put the barrels into an older vintage-looking wooden barrel for looks, I don't know.
I think for something like this, a hand pumped filter would work for drinking water, and would last longer than a filter system that all of the water goes through, especially if you're going to use most of the rain water for irrigation, laundry, or bathing anyway.
"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
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