Tuesday, October 28, 2014

water

Supply run to Alpine today.  All stocked up now as to avoid the chili cook off madness down south.  The grocery store had a really good sale on bottle water so I took the bait.  Would feel guilty about all those plastic bottles if I wasn't fairly certain that the recycling center in Alpine actually recycles them - but it still seems silly and a huge waste of resources.  Got me to thinking about something that TFL visitors always ask me:  How do you filter your rainwater?  My answer almost 7 years into this project has always been...I don't - yet.  My Georgia hillbilly friend Ronald Nelson has often suggested that I try some ceramic dome filters so I ordered some today to "field test".  Most of these type filters are good for about 3000 gallons of water.  My intake is is less than a gallon a day so one filter could last over 8 years especially since I will be filtering relatively clear rainwater as opposed to dirty swamp water.  Adding a simple heat pasteurization step before filtering would guarantee no bugaboos in my belly.  72,79,57,0,B  

24 comments:

Steve said...

I heard about this guy quite a few years ago. Texas boy. Figured with your hand skills you could assemble your own drought master easily and run it off of a solar panel. Check it out. He offers an instructional DVD on how to build your own. Google his name and you'll find a lot of news reports on his invention. And this would avoid the need for filtering or the possibility of getting a gut full of the wrong bacteria.
http://droughtmasters.net/

And there you have it.

John Wells said...

That technology only works in humid climates. All I would be able to suck out of the air here is dust.

Thunter said...

John this might be a weird question but were you ever in the military? Somebody here in arizona found a zippo lighter with the name Johnny wells - vietnam i know you have been here before. what would the odds be?

rondeb said...

http://www.amazon.com/LifeStraw-Family-1-0-Water-Purifier/dp/B00FM9OBQS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414552090&sr=8-1&keywords=lifestraw+family


We use this filter when out with the family camping off the grid. It is wonderful.

rondeb said...

I don't know how to make that a clicky LOL

John Wells said...

Someone found my lighter!! I did two tours in Nam and was a heavy smoker....when I was 12 years old. ; )

Thunter said...

lol. figured i would ask since it was such a random chance . Thanks again for your blog. i enjoy it very much. i am preparing to go off grid in arizona.

Smack Mama said...

You amaze me! Who will play you in the movie?

sandman x said...

I bought a Berkey water filter a few months ago after I was tired of the crappy muni water supply, and been very happy with it. It also filters my rain catchment water nicely too. I highly recommend it, other than the initial price is high.

Larry G said...

I would think a gravity filter like the Lifestraw would work fine with captured rainwater - kept in a sanitary sealed container...

if you were still concerned use a little bleach..

but if you still decided to buy it, why not buy it in returnable 5 gal containers??

Just get two - when one runs out - start on the second one until you get time to replace the first one.

Mike said...

Check out OZONE by far the cheapest and also easy on the KW's .

david holloway said...

I have a GE whole house filter. It is not for microbiologically unsafe water. It is a sediment filter.

We are going to look into UV water purifiers. We may go with one and purify small batches into a storage tank for drinking and cooking.

Rev.jimmyleebob said...

There is a guy in BC that runs a T in his line just before the tank. Clear ,like a racor filter.He sticks a pool tab
in it. Treats the water as it goes in the tanks.He then has a simple charcoal filter to remove the chlorine for drinking water. Check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSV7oP43Fi8&list=PLQDJTgvXoAZUIrP2-CiAAX3vm9CT4OTmt&html5=1

Margery Bills said...

Water. It depends on what you use it for. It can cause death or sickness. Pollutants float over from Houston and there is or will be the dump barged down from N.J. n.w. of Marfa. I only drink bottled water when I go out. A lot of people use filtered water at home. Maybe I should. It passes inspection. In years past around the world, I drank only soda, used bleach, pills, boiled water, used filters, carried containers of water from safe taps in the city, etc. The acid rain in Fl from the northern factories tasted awful on my lips-shocking.


Harry Flashman said...

The bottles may not be a waste if you have somewhere to store them. I have a good well, and a big creek, and I have a spring that bubbles up near the house. Even so, I keep about 300 gallons stored and most of it is in one gallon Gator aid jugs. I have the storage space , and I rotate the water by using it to water my animals in normal times, so why not?

Thunter said...

could you try your fresnel and a sealed pressure cooker and destile your water it might not be fast but its freeee!

Bob from Athens said...

I could understand filtering rainwater if you were back east or somewhere acid rain was a problem. HOWEWVER what do you except to accomplish filtering it in your part of the country. Seems like a big waste of time and money to filter out a few dust particles.

Gene Adcock said...

John, here is another offering. These filters were used by UMCOR in Honduras to help folks there with their water problems. Highlight this url, right click on it, and select "go to http:xxxxx"in the drop down box.
http://www.cascadeng.com/water-hydraid-biosand-filter

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DJcracker said...

I recommend that you go with a Berkey system. Each filter is rated @ 3000 gallons, and you can have up to 4 filters per unit. As sandman x says, the initial price is high, but your cost per gallon is cheap! All those disposable plastic watervbottles that you have on hand are NOT anywhere close to a sustainable lifesyle.

John Wells said...

Berkey is a waste of money. I bought a $20 filter and a $10 food grade bucket that will do exactly the same as the Berkey $300 stainless steel model.

DJcracker said...

I would like to see the specs on that filter you claim is good as a Berkey. And if you do have the faux-Berkey rig, then why are you wasting your money, time & energy buying and disposing all of that plastic?

We have processed thousands of gallons of water through our Berkeys. Our cost-per-gallon with our initial 4-filter set-up was 3.3 cents per-gallon. It'll only get cheaper, as we won't have to buy the stainless tank again.

John Mclaughlin said...

It really sounds like there are a lot of things that can be done to ensure that you are able to live comfortably on your own water. I personally am very impressed that you're able to get enough rainfall to be able to purify. It also does make a lot of sense that being able to purify this kind of water is easier than the swamp water that you mentioned. Thank you for sharing, and hopefully others found this helpful as well. http://www.waterprofl.com