Water on the Roof?

Discussion in 'Finding, Purifying, and Storing Water' started by tilburkj, Jun 30, 2016.

0/5, 0 votes

  1. tilburkj

    tilburkj New Member
      1/23

    Blog Posts:
    0
    My grandfather is amazing. He saves his rainwater for plants and puts it through a strainer, and he's been doing this for years. However, I'm really curious about rainwater and the possibilities for purifying it enough for drinking. How would one begin the process? Could you use cheesecloth and then boil for 30 minutes (much like you would for a boil advisory)? What could I do to make it as safe as possible? Thanks!
     
    Keith H. likes this.
  2. crimsonghost747

    crimsonghost747 New Member
      8/23

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Rainwater itself, assuming you aren't living inside a smog cloud, is potable. :) So the only thing I'd worry about is how clean your collection system is.
    Even with a clean collection system you could boil the water to kill any bacteria, I'd say this is probably not necessary but if you have the time and the means to do it then it certainly won't hurt.

    Keep in mind that human beings have survived thousands of years by drinking water from natural sources. It's not like you will suddenly drop dead if you don't get it from a fancy plastic bottle. :)
     
  3. lonewolf

    lonewolf Moderator Staff Member
      410/460

    Blog Posts:
    0
    all water sources-including rainwater- should be classed as polluted because the chances are that it is.
    filter with a cloth to remove all the larger particles and put it through a filter system if you can, at the very least it should be boiled.
     
  4. Keith H.

    Keith H. Moderator Staff Member
      375/460

    Blog Posts:
    7
    I can't answer for anyone else living anywhere else, but we have no need to filter the rainwater we catch & store from the roof of our house. We do however live in a forest, & not in the city, city roof tops can be polluted from vehicle traffic fumes.
    Keith.
     
  5. joshposh

    joshposh Expert Member
      230/345

    Blog Posts:
    0
    In a city where it's polluted and smog filled the air, I would be worried about the water. If the dirt and filth of the city gutters don't contaminate the waters, it makes you wonder if there is already something in the water because of the smog.

    But where I'm from, the rain water is just fine. But if you have reservations about your current living situation or possible contamination, then you need to boil it for a safe piece of mind.
     
  6. CivilDefense

    CivilDefense Expert Member
      235/345

    Blog Posts:
    0
    It is a good idea, regardless of the source, to filter rainwater. Some may be potable without said, but considering the odds that it might contain harmful material, it is better to run it through a filtration device. The good news such systems can be had for very little investment. And considering water is absolutely essential for life, there is no reason to scrimp in this department.
     
  7. giovanniiiii

    giovanniiiii New Member
      8/29

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Before thinking about making a rainwater collecting system, one should always consider if his area is populated with cats. We have been living in the city for years now and some nights I hear cats running on the roofs, hinting that some of them stay there. My father once climbed the roof of my uncle's house to fix the signal antenna. He then told me that there are lots of cat excrements on the roof. Ever since I try to stay away from water falling from the roof if it is raining, since I see it as very unclean and dirty.
     
    Keith H. likes this.
    1. Keith H.
      Good point!
      Keith.
       
      Keith H., Jul 17, 2017
  8. TsuyoyRival

    TsuyoyRival New Member
      9/29

    Blog Posts:
    0
    I actually never thought about it and makes a lot of sense. Where I live there are a lot of cats, and the possibility of collecting water for plants has crossed my mind, but drinking it is certainly not a good idea (i thought). But let's say we're on an emergency status and the only way to gather water is from the rain, I would consider boiling it or even input a small amount of bleach.
     
  9. Scarlet

    Scarlet Member
      23/29

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Ever since I was a kid, it has been a practice to collect rain water when there is no water but not for drinking. I heard one time from the advice of our doctor from the television to our countrymen that our rain water can be boiled and be safely used as drinking water in case there is no available potable water.
     
  10. Corzhens

    Corzhens Master Survivalist
      277/345

    Blog Posts:
    0
    When we had our kitchen extended by 14 square meters, we planned on having a water tank for collecting rainwater. It will be fitted with a faucet that would run down the ground so it would be convenient. However, we ran out of budget so the water tank did not materialize. But the roof of the extended kitchen is concrete which can be made into our planned c0ncrete water tank.

    I don't recommend rain water for drinking because we don't know the impurities that it contains. Pollution is heavy even here in the suburbs. Maybe boiling is okay but still not recommendable.
     
Loading...
Similar Threads Forum Date
Is There A Sunscreen Out There That Is Actually Water Proof? General Q&A Jul 11, 2017
Water Distiller Finding, Purifying, and Storing Water Nov 13, 2018
Earthquake Resistant Solar Dome With Water Capture Going Off The Grid Nov 9, 2018
Bottled Water Financial Planning Oct 23, 2018
20 Waterbrick 3.5 Gal Water Storage Containers $240 For Sale Sep 20, 2018
Long Term Water Storage Question Finding, Purifying, and Storing Water Jul 28, 2018
Guide On Collecting And Purifying Water Finding, Purifying, and Storing Water Jul 14, 2018
How To Make A Water Filtering System In The Forest Survival Stories Jun 16, 2018
Hawaii Volcano Could Trigger Underwater Landslide, Tsunami Earthquake May 15, 2018
48 Hours Solo With Just A Knife A Water Bottle And Fire Steel Other Advanced Survival Skills Feb 20, 2018

Share This Page