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4 Fresh Water Ideas That Could Change The World. Jonathan Parker, GuestWaking Times 2013. The year of flying cars and private space travel right? My broken phone that’s lying on the floor next to the chair has more computing power than existed in the whole world 40 years ago We are no longer talking about how to reach space, but what mundane tasks to do when we get there. Hmm, well, there still is a big demand for real estate with a view. But people smarter than me estimate that 20% of the worlds population has almost zero access to clean drinking water. Priorities, shmiorities. Well, thankfully, there are still quite a few more people out there, also smarter than me, that are working on solutions for this problem. 1. Of course the idea doesn’t have to stop there. I feel like there are plenty of people out there with deep pockets that could find it in their hearts to contribute to a cause like this. 2.

Finding a way to extract fresh water from the oceans has been on a lot of minds for a long time. Hey, a guy can dream can’t he? 3. 4. R) - Aquabarrel: Start Here to learn about rain barrel products. - Aquabarrel.com. I know what you're thinking. All you wanted was a rain barrel and now look at all the decisions you're faced with.

With so many choices, how does one decide which one or what parts to buy? We've put together some questions to ask yourself that will help you determine what rain harvesting products you might need to complete your rain barrel project. If you're still unsure, just send us a couple of photos of where you think the cistern or rain harvesting rain barrel will live and we'll help you figure it out. If you find that these questions are just adding to your frustration then allow me to point you to two of the best selling and highly functional rain barrels we offer: Are you just looking for a set of DIY instructions to build your very own rain barrel?

If you already have a plastic barrel do you just need the right rain barrel parts kit to convert it? Looking for a basic 55 gallon rain barrel that was used to ship food in? Don't want your neighbors to know that you covet rainwater? Rainwater collection. Rainwater harvesting. There’s a lot of advice floating around the internets about how to make a rain barrel.

Most barrel pundits suggest drilling a hole in the bottom of a barrel and installing a faucet, a kind of connection called a “bulkhead fitting”. Unfortunately such improvised fittings have a tendency to leak. My favorite way to make a rain barrel is to take a 55 gallon drum, use the preexisting fittings on the top and turn it upside down, a process explained nicely here (complete with a list of parts), by B.

Chenkin who will also sell you a kit at Aquabarrel.com. To get started, you get a ubiquitous 55 gallon drum with two threaded “bung” holes that look like this: A good source for this kind of barrel is your local car wash. Glue that up with some PVC cement, wrap the threads with teflon tape, and you’re almost ready to collect rainwater. The overflow connection is another reason I like Chenkin’s design. How to Build a Rainwater Collection System: 9 steps. Steps Method 1 of 4: Getting Rain Barrel Supplies 1Obtain one or more water storage barrels.

You can buy a water storage barrel online, but it's cheaper to get a used one from a company that uses large barrels to store food and other merchandise (just be sure to clean it thoroughly with soapy water). A rain barrel can also be made from a large plastic trash can. Get a barrel that will hold 30 to 55 gallons of water. If you decide to get a used barrel, make sure that it didn't formerly contain oil, pesticides, or any other type of toxic substance. 2Get additional supplies to turn the barrels into a water collection system. Method 2 of 4: Building a Rain Barrel Platform 1Level an area right next to your downspout. 3Stack concrete blocks on top of the pea gravel.

Method 3 of 4: Adding the Spigot and Overflow Valve 1Drill a spigot hole in the side of your barrel. 4Make an overflow valve. Method 4 of 4: Assembling the Collection System 1Connect the downspout elbow to the downspout. Tips Ad. Rainwater Collection Systems. Build a Rainwater Collection System. Ten years ago, I acquired two 55-gallon plastic drums to store an emergency supply of water for the impending Y2K disaster occurring at the stroke of midnight 2000. Of course, I became suspicious when the plane I was flying on did not fall out of the sky on 9/9/99 and my trusty Honda still ran like a charm well past January 1, 2000.

Being the positive person that I am, I was grateful to acquire several storage containers of personal hygiene items, first aid supplies and all kinds of camping paraphenia that I still use. So what if Y2K was the biggest con ever-perpetuated on mankind? I have all kinds of emergency supplies on hand, plus two 55-gallon plastic barrels! As an avid vegetable and flower gardener, I’ve been hearing about the importance of using a system of collecting rainwater runoff from roofs. Containers can be easily found on Craigslist by searching for “rain barrels” or a local feed store for a going rate of $10 to $15. Step 1) Clean the barrels. Like this: Like Loading... Rainwater Harvesting by Davocann. The Pond Digger. Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Systems. The practice of rainwater harvesting dates back to the earliest days of civilization yet was nearly lost in the age of inexpensive and readily available municipal water supplies.

Lately, with the cost and supply of municipal water becoming an issue, there has been a growing resurgence of interest in rainwater harvesting by home and building owners. Thousands of small systems suppliers have emerged to fill the demands of homeowners across the country. But there are special challenges for the more sophisticated systems installed in commercial and institutional buildings. The vastly larger quantities of rainwater collected require more sophisticated processing and storage, and the engineering standards and approval requirements are significantly more rigorous.

Wahaso focuses entirely on the commercial and institutional building market – and has developed proven, large-scale rainwater harvesting systems that meet rigorous building and regulatory requirements. Every Little Drop. Rainwater harvesting. Rain Filter and Flush Diverter. Collecting rainwater now illegal? (NaturalNews) Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I'm about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level.

You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else. As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from "diverting" water that falls on their own homes and land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states.

Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use. "Utah's the second driest state in the nation. Dew Collection for Survival Water. Besides air, water is of primary importance if you hope to stay alive longer than a few days in a survival situation. And if you’re stuck in a place where your source of water becomes polluted and you have no filter available there is still a way to get distilled, potable water — and that is through dew. Collecting dew is a rather simple process, however there are a few guidelines that need to be followed if you plan on using this method: Guidelines for Collecting Dew Do not collect dew in these circumstances: On or near poisonous plantsOn plants or objects that are chemically treated or sprayedIn areas where obvious animal defecation has taken placeNear roadsides How to Collect Dew Dew collection requires only three steps: Step 1: Find an area with a good amount of dew The best time to gather dew is in the early morning before the sun has touched your collection area.

Step 2: Wipe up the dew with an absorbent material Step 3: Wring out the dew Dew Collections Yields and Filtering. How To Become Water Self Sufficient. The following article has been contributed by Lucas Patriotus, a special services veteran with years of survival training. It has been published with permission of the author. It does not necessarily represent the views of PreppingToSurvive.com. Water Is Life I don’t need to tell you why your family needs safe potable water as well as long term food storage, first aid kits, and other survival gear to survive the aftermath of an emergency or disaster. People can live for days or even weeks without food but no one survives past 4 or 5 days without water. Living on very short rations an “average” person can survive on a minimum of one gallon of water for replacement of normal activities loss, per day. “…Drinking, sanitation and hygiene constitute the basic human survival needs for water.

Including drinking, sanitation and hygiene that same family of four would require 1560 gallons of potable water to survive for 30 days. Water Availability is not Guaranteed Rain Water Harvesting Lucas P. Kammok tarp collects rainwater for drinking. Hammok manufacturer Kammok is working to bring an innovative new tarp to market. Not only does the tarp provide shelter from the rain, it funnels that rain into a gutter system and bottles it, providing a hassle-free way of procuring clean drinking water. View all Unlike other sources of water common in the wild, rainwater is inherently clean and a good option for refilling a water bottle, especially if you don't have a water purification system on hand.

However, collecting water with narrow-mouthed bottles or hydration bladders can be difficult and ineffective. The Glider seeks to make rainwater collection easier with a dual-function design. On the surface, it is a simple backpacking tarp that can add weather protection to the Kammok Roo hammock or serve as a standalone shelter or sun shade. The amount of water that the Glider system will collect obviously depends upon how much rain is falling. Source: Kickstarter, Kammock Share. Creating A Simple And Inexpensive Rain Water Collection System | The Farm - Old World Garden Farms. Our barn’s metal roof is our supply of water for the entire farm Visitors to the farm are usually surprised to learn that we water the entire garden and landscape with reclaimed rain water.

Our system, which collects and stores rainwater from our barn’s metal roof, provides 100% of our annual watering needs. The best part, it was extremely easy to install, and can be inexpensively adapted to almost any home, shed or roof with a gutter. We spent the past week hooking our tanks back up from winter storage – and within 24 hours - we had just over 150 gallons stored from a single rain. It’s been over a year now since we first completed the rain collection system – and I honestly don’t know how we survived without it. It gives us access to free water, and with our two plastic tote tanks, can collect as much as 550 gallons from a single downpour.

And that’s only using rain from the back portion of the roof! How it works: This is from one single rain last week – about 125 gallons Like this: Rainwater Harvesting. How to Build a Rain Barrel: The Family Handyman. Rain Harvesting.