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Old 25-10-2018, 09:28 PM   #36
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Exclamation My father has done it since 1 July 1999, so has my mother since 1994

Originally Posted by grimstock View Post
For rainwater harvesting, and doing it cheaply, I can recommend the Harcostar diverter for downpipes which can be cut to suit round or square pipes of popular size. It works very efficiently.
Alternatively, divert the guttering. You may require attachment to a downpipe no lower than around 2.5 metres from the ground for successful installation of this system.
These guidelines are intended for a standalone permanent off-grid survival system using natural distilled water (rainwater) to provide a high-quality end result, and are not intended for tap water.
For filtration and removal of toxic chemicals and heavy metals, use AC pellets (activated carbon) filter. No need to buy expensive cartridges, Stay off the grid and make your own. For good bacteria growth in the tanks and filters use ceramic bio rings. These and the activated carbon are used for fish tanks and are not expensive.(Do not use the plastic bio balls) use only ceramic. Do not use the carbon with deoderant - only the pure AC. Do not use zeolite.

Note that the water tank will become exceptionally heavy when full, and should therefore be on solid ground, raised blocks(not plastic) at a sufficient height to allow drawing of water. When fitting taps or connectors to the tank, use the supplied rubber seal on the inside of the tank. Make sure everything is right before use, as you will have to lose all the saved water to repair or amend. If connecting several tanks together, make the connections on the lower part of the tanks and not at the top. This will give unity throughout the system. A good point to use would be at or just below tap height. If using more than one tank, fit stopcock valves on the connecting pipes to enable isolation of the one being serviced to prevent losing all your water.
Most important: fit the tap no lower than one third of the height of the tank to protect the bacteria and nutrients, and to ensure any large-scale loss of fullerenes does not occur - That is if the tank is one and a hafl metres high, fit the tap no lower than 0.5 metres from the bottom.
Use a particle filter to remove rubbish and sludge prior to the water entering the system. These are available on the German ebay site and are a 5 inch filter with 1"bsp connectors with washable filters. They are sometimes also available in lidl for around £8. Personally, I would recommend at least two connected in series as a starting point. These will not restrict the flow, although you may install finer filtering if you wish. Any particle filters will do the job. Regularly clean the guttering to prevent early blockage of the particle filters.

As the system will be gravity-fed, do not use reverse osmosis filters - these will stop the flow, and are only for pressurised systems. Do not use "nano" plastic rings.

If the AC filter appears to be getting dirty (it should not),then add more particle filters to the system. I would certainly recommend two particle filters connected in series to begin with. They will always reqiire regular cleaning.,The filter box should ideally remain clean inside all the time, maybe a little bit of algae and bacteria, but not much else.
For water tanks, preferably purchase once used orange juice transporter tanks, (do not use tanks used for olives, as they will taint the water) much cheaper than new, and foodsafe, and come in many sizes up to several thousand litres. Avoid transparent or opaque (or IBC) tanks as these will require regular replacement due to algae growth if using in sunlight, although they can be painted to avoid this. For filter boxes to take the water before running off to the tank, do not buy new, use a new plastic toolbox with an upper tray. Fit tank connectors onto the lid and half way (or more) up the side for inlet and outlet, and drill a few holes in the sides of the upper tray so it will not overflow. If it has a hole in the middle, drill the holes there. Obviously, the deeper the water levels in both the tray and the sump, the better the filtering will be. Ensure tank and toolbox plastics are foodsafe by checking the material used here:

Use both the upper tray and the lower box for filtration, and this should not require filter replacement for several years, and then , just change the AC pellets, keep the ceramic bio rings (you can clean them first if you wish) and recharge with new carbon.
The toolbox will now provide a streaming filter on the upper tray, before the water drops down into a sump filter before being fed to the water tank. You may have to cover the toolbox to prevent degeneration from sunlight depending on the plastic used.
The tank should never require servicing or cleansing. let the bacteria grow. Keep some bio rings in the tank. The tank (and filter(s)) must be able to breathe! A very fine mesh media bag may be put over breathers to prevent insect penetration.
After around two weeks, the water will start to be noticeably superior to anything sold in the shops.

To neutralise radioactive contaminated rainwater, add on a similar filtration system with a maifan filter, following the AC filter. This will remove any heavy metal ions from the water not picked up by the AC filter. In addition it will, like the shungite, release only highly beneficial elements into the water at the same time. Fullerenes, when present, will also detect and capture/ transform radioactive gases in the water, but it is a little unclear as to the protection from radioactive gases contained in rain water by the AC and Maifan filters, so I hope to have a quick-fix intermediate remedy for this in the near future, in order to remove any chance of this gas surviving the above system, and to doubly-ensure removal occurs, prior to the presence of fullerenes.

To provide hydrogen water add some soot from a pure coal fire to the tank (very little is needed), and wait for several freeze-ups to occur, then wait for the tank to thaw. The water will become charged with additional oxygen, and bubbles like champagne when activated. (This can take a few years)
To add all the healthy minerals you could possible need to the water, and removal of any other harmful poison, place natural classical shungite chips and dust into the tank (do not wash the dust off).
Other additions, such as you may require (salts or bicarbonates, etc.) may be added via the filter box.

Only when fullerenes are present will the water be additionally self-cleansing and act as healing water (hydrogen water). Fullerenes can be released into the water from soot or shungite. Activation comes with (natural) freezing.

To render outdoor pond freshwater safe, use oxygenating plants, and most importantly, duckweed, which can also be harvested as greens in hot sunny weather. keep the duckweed at approximately 40 to 60 per cent coverage all the time if possible. You may also use any of the bio media mentioned above, should you feel the need. To reduce algae growth, float some barley straw logs in the pond. they will need either water flow or wind to work. If the algae is not troublesome - just a small amount does no harm. It is a sign of good quality water. The logs should last between 6 weeks and 6 months, as it is only when they rot they block the algae growth. Remove these when they are visibly rotten, as this will then be detrimental to water quality.
My father has done it since 1 th July 1999, so has my mother since 1 th August 1994.

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