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    Default @home small-scale rainwater collection?

    My wife and I want to collect rainwater for soap-making and other purposes.

    I am trying to figure out a way to collect it on a small scale. I am thinking a 5-gallon bucket w/ a lid that has a sealable opening, some sort of tubing that can secure around that, a filter (such as window screen mesh), and a collection pan of some sort (maybe a drywall puddy pan?).

    We live in an apartment with a deck and railing, so we will have to have it be pretty rigid so it can prop up against (and maybe over) the railing.

    You guys have any ideas or have seen something similar?

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    Okay. I think I have it. Here we go, people!

    (in order of construction order from ground-up)
    - 5-gallon bucket
    - window screen mesh (as filter)
    - 5-gallon bucket lid (which will hold the filter in place)
    - rain gutter downspout extension hosing
    - small section of rain gutter

    I think this should work.

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    Be aware that if you don't put bleach in it or cover it with a really super fine screen, you will get mosquitoes in it. And, if it sits too long, you might get algea growing in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zakity View Post
    Be aware that if you don't put bleach in it or cover it with a really super fine screen, you will get mosquitoes in it. And, if it sits too long, you might get algea growing in it.
    Bleach? Hmm. I'm not sure I would want to use that, especially when it will be used for natural soap.

    So, what sort of filter do you suggest? Really think mosquitos will get through window screen meshing?

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    3 drops of bleach per gallon will keep it safe - so for a 5 gal use 15 drops if you are planning on storing it for any length of time- but if your going to catch it on monday and use it tuesday no worries. once your ready to use this for soap making- take the lid off and let it sit 24 hours for the chlorine to evaporate.

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    Hmm. Well, since this will not be for profit (at first, anyways), I was thinking we harvest it the day of or after. There won't be any storing. Any extra will be dumped out or drank via our bobbles.

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    Check out the ferrocement dot com to see making a rain gutter with cement and acrylic and muslin. Wrap the bucket using the same material and light won't get in to grow algae.

    I know you are working on a small scale with this project but the site has lots of topics about this kind of subject.

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