Living Safely Off Of Rain Water

Home Shelter Living Safely Off Of Rain Water
Published on August 10, 2016


  1. What could you get rid of in this system if you were just using it for hand washing, and showers? Have you ever sent pre and post filtration samples in to a lab? Would love to see the numbers on this, I bet they're great.

  2. I just love what you do.
    FYI, what you showed in this video is ILLEGAL for a private citizen in Oregon.

  3. How can we get the blueprint through Paypal? I refuse to enter a credit card for these one time small purchases due to people stealing my number twice in the last year.

  4. Thank you so much. I am building a system now and I would like to see the 2 hour version. I want to know everything there is to know about collecting water.

  5. I really enjoy watching your videos. They are informative and …..inspiring. Keep it up!

  6. Can you share the Bill of materials? Many thanks!

  7. Wouldn't it be beneficial to the pump and the pressure tank to have the filters before entering the pump to reduce wear on those items?

  8. illegal in colorado springs, we are not allowed to impeed the progress of the water to the river.

  9. For information on treating rain water with slow sand filters look at the channel called "edvac1".

  10. Was wondering if you or other preppers are familiar with slow sand filters for surface water treatment.  I am a civil engineer and I work for a state agency regulating public water systems. As part of my job I approve drinking water treatment and inspect water systems.  I have put a lot of thought into how I would obtain a sustainable (infinite) safe water supply.  Most options depend on some sort of manufactured item that has a limited lifespan.  So in some period of time they would be worthless.  But one sustainable and easily replaceable method is to build a slow sand filter.  They can be built so they are 100% gravity fed (don't need electricity), are made of naturally occurring material (sand and gravel), and are so effective at treating water that government agencies approve their use (they are on the CDC's website too). After water passes through a ripened filter and you add some disinfectant it is safe to drink.  To generate chorine as a disinfectant you can use electrolysis and brine to create 0.8% sodium hypochlorite.  (Just need a solar panel system for electricity).  I also think building slow sand filters will be a great solution for all of the unprepared people.  As part of my preps I've put together a binder of plans and instructions for building small-scale filter systems and I plan on sharing them with people who are caught by "surprise" when the SHTF  I hope more preppers look into these as an option because they are simple and easily replaced when society is no longer functional.

  11. What is your roof made of? Don't they coat metal roofs with different types of sealants? I wonder if there is any sealant in your "potable" water?

  12. This looks great so thanks for sharing that. I'm curious though about how much you have invested into a system like this. Surely the good filters are expensive as are the covered gutters, skimmer, reservoirs, piping valves and pressure pump, etc. How did you determine your reservoir(s) size(s)? Do you use this in addition to a well? I know you are selling your plans but why is there is no info on how much the plans cost?

  13. Thanks, been hoping for this extensive of a video for rain collection.

  14. where can I buy the ball for the first flush diverter

  15. Does it remove viruses as well?

  16. Hi. As a female, and one not mechanically inclined, I think I would go with a coquina bowl (porous shell rock found in st. Augustine. While on a tour at the "oldest house" they demonstrated how the early settlers would use coquina to filter their water. Boiling after filtering it of course. I appreciate the work that went into this system though. You will be super useful to some lucky gal 😊

  17. I'm in Australia and we're fairly lucky to have good, clean rainwater. I use my rainwater for cooking, cleaning, washing, irrigation, flushing, bathing and drinking without any filtration or treatment other than gutter guards and screens on the tanks.

    Having said that, I do want to set up a first flush system to cut down on sediment in the tanks. I have two tanks for rainwater storage, one 90,000 litres and one about 4,000 litres.

  18. Ibpn

    what's the cost of the system shown?

  19. Do you have concerns about a comp roof or does the filters take out any chemicals from the tarasphalt compound? Or do you need a metal roof only?

  20. Scott,
    I very much appreciate all the work you do and share with us. The "Blueprint" download report from your link on this page is very useful to !
    On thing that would help me is more detail like a list of filter components you recommend to use after pulling water out of the tank. Is this the way you recommend to make drinking water: a swirl filter 104 micron, canister 20 micron, canister 5 micron, ceramic filter .9 microns.
    Thanks. Bob

  21. What if we lose electricity? How can we filter water if a solar flare or EMP happens and we have no power? Thank you very much, love your vids!

  22. Ok, the water is sterile going to the house but what if anything past the ceramic filter maintains sterile water in the pipes and faucets? Thank for the great video. Best Regards, Bruce

  23. I have a question. How much land do you have or need to build on, including home, garden, out buildings, ect to do all the things you do AND where is a great place to find the land, at a great price. You see I'm looking for a place to get off grid, yet still have other corp. energy option if needed. Not to close to the neighbors, yet close enough for doctors, if a major medical happens, so no one in my family will suffer, due to the location.

  24. 2 hour video on filtration go for it your YT are so informative it would be watched enthusiastically btw what no UV filter? grin

  25. If you add a uv light then it would protect you from viruses. One sick bird going to the bathroom on your roof could make you sick.

  26. 1timby

    Hmm I surprised that the last filter will kill off pathogens. Birds aren't always the cleanest creatures as they poop everywhere. Most other systems I've seen have a UV or some other final filter to make sure this doesn't happen. Just my 2 cents…LOL

    The earth-ship folks have a similar system to catch rain water for potable purposes. They have several stages to allow the water to be diverted for different usages. They branch off after a few filters for water for sinks(wash hands) & bathing. And they have a final stage & fixtures through out the home for potable water. They call the system a WOM…..LOL

    These things are always great. I really enjoy your vids & wouldn't have minded a 2 hour vid on potable rain water catchment systems.

    Thanks as always for all the hard work.

  27. I thought you have a water well on your property. That's why you have the red hand pump. If you have a well then why not just generate electric for the well pump to fill 100gl of drinking water stored in the house and use the gutter system for toilet flush?

  28. In the process of setting up our rain water system. Gutters are up, tanks are in, 1800 gallon capacity . Will be installing our first flush soon. We also have installed water catchment at our chicken coop. I am eager to see the system work.
    I bought a water purification system from lowe's, we're hoping to use solar to run a 12v pump to move the water.
    Also First Flush has a filter screen that can be removed and cleaned, it's for the diverted water that drains out. Do they help or are you using one?
    Are sand filters a viable option for drinking water? We were thinking of installing one at the coop but unsure of how well it would remove contaminates for livestock.
    In this video I saw you were using a pressure tank, is it for the incoming water (pre-filtered) or is it for your filtered water,. I would guess filtered. I had never considered a pressure tank.
    Thanks for any help.

  29. You do it all, don't ya! Solar, and water….all good stuff to know. Thanks for sharing. Hope business is booming!!:-)

  30. I am curious about how the initial drain is setup off of the gutters. It looks like you have a tee for overflow near the top? How is the very first filter connected to the rest of the system?

  31. How much is a complete setup?

  32. Birds and their droppings can carry over 60 known diseases some are transmitted via airborne. What part of the filtration treatment addresses this issue? Great video!

  33. Jim H

    Who needs filters!!! "That which does not kill us only makes us stronger." Lol

  34. Lol, in Australia, barely anyone worries about filtering whatsoever their rain water for drinking off their roof. You're worrying about nothing. It's good to have some bacteria anyway, for your immune system and general gut flora. Hell, i know people who have had dead possums or rodents in their drinking water and they still haven't got sick. Much of rural Australia lives like this and we're not all doing like flies. Worry, worry, worry. For nothing, mate. Lol

  35. Best not to use the outside setup if you live in a winter climate. You'd have lots of cracked pipes. In the north we usually have a cistern located at basement level and then flush out the solids that sink through a bottom drain. Likewise all the pump and filters need to be protected against freezing.

  36. Great video. Very informative. Thanks for the information. I had not thought of adding the orifice plate for a controlled discharge and drain down. Very clever.

  37. Great info! My worries are that l live where we have winter, you know snow, ice and very cold air. What kind of system would l use for winter storage? l am afraid of pipes freezing. l would like to down size to a tiny house, on a trailer, where would everything go?

  38. Maybe you need to clarify its a P-trap because it looks like the letter P. For many (too many!) years, I had thought it was a PEE-trap, because somehow it trapped urine. Boy oh boy, did I feel silly when I learned the truth, LOL.

  39. Could you use black berkey filters instead of ceramics in the last filter station?

  40. Hello: When my great uncle built his house in the 40's the rain water came of the roof into a cistern with a hand pump on top of the ground. He had a well for the house. Since he was born in 1910 I bet if he wanted a drink while working in the yard we know where he got it. I was thinking of all the bird poop in the roof.

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