Rain barrel water quality

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Author: Joe Jenkins (Joe)
Sunday, August 05, 2007 - 2:41 pm
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We use rain barrels and have for decades. We collect the water off slate roofs for the cleanest water. Nevertheless, it still gets dirty and the barrels must be cleaned every year if the water is to be used for bathing. Mice get into them and drown, for example, fouling the water. If the water is used for gardening, washing compost buckets or even watering animals, the barrels won't need cleaned unless the water develops an odor. Ideally, the water inlet is tight enough to prevent mice from entering. Our wooden rain water barrels are designed with that in mind and we've never had to clean them. Our plastic barrel has had dead mice in it several times and has to be cleaned yearly.

Author: catbox (Catbox)
Monday, July 30, 2007 - 1:59 pm
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I don't know anything about rain barrels.

Does the water become foul after it sits in the barrel for a while?

Has anyone had a rain barrel tip over during an earthquake?

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