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Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by That 5hit, Sep 16, 2009.

    That 5hit

    That 5hit Well-Known Member

    If you’re harvesting rainwater with rain barrels to use for watering your landscaping, the rainwater can help to improve the health of your gardens, lawns, and trees. Rain is a naturally soft water and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals. For this reason, plants respond very well to rainwater. After all, it’s what plants in the wild thrive on!

    Volume and weightOne inch of rain falling on 1 acre of ground is equal to about 27,154 gallons and weighs about 113 tons.
    An inch of snow falling evenly on 1 acre of ground is equivalent to about 2,715 gallons of water. This figure, however, based upon the "rule-of-thumb" that 10 inches of snow is equal to 1 inch of water, can vary considerable, depending on whether the snow is heavy and wet, or powdery and dry. Heavy, wet snow has a very high water content—4 or 5 inches of this kind of snow contains about 1 inch of water. Thus, an inch of very wet snow over an acre might amount to more than 5,400 gallons of water, while an inch of powdery snow might yield only about 1,300 gallons.
    One acre-foot of water (the amount of water covering 1 acre to a depth of 1 foot) equals 326,000 gallons or 43,560 cubic feet of water, and weighs 2.7 million pounds.
    One cubic mile of water equals 1.1 trillion gallons, 147.2 billion cubic feet, or 3.38 million acre-feet, and weighs 9.2 trillion pounds (4.6 billion tons).
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    That 5hit

    That 5hit Well-Known Member

    There is no better quality water available naturally than rainwater. Some say there are health benefits to using rainwater which is not treated with chemicals like our mains water is.
    Rainwater falls for free - once you have installed a rain harvesting system, you use less mains water and can reduce your water bills. Governments and Water Boards will increase water prices as they look to recover the true costs of providing water to the community.
    There is no higher quality source of water available to us than rainwater. Unlike water captured in dams which requires an extensive treatment process to ensure a quality fit for human consumption, rainwater that is collected on roofs and stored appropriately represents a sustainable source of water ideal for use inside and outside the home.
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    Doctor Cannabis

    Doctor Cannabis Well-Known Member

    Damn good info. I'm sure one of these rain harvesting systems pays for itself in a short amount of time. I'm curious how much one of these costs and if they can be used for appartment buildings.

    As for the rainwater...agreed, there's no better. But what about the folks that sometimes have a dash of acid rain pouring down on their location? I hope these harvesting systems can be closed in case of something like that.

    +rep anyways for a really interesting post.

    trapper Well-Known Member

    i used snow all last winter it had a ppm reading of 40 just like the rain water i use,rain water goes to 50 because of leaves and stuff in it.but its all good,i dont worry about the parasisites are shit people talk about the live in rain barrels and snow,but then trappers never do.
    Green Cross

    Green Cross Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't even drink rain water in the midwest let alone give it to my babies lol
    That 5hit

    That 5hit Well-Known Member

    i have to look it up
    but from my understanding it would be fine even with the acid rain - naybe just need some ph adjustment - i read some where that if you plain on drinking it to let it rain for i little while then start collecting the water, this will allow time for the water to clean the airbongsmilie or you could let the harvested water stand for a day allowing to heaver partical to fall then pull from the top of the res

    and i live in chicago and they surgest using it here and i no we have acid rain but i will collect some and ph/ ppm it before each use

    type you city and the the words rain water in do a search Ie.. chicago rain water

    these system are ezly DIY
    as simple as putting a tote outside uncovered each time it rains
    they also sale them in homedepot
    menards, , any homeimprovement places
    i plan on building my own
    why pay 200$ for somthing you could build for 25$

    doc111 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info bro. +rep to you!
    That 5hit

    That 5hit Well-Known Member

    i came up with this for those who might not have access to good water- the water that falls from the ski can be treated ezer then the water that comes from the sink

    this will clean all that, a simple carbon filter
    Doctor Cannabis

    Doctor Cannabis Well-Known Member

    Oh man... my mother called my a few months ago telling me to buy her one of these...
    That 5hit

    That 5hit Well-Known Member

    im not saying go out and buy or build some system im saying do your home work look at the rain water in your area
    collect some and test it PH|PPM

    any water you have ever drank on this planet fell as rain : and i wouldnt drink it either but not because it fell from the ski but i would us it in my res

    youtube has great info on this
    That 5hit

    That 5hit Well-Known Member

    this is great shit, better then ............
    Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry Well-Known Member

    Why not put the "daisy chain" pipes on the bottom of the barrels? That should allow them all to fill up equally and you only need one spicket on the bottom of the lowest level barrel. The higher ones would flow into the lower one as water is used up. You would still want the over flow on the upper of the highest level barrel as it would fill and over flow last.
    You would need to make sure all the pipes were sealed for leaks of course.
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    That 5hit

    That 5hit Well-Known Member

    smart man this will work +rep
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    Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry Well-Known Member

    Thanks, and +rep back at ya.

    P.S. IMHO, it would be good to have a very small vent tube connecting all containers on the top edge. That would allow air to escape into the highest barrel while filling. Without it, the down stream containers could build up pressure from the trapped air and not allow them to fill all the way. If you just punch a hole in them, then your will get leakage as the up stream containers will empty and flow out due to gravity until all are equally filled...if that makes any sense.
    That 5hit

    That 5hit Well-Known Member

    if you had large enough container you could shover enough snow in the winter to last all year long
    but remimber snow to water is a 10 to 1 ratio
    so when you melt the snow it will take allot more of it to = out
    and also i may be wrong, and i will look this up but snow is way cleaner then regular rain water, not like rain water isn't the best asis, but just for a next best way of natural refinement of the water, snow will work allso, dont let the winter slow your grow

    MartinezTree Active Member

    There is a lot of pollution in the rain tho isnt there like what if you live is L.A
    That 5hit

    That 5hit Well-Known Member

    if you feel theres is pollution in you rain
    you let it rain for a while before you start to collect it
    by doing this you let the rain clean the air
    you can also look it up you'll be surprized what you'll find
    its maybe not good to drink. but it is the best for your plants
    if you cant use you tap
    use rain
    That 5hit

    That 5hit Well-Known Member

    As rainwater may be contaminated, it is often not considered suitable for drinking without treatment. However, there are many examples of rainwater being used for all purposes — including drinking — following suitable treatment.
    Rainwater harvested from roofs can contain animal and bird faeces, mosses and lichens, windblown dust, particulates from urban pollution, pesticides, and inorganic ions from the sea (Ca, Mg, Na, K, Cl, SO4), and dissolved gases (CO2, NOx, SOx). High levels of pesticide have been found in rainwater in Europe with the highest concentrations occurring in the first rain immediately after a dry spell;[5] the concentration of these and other contaminants are reduced significantly by diverting the initial flow of water to waste as described above. The water may need to be analysed properly, and used in a way appropriate to its safety. In Gansu province for example, harvested rainwater is boiled in parabolic solar cookers before being used for drinking.[citation needed] In Brazil alum and chlorine is added to disinfect water before consumption.[citation needed] So-called "appropriate technology" methods, such as solar water disinfection, provide low-cost[citation needed] disinfection options for treatment of stored rainwater for drinking.
    Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry Well-Known Member

    But in the end, all rain keeps all the yards, trees, flowers, and wild animals alive. So just don't drink it, as it may be bad for us, but looking at all things green outside...It MUST be good for the plants, or everything would die.
    Rain is free, so use it but just don't drink it.
    All drinking water started as, was, or will be again rain water. Hell, I think all water on the planet has at one time or other been passed through some form of living thing. Its all recycled. Water companies put in lots of chemicals to make it safe for us to drink...And it is those same chemicals we need to remove (chlorine and such) to make it good for our plants.
    That 5hit

    That 5hit Well-Known Member

    this is gr8 info for any state city or town

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