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Treeman
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What are the do's and don'ts?

I have read quite a bit on the construction of cisterns but there isn't a lot about the finer details.

I am very conscious about water conservation but need to have a better understanding from those who deal with it constantly.

What should we look for when buying a home?
What are the yearly maintenance issues?
How many allons are needed per year?

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Posted : February 26, 2016 10:55 pm
fidodog
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What are the do's and don'ts?

I have read quite a bit on the construction of cisterns but there isn't a lot about the finer details.

I am very conscious about water conservation but need to have a better understanding from those who deal with it constantly.

What should we look for when buying a home?
What are the yearly maintenance issues?
How many allons are needed per year?

Glad you posted this. Something more to research. I might be able to supply some answers from my landlord here in CO, USA. From what I've seen (or haven't seen) it doesn't look like a bunch of constant maintenance, Time to learn more, I guess.

Anyone with knowledge on this, please chime in. 🙂

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Posted : February 27, 2016 2:52 am
Scubadoo
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They clean and reseal the cisterns under our condos every few years. You'll probably want a super dooper reverse osmosis filter to maintain if you want to drink the water regularly.

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Posted : February 27, 2016 3:40 am
fidodog
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They clean and reseal the cisterns under our condos every few years. You'll probably want a super dooper reverse osmosis filter to maintain if you want to drink the water regularly.

I'm on a well at my current location and we have a UV filter. Would that work? Water's different everywhere you go. How many gallons is a Super Dooper RO set up compared to (lets say) an under sink model?

Thanks for ringing in. 🙂

~ Andrew

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Posted : February 27, 2016 4:40 am
Scubadoo
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I'm not claiming to be a water filter expert but UV is only intended to kill bacteria. A particulate filter will take out particles. A charcoal filter will absorb some but not all chemicals (including oder producing chemicals). Combine these to get all three.

No matter what, an under the sink filter is not going to cut it with a cistern, you need whole house.

Anything and everything including any chemicals that land on your roof (or chemicals that leach form your roof) will go into the cistern other than what the screen catches. Those chemicals could come from upper atmosphere, car/truck exhaust, pesticide overspray, WAPA plant, used to be Hovensa plant, etc. So you'd need something like a reverse osmosis or distillation filter if you want to remove all the chemicals as well as the other stuff. Reverse osmosis is what they have in all the rainmaker machines I believe.

Of course you can get away with basic whole house UV and particulate filtration for the bulk of your water and use a smaller under or over the counter reverse osmosis filter for consumption. Swallowing a little water from a UV/particulate filter while brushing your teeth shouldn't be a problem.

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Posted : February 27, 2016 5:09 am
CruzanIron
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Or you can just drink it without filtration as thousands have done for generations with no ill effects. Just chlorinate occasionally.

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Posted : February 27, 2016 9:50 am
OldTart
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Or you can just drink it without filtration as thousands have done for generations with no ill effects. Just chlorinate occasionally.

Exactly! Never heard of one person sickened by drinking plain cistern water. All these relatively new filtration systems line a lot of pockets. Simple works fine. The only place where I've ever had to buy water was a building which had been added onto over the years and the original cistern was too small to supply everyone's needs. Depending on the size of your cistern, a cup of bleach thrown in every month does the trick. A simple mesh filter in the downspouts stops debris falling in and if after several years your cistern accumulates a bunch of settled gunk on the bottom, drain it out and have it cleaned.

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Posted : February 27, 2016 10:37 am
watruw8ing4
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Or you can just drink it without filtration as thousands have done for generations with no ill effects. Just chlorinate occasionally.

(tu)

We do have a whole house UV and particulate filtering system. But so many here do not, and survive just fine. I would not be without the particulate filters, in any case, though, because any solid matter that gets through can end up clogging faucet aerators on a regular basis.

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Posted : February 27, 2016 10:39 am
fdr
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Or you can just drink it without filtration as thousands have done for generations with no ill effects. Just chlorinate occasionally.

Exactly! Never heard of one person sickened by drinking plain cistern water.

Well, now you have. I drank bottled water over ice cubes that I didn't realize were made with cistern water (found out later) at a friend's place. Started feeling queasy soon after, then threw up for about a day. That was the only thing it could have been. I've been a lot more careful since.

YMMV; my digestion is on the sensitive side.

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Posted : February 27, 2016 10:50 am
OldTart
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Well, now you have. I drank bottled water over ice cubes that I didn't realize were made with cistern water (found out later) at a friend's place. Started feeling queasy soon after, then threw up for about a day. That was the only thing it could have been.

Absolutely must have been the only thing it could possibly have been. 😛

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Posted : February 27, 2016 11:36 am
fdr
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Well, now you have. I drank bottled water over ice cubes that I didn't realize were made with cistern water (found out later) at a friend's place. Started feeling queasy soon after, then threw up for about a day. That was the only thing it could have been.

Absolutely must have been the only thing it could possibly have been. 😛

It was the only thing I ingested that day. OT, sorry - I forgot you know everything.

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Posted : February 27, 2016 11:39 am
OldTart
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It was the only thing I ingested that day. OT, sorry - I forgot you know everything.

Wow, such belligerence towards someone who's agreeing with you? Tut tut.

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Posted : February 27, 2016 12:12 pm
Dante
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Or you can just drink it without filtration as thousands have done for generations with no ill effects. Just chlorinate occasionally.

Exactly! Never heard of one person sickened by drinking plain cistern water. All these relatively new filtration systems line a lot of pockets. Simple works fine. The only place where I've ever had to buy water was a building which had been added onto over the years and the original cistern was too small to supply everyone's needs. Depending on the size of your cistern, a cup of bleach thrown in every month does the trick. A simple mesh filter in the downspouts stops debris falling in and if after several years your cistern accumulates a bunch of settled gunk on the bottom, drain it out and have it cleaned.

Same here my family and I have been drinking the cistern water for 10 years , no filter , just screens in the downspouts , and a cup of bleach about once a month .... Never had an issue .

Keeps you healthy 😉

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Posted : February 27, 2016 1:05 pm
Dante
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Well, now you have. I drank bottled water over ice cubes that I didn't realize were made with cistern water (found out later) at a friend's place. Started feeling queasy soon after, then threw up for about a day. That was the only thing it could have been. I've been a lot more careful since.

YMMV; my digestion is on the sensitive side.

I was going to mention this . Even those who do spend money on expensive filtration systems still ingest unfiltered cistern water at other peoples houses , and restaurants.

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Posted : February 27, 2016 1:13 pm
Treeman
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Thanks for the info.
I figured that it would be more of an issue with particulates than anything else. Just wondered about bacteria growth in cistern. Sounds like bleach will do the trick.

Does anyone collect their grey water for garden use?

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Posted : February 27, 2016 1:58 pm
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