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Old 03-12-2015, 12:28 AM   #11
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Inkblots84 - again, this law is in effect to establish some kind of arbitrary limit on rain water harvesting so as not to effect the natural rub offs into rivers. There are ways around it.

To all - rain water harvesting is a sustainable solution to decreasing water supplies. Just make sure your filters are managed priority, as lots and lots of "kak" can be introduced into the water as it goes through its cycle to become rainwater again. Eben on molecular levels!

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Old 04-07-2015, 01:30 AM   #12
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:49 AM   #13
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i use 3 water cubs to save rain water for my garden, 900 gal. gravity feed it, works great.
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Old 04-07-2015, 08:38 AM   #14
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For the house, we have a 55 gallon food grade drum that we capture rain in from the roof. At the bottom is a hose spicket. In the top, we have a rope that hangs two socks into the water. One sock is filled with untreated cow manure. The other sock is filled with untreated goat manure. It creates a tea that we use to water our plants (flowers and bushes, not vegetables). The barrel is full most of the time. In the summer, it seems to attract alot of happy frogs. I think (optimistically) that they take care of any mosquitoes.
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Old 08-06-2015, 03:18 AM   #15
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Smile Rainwater harvesting on a bus

I'm interested in this topic because I'd like to be off-grid with my planned bus conversion, and this seems like a good way to get some water for laundry and watering plants. I looked up Oklahoma laws regarding rainwater collection, and not only is it legal, but residents are encouraged to harvest rainwater. OSU has published a document detailing how to plan how big a cistern you will need, various parts, etc. You can access a downloadable pdf here.

However, I haven't seen any discussion of harvesting from the roof of a bus! Has anyone tried to do this? How? Is this practical, or a waste of space and effort?

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Old 09-06-2015, 09:27 PM   #16
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Well my first thought is that its completely ludicrous that any municipality can attempt to claim that which falls from the sky. Next the'll be writing citations for making a snowman in your yard because your improperly using their sky given goods. So much for childhood. Grr. I wont continue on about that.

I have always had a personal interest in self sustained living. Different regions of the country present different challenges but most of the time if you think about it you can find away to make it happen. Now complete sustainability on a school bus would definitely be a challenge. Not impossible. Not considering fuel. I myself will be using a lot of solar and potentially some wind when completed.


Invisicat, I think given the right setup you could make rainwater collection totally viable on a school bus. With some modified roof drip rails and a couple lines plumbed to a collection tank you'd be set. Then you could easily filter and treat it to have clean water. I think it would have to be filtered for any purpose and I would want to filter it before it got to the collection tank so all the stuff from the road and everywhere else that collects on the roof wouldn't make it in to the system at all. For me here in Texas I just don't see rain often enough to make the time to set it up cost effective. If I were in Portland or Seattle I could be selling filtered bottled water.

Just a side note, It would be tough to notice if I was collecting rainwater and running it to a undercarriage tank. Not much to see on the outside if done properly.
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Sounds interesting. Unless of course you live in Arizona or Nevada. They get less rain per year than we get an hour here on the Gulf Coast.
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Rainwater harvesting regulations state by state | Rain water harvesting and slow sand water filters


Our rainfall total is about 10.5 in. right now for the season.
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Also If you are in the flight path of migratory birds you really should sterilize the water as they can poop out some really nasty microbes on your roof that get washed into your collection tanks.
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