Drinking Water from Small Rain Water Catchment System
in Forested Northwest US
Subject: Small scale rainwater catchment for drinking water only in forested
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2000
From: Art Ludwig <Oasis Design>
To: Mike <bugone©gte.net>
[Mike from Tacoma, WA, writes regarding rainwater catchment for drinking. The
environment is heavily wooded and rainfall is very high.]
> Probably way off base here for you guys, but have been searching forever on the web
> and am getting tired? Eventually I want to roof catch our rain for household use.
> But in the meantime, I am looking for a miniature"picnic table" collection device to
> use for drinking water only. The few attempts I have tried to make something were
> useless! Know any place that sells something of this sort, or has plans to build one?
> Thanks in advance! Mike Senn
I know of no such plans or kit. I have seen functional do-it-yourself systems, however.
Your first hurdle is to get out from under those trees into a clearing, otherwise you'll
be collecting tree tea instead of rain. The simplest systems I've seen featured a
movable collection surface; it's kept clean by only putting it out when conditions are
optimal, filling the containers, then stowing it. I've seen plastic sheets and corrugated
roofing panels used this way.