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Old 07-08-2012, 05:28 AM   #11
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I have my own well (water at 60 feet, pump down at 160) that is very reliable. There is a spring within 100 yards of the house and a hand-dug well that few people know about some 150 yards away. I know of several other springs nearby as well.

Ideally I would like to have a solar powered well pump, but the expense is too much. I do have a grid-tied solar PV system on the house but no battery backup at this point. Hopefully I will get it in before it is needed.

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I have my own well (water at 60 feet, pump down at 160) that is very reliable. There is a spring within 100 yards of the house and a hand-dug well that few people know about some 150 yards away. I know of several other springs nearby as well.

Ideally I would like to have a solar powered well pump, but the expense is too much. I do have a grid-tied solar PV system on the house but no battery backup at this point. Hopefully I will get it in before it is needed.
Craigslist recently had an ad locally for reconditioned deep-cell marine batteries for around $50 a piece. Requires at least four of these 3-volt batteries in serial to provide 12-volt power, but at least it makes battery cost cheaper.
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Stream close enough nearby. A barrel is a cistern. Off of the roof. Pre-prefilter through nylon mesh and screen. Prefilter through coffee filters. Purify through Berkey filter. 1 lb. of Shock disinfects 9-10,000 gallons of water, costs a few dollars, and now's the height of the pool season. Store and rotate some water for dry times in big bottles (gallon jugs and 2-liter soda bottles).

Drink up.
Never thought of Shock - that's a great idea!
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Default Water supply........

I had an uncle that had a cyprus water cistern back in the 50's, he always drank straight from the spicket. One day he found the water a little sweeter than normal, so he gets his ladder and checks out the vent on top. To his disgust he finds a ferral cat floating in the water........That and not to mention the millions of little squigly red worms in the water......There is no safe water unless it is boiled, but then you have to worry about chemicals...........The whole damn world is polluted.........

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I had an uncle that had a cyprus water cistern back in the 50's, he always drank straight from the spicket. One day he found the water a little sweeter than normal, so he gets his ladder and checks out the vent on top. To his disgust he finds a ferral cat floating in the water........That and not to mention the millions of little squigly red worms in the water......There is no safe water unless it is boiled, but then you have to worry about chemicals...........The whole damn world is polluted.........
That's a delicacy in some parts of the world... cat tea!
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That's a delicacy in some parts of the world... cat tea!
Will, sweet water WITH protein? Shhh... Everyone will want some.

First, you don't have to boil the water -- just BRING IT to a boil. Done.

Third, you can purify that water with a Berkey including many chemicals.

Second, you can disinfect it with chlorine in any case.

Did your Uncle ever experience ill effects? The first sign of having parasites is simple things seeming out of order...
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I knoe that everyone likes the Berkey, but in an EOTWAWKI situation, what do you do about replacing the filters? Or does it not have a proprietary filter? Would kind of like to have filters or pre-filters made from easily-obtainable materials, should Wal-Mart cease to exist.

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The Berkley is very good but you can buy 4 or 5 of these for the same price.
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/CAMP-356
Or this one is only $30
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/CAMP-352
I'm sure there are many more also to choose from

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I'm surrounded by several springs. and you can drink it right where it comes out of the ground. In fact they sell the same water that coems out not too far form me.
I'm still building a filtration system though just to have another base covered.

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The Berkley is very good but you can buy 4 or 5 of these for the same price.
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/CAMP-356
Or this one is only $30
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/CAMP-352
I'm sure there are many more also to choose from
Great links, Hiwall, thank you!
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