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    Drastic Measures - should have done this long ago...

    This heat wave in PA and much of the US is blistering. In a 3 day stretch I had to use over 25 gallons of water to get my plants a little moisture in the pots outside.
    I had to do something for water.

    I had to cut the jugular....





    I modified my A/C condensation drain to catch the run off. My dad is able to help also. He started to collect water for me before I modified my A/C unit tonight. He is reporting of getting 2 1/2 gallons in about 5 hours. Hopefully with the help from him I'll eventually get on top of this dry spell we are having and have some water on hand.
    I need to make a run-off back to the drain so I can let it collect water while I'm at work. Right now I have to keep an eye on it or I'll have water everywhere.


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    I'm doing this also for a newly installed air conditioner, but the water tastes a little off right now. I hope it'll be fine after it's been running for a while, but I'm not going to use it for a few days.
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    Um, why not get a 5 gallon container?
    I tried this by the way, but my condensed water measured 95 on my TDS meter.
    Not great for the plants so I'm not using it.
    Did you measure yours?

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    I remember way back when I was in school High Times put a notice in their magazine that an AC used in a grow room will drip scented water out your window so the water needs to be collected - before you get collected!

    Totally Off topic I know - seeing this just reminded me that article. LOL

    SIG I really wouldn't advise drinking those drippings!

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    Never thought about testing it.

    It's reading 68... my tap water is 90. That must have gone down because it was higher then that when I tested it a few years ago.
    Well I'll have to use the 68ppm out of the condenser, I'll go broke buying water in this dry heat wave.


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    If you haven't considered installing rain barrels,
    but have the possibility for them,
    think about the possible merits of one, or 2, or more!

    I have used them for years with great results.

    (PS: If your cooling coils are copper, could that be a toxic problem of sorts? I am not sure, but perhaps someone knows...? I wouldn't think there would be enough leaching into the water, but with raising certain "fish/aquatics" I have heard that sort of thing can be a problem.)
    Experience is the best teacher. At least it used to be.
    But then, common sense isn't so common anymore, is it.


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    I think the fins are probably aluminum.
    By the way, we installed 2 rain barrels for this very reason, trouble is it hasn't rained since.
    I'm still buying RO water at Wally World.
    68 is higher than recommended, but since it's better than your tap water go for it.
    My tap water is about 133, and my AC water is 95 so I'm stuck.

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    I'd love to do rain barrels... not where I live currently.... plus it has not rained in weeks!

    I usually collect rain water, a slow process... a gallon at a time. I have 55 gallons worth of 1 gallon and 2 1/2 gallon jugs I use; all empty for weeks now.

    Not sure about the copper. Some coils are aluminum fins, copper tubes.


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