I can't speak for Brollocks, but in my climate it only really rains 3 months out of the year. I've been looking into building a solar water distiller for this reason.
We had 0.01 inches of rainfall for January in Los Angeles. 3.65 and 3.68 inches in Feb and March respectively. February is our wettest month, but below average this year.
Besides collecting rain water could be infringing on water rights and thus illegal in some states or counties:
Last edited by Not a Number; 05-13-2014 at 03:47 PM.
Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens.
Judge not lest ye be judged creates a cesspool. Judge others and prepare to be judged by them.
Just know when to keep the verdict to yourself.
I feel I should mention that I collected and used water from a dehumidifier in the basement of the last place I lived for more than a year with little or no adverse effects on my sundew collection. Never had it tested though so try it at your own risk.
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Thanks for all the input.
I stay in South Africa so don't have access to wall-mart.
I have been thinking of getting an RO system but they are quite expensive here.
The rain season has stopped here and will only start again in about 6 Month or so.
If I got a TDS meter and tested the water and got a reading of 50ppm or lower, would this be safe to use?
I have found water vending machines very inconsistent. I tested from a variety of vendors and got wacky readings. I would encourage you to test before you use. Your results will vary depending how how often they clean and change filters.
I've bought water on a number of occasions and tossed it out after testing it at home.
The cleanest ones seem to be at health food stores.
I use rainwater and I filter it with a coffee filter. I bottle it up so it doesn't stay outside. This way it keeps it from evaporating or collecting insects.Sometimes I'll mix it with my tap water (which has around 100ppm maximum) to conserve some for later. Keep in mind I only have Nepenthes and I thoroughly drench it every other watering.