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    My setup is similar. I have a metal roof and never bothered with filtering. Pollen water never bothered my plants. They encounter something similar in the wild I'm sure.

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    Nice system and good for the environment too! This wouldn't work where I live though; I probably wouldn't even get a bucket of water in a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoSarah View Post
    Heh, I just set out a bunch of plastic bowls when I see it is about to rain. I don't risk trying to put one under the spout for the gutters because I think that would have too much dirt and debris.
    This one isn't rigged to collect water from the gutters. This is either for direct rain / snow or to fill with snow, manually, or to fill from the bog / seep on the property. I don't trust what may or may not leach from the roof. I had that thing filled to capacity this winter, with snow, but I didn't have the fore-thought to have it propped up to put the plastic jugs under under the spout. Now that it has been emptied, it was light enough to prop it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubRosa View Post
    You seemed to think it was. It's just mechanical filtration to remove particulates. I'll get a pic up if it stops raining before dark.
    Ironically, I test for particulate matter at work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zath View Post
    The last time I tried to collect water for my CP's I ended up having to use it on the houseplants instead because it had caught so much pollen on the way down the water was actually yellow. >.<
    Back in 2006 I had a 55 gallon trash barrel to collect water from the eaves. It was also the most severe spring tree pollen on record, in the Northern Hemisphere. The pollen was unrelenting, messy, and unsightly, but it didn't have a deleterious affect on the plants.

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    Our complex also has drainage pipes for AC water. It looks clean, but... IDK.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    Our complex also has drainage pipes for AC water. It looks clean, but... IDK.....
    Aluminum oxide is completely insoluble, and other that that potential contaminant there wouldn't be much difference between condenser run off and roof runoff.
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    I posted this here years ago..but it seems fitting to post it again for this thread:



    An important modification I made after creating that video:
    make you sure put a wire mesh covering at the *top* of the downspout!
    wire mesh inside the gutter, securely covering up the hole that leads to the downspout pipe..
    why?
    Before I put the mesh there, the hole to the downspout was just wide open..
    it was hot..summer..a squirrel probably "smelled" the water, and thought to itself:
    "hmm..there is water at the other end of this tube! I should check it out!"
    down the tube he goes..he found water allright.
    squirrels cant back up..
    I found him a few days later..it wasnt pretty...the flies found him before I did..
    hundreds of baby flies were having a good time..
    so yeah..cover up the downspout opening securely! up at the top, at the gutter.

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