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    Here's an idea for those interested...I spoke to a friend of mine and he suggested a solar still...it's a pretty easy set up....alll it takes is some copper tubing, some glass and buckets. It utilizes the heat of the sun to evaporate the water and one end of the copper tubing is place in some cool shade so the water then condenses and is collected in a bucket...the collected water can then be placed in another container for storage...

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    Redtail,

    Now THAT sounds like a good idea. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    I to am going to use 55 gal containers and collect water as it runs off the roof. They now sell a screen that goes into the drown drain on the roof. It collects that garbage and is easily emptied. I will have another at the bottom.
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    Last year I was buying distilled water when I ran out of rain water. In the summer I use over 10 gallons a week. I had to find a cheaper way. I use three 55 gallon plastic barrels. I attacthed a sheet of plastic to my greenhouse to so that all the rain from the roof drains into the barrels. I then pump the water into 5 gallon water jugs. I started this system at the end of the summer last year, and so far I haven't ran out of water yet.

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    Yes!!! I love it...I too am setting up a greenhouse this spring and could collect of off that...Now for those interested in putting together a solar distiller I could tell you how to do it....By using only a small two gallon bucket you can collect about 1 gallon a day. For me that would be plenty and then some.

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    The distiller sounds like a great idea, but you'd have to test the collected water to be sure it is ok to use on the rest of your collection.

    As for water my greenhouse is living off of one 32 gallon garbage pail...at the moment it's full...but if I don't keep filling it I run out in about 1 or 2 weeks. I hope to have 1 or 2 55 plastic gallon tanks in there with a rain thingie funneling the water in the greenhouse form the roof, I have acess to free gutters so..inventing a collecting system may be at hand.

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    Dustin, why would you need to test the collected water....Its my understanding that distilled water would be pure, due to the nature of the process...the only contamination I could see would be from the copper pipes or from the buckets

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    I may not explain this right, if not somebody please correct me.

    Pure water (rain, distilled), is alot like a sponge. Since it has no minerals or impurities it will soak up these alot fastest when it comes in contact with them. So When your distilled water runs through the copper pipes, it's going to soak up the minerals from the pipe. It's kind of like osmosis.

    That's why I wouldn't use water that has drained off an asphalt roof or ran through a metal gutter.

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