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    Hi Hortman -

    I use rain. I also use the water collected from the dehumidifier.

    Here's a link on rain collecting. Raincollecting I don't have anything like this set up yet. I just use 5 gallon buckets that catch some of the roof runoff for now.

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    I use the 90GPD system of this type http://www.spectrapure.com/St_line_p4.htm , don't go overkill on stages unless your water is terribly dirty. A 5 stage is uneeded. This one is a 3 stage. 2 sumps and a membrane. The only people that need a 5 stage are reef tank keepers of exotic tropical fish really, or if your a neat freak about clean water..or if you like spending lots of extra money for filters!

    I suggest this unit for your purposes, cheap and effective:

    http://spectrapure.com/St_line_p2.htm

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    Hortman,

    You can check the phonebook and see if there are any local dealers in town. You can rent or even rent to own. I do the latter and it costs me $25 a month--well worth it. They rig up the unit and also do free water tests every month to see how it's working.

    I'd like to use rain water, but here in Southern Montana it rains once every 7 years.


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    I just bought one of those $50 Kenmore 2-stage units on ebay. For a small collection it's still more than I need. Fewer filters to replace later on. I filled up all my old distilled water jugs too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Brian_W @ June 27 2005,2:29)] I'd like to use rain water, but here in Southern Montana it rains once every 7 years.
    except this year. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] i cant seem to go fishing without getting soaked to the bone from rain. i was loading up the boat in pouring rain and hail Saturday night. Wolf creek and the Milk River are running bank to bank and they are usually darn near not running at this point in a normal year.

    Laura, 25 gallons a day?!?! wow i use about 10 gallons a week with all mine but im not growing anything outdoors
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    Hey, my actual water demand is considerably greater than 25gpd in the heat we've been getting at home. Fortunately, the water I need for the ponds doesn't need to be distilled. And the day time air temps in the 90's is what the real killer is. The only plants I have inside are a few Pings, my son's Neps, my orchids, and a few African Violets. My total water demand for the inside plants is probably around 10 gallons for the entire week. It's the outdoor plants and the little bogs I have at home that are the killer in this heat. Without those rain barrels and without the discharge from one of our sump pump pits... I would have been in a heap 'o trouble in this drought had I not been stockpiling. We are more than 6" below average in rainfall right now. Last year we were 12" above the average and everything was drowning and rotting in the ground. Ugh, feast or famine.

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    I think setting up an RO system makes less sense for you because many apartment owners don't like tenants playing with the plumbing. Plus a rain collection system makes so much sense as a water conservation demonstration at the botanical garden. I remember water supplies in lots of coastal Maine communities were stretched awfully thin.
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    Bruce, some come with a faucet connector, like at Spectrapure, if you tell them, they can send the the couplings to connect directly to the faucet, so you can use it when you need it.

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