water

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Shaylaslucky, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. Shaylaslucky

    Shaylaslucky New Member

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    Just curious about how to make a small river's water drinkable. I might get my hands on 10 acres that has a decent sized creak/river through it. Is this enough to live on or will i need another source of water also? Is it a better idea to grow my vegi's hydroponically over a fish aquarium to save water? Has anyone done that? Is it very difficult? Any tips on water?
     
  2. GREEN_ALIEN

    GREEN_ALIEN Sunny, Wet, Tornadoey SD!

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    One tip I can think of for sure is that just because a river, stream or creek crosses your property you do not necessarily have any 'water rights' or a right to use said water.

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  3. Darren

    Darren Still an :censored:

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    Depending on how much sediment is in the water, I'd suggest one or two sediment filters, one using a charcoal element, followed by a UV filter. Green is correct. Since you're in the West, you better check on water rights before buying the property. We don't have that issue in the East.
     
  4. Becky H.

    Becky H. Well-Known Member

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    Study waterfalls. They oxygenate the water and will help with purity.

    Look waaaay upstream for any possible pollutants, including animal life. Giardia etc. Bleach or Oxine or boiling is useful to clean out a water supply.

    Good luck.