Dr. Fouad Jaber, Texas A&M Agrilife professor, talks to us about water again--this time letting us know how to make potable water from well or rainwater. Rainwater is probably the purest water available in North Central Texas and can certainly be harvested as drinking water. However, if you plan to drink it, it must be properly cleaned because of potential particles in the air and other possible contaminates--maybe even the container you use for storing the water.
And, of course, having water is probably the first on any Permaculture or ecovillage list.
But even if you are collecting water or using well water in a location besides the ecovillage, its good to be able to safely drink it in an emergency. Just having a water supply is not enough. We need to make it potable.
One cavaet: Each city, and even county, could have permits and some of their own codes to follow, so, as always, check with your government officials before doing this.
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