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Offline CliffordK

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White or Colored water barrels?
« on: 16/07/2013 23:47:41 »
I've been doing a project with collecting spring water in barrel.



Even though I tend to have generally good water turnover in the barrel, I started noticing a significant algae growth in my barrel.  It doesn't really cause much harm, but it could clog my sprinklers and hoses. 

I could kill the algae with a  few drops of bleach, but I'd prefer staying away from chemicals.

I like the translucent barrel as it is fairly easy to see the water level, but it got me thinking, what if I chose a blue/black barrel?  This is actually somewhat important as I was planning on scaling up my storage system.

Anyway, it might also make a good science experiment, using translucent barrels vs opaque barrels for rain, or other water collection, and watching what grows inside.


 

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Re: White or Colored water barrels?
« Reply #1 on: 17/07/2013 04:23:43 »
opaque will reduce algae ...
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Rainwater ... Tanks are usually installed above ground, and are usually opaque to prevent the exposure of stored water to sunlight, to decrease algal bloom.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainwater_tank#Tanks

UV light does reduce the levels of bacteria ... 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultraviolet_germicidal_irradiation#Water_sterilization
but visibly transparent/translucent plastic may block UV.
« Last Edit: 17/07/2013 04:37:02 by RD »
 

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