Question on harvesting rain water

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So I've been wanting to harvest rain water for a while now. My plan is to buy a 12 or 16 foot section of gutter, get a down spout and run it into a plastic 50 gallon drum (new). What makes a good filter for the top of the drum to keep unwanted contaminates out?

Hoping someone has knowledge of this. We have a huge storm coming so I'm gonna try to get it up by then
 

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I collect rain water with no filtration. I also have metal roof. I dont think I would collect from a comp/tar roof. I only deal with pine needles and mosquito's . an air stone in the drum will keep them away. I would not use the pellets they use for Horse trough
 
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Rainwater can be good or bad. If you live in an industrial area or areas pollution, impurities can be picked up in the rainwater.
 

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I love Rain Water. But again,,if i lived around the Coast of Texas or Louisiana,, i wouldnt dare use there water. Im scared to drink water there. New Orleans just had a to deal with a Brain Eating Ameba in there water supplies.
 

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I have a rain barrel and use it for outdoor flowers and vegetables, it just has a screen top and it sits under the downspout on the house. for indoor use i would only be worried about bug larvae so dont let the water stand for very long.
 

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Yeah I would worry about the bugs and such, I use nothing but rainwater for my regular garden, and it works fantastic....but I would not want to use it on my indoor facility, plus it seems no matter what I end up with little bits and pieces of my roof tiles.
 
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Thanks for the input guys! Think I'll do some more research before I bring rain water into my garden
 

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