This is my first grow, and by FAR, my biggest frustration is the amount of water that I am going through, and how difficult and time consuming it is.
First, I don’t know what’s in my tap water. It’s Vermont - so it’s probably okay - but I don’t know. Right out of the tap, I think it’s about 150 ppm.
So, I got a filter; I set up a filtering system with a bunch of five-gallon buckets. That works great - but I can’t get water now - the filters take time. It takes a couple of hours for the water to go through the filter and fill a five-gallon bucket.
So, I bought an RO water system - an iSpring five-stage with an electric pump. I thought the flow-through would be faster than it is. I can get about a gallon and a half pretty quick (that’s what’s in the storage tank) - but then it slows down to a mere trickle.
To flush all four plants in my tent, I need 40 gallons of water.
I’m also considering moving to hydroponics in my next grow; I estimate I’ll need 55-60 gallons of water, between the containers and the reservoir.
How are all you people getting all the water you need in a timely manner?