Australia Felix Permaculture pcorgbgo at bendigo.net.au
Mon Dec 10 04:23:21 EST 2001

Hi People,

In that case there are a lot of sick people down under - as most tanks
(especially older) are galvanised iron and so are the roofs - especially in
the country areas. The tanks rust out eventually and are often put to
ingenious uses - some quite comical too!! High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
and Ferrocement are just as common as Gal Tanks these days, with ferrocement
the most expensive.


Yours and Growing,

Darren Doherty
Australia Felix Permaculture


----- Original Message -----
From: John Schinnerer <eco_living at yahoo.com>
To: permaculture <permaculture at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2001 7:24 PM
Subject: Re: PVC/galvanized

> Aloha,
> > Any decent well, properly installed will have galvanized casing
> > installed and grouted securely into bedrock.
> This is typical of what I've seen, but galvanizing isn't exactly
> low-tox - (small-print) warning messages are now appearing on packages
> of galvanized wire bought at hardware stores.  Basically they say
> something like "don't eat anything you've touched with your hands (or
> suck on your finger, etc.) after touching this stuff until you wash
> your hands *real* well, and it might be a good idea to wear gloves when
> handling it."
> Galvanized roofing isn't OK for potable catchment, afaik.  I certainly
> wouldn't drink water off it except in an emergency.
> Anybody have more details on galvanizing?
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