Which is best between well water vs rain water harvesting?

dean c
Updated: Sept. 11, 2020

I live in Manitoba, north of Winnipeg, in zone 7, roughly 2 kilometres from a large river. We are looking to build a new home and weighing the pros and cons of drilling a well vs installing a rain water harvesting system for our water supply, as this is a small community without dedicated water lines. 

Can you give us an idea of what we should consider when researching. In addition to comparing cost, are there drawbacks to either option. Like is there any issues with rain water harvesting during our frozen winters? As we age, is there issues with maintenance for either option that could be prohibitive? Can either water source be made potable affordably, or would bottled water most likely be required for drinking and cooking?

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