Sunday, August 30, 2009

Rain Water Collection

Work on the rain water collection system has been going slowly. Friends have been busy so moving them has been impossible with just Lyn and me. Also I just had no idea how difficult it would be to level them to the first tank. I had no illusions of perfection but thought I could keep them within an inch or two so as not to lose too much of capacity. The plumbing has been extremely difficult and has changed from my first concept of how it should be.

The inlet hole in the top of the tank is only 1 1/2". Where the water comes out of the gutter is 4". You don't have to be too bright to figure that the four inch line would have to be attached to several of the 1 1/2" lines or water would be lost. That was my first plan but after hooking up the first tank I could tell that the weight of the PVC pipe would need supports. Sometimes it is better to just start over and that is what I did.

This is the first configuration.

I really didn't like this as I would have to have a line to every tank. It finally registered that I could just drill a hole in the center of the top and put in a larger line. I already had a 4" hole saw bit so I went with 3" PVC as the outside of the fittings are 4" and it would be a perfect fit that I could caulk to keep mosquitoes out of my water. The unused 1 1/2" holes would be the over flow holes and I could easily put screen wire over them for mosquito protection. It is also a little easier to do the plumbing as I can get by with only having the inlet line go to three tanks.

I now have three tanks hooked up to receive water. The new hook up looks like this.

All I have to do now is level off 50' more ground, shovel in a lot more sand, move and level five more tanks and do the plumbing only on the bottom of them, and then I can start on the pump and filter house. I'll keep you posted.


Tabor said...

Projects such as these amaze me. Stamina, vision, patience and strength!

Unknown said...

oh you are so inspiring! we are needing to do this, not on the scale you have of course! very impressive!!! :)

NotSoAngryRedHead said...

Wooow!!! That's some kind of awesome!

Meredith/Great Stems said...

May the rains come and fill your tanks soon. Grats, and great job. Hope the rest goes smoothly!

ESP said...

Hi Bob.
The scale of all of this is amazing, and it is great you are figuring out all of it yourself and having to improvise on the fly. Just wait until we have our first good rain. I bet you will be sitting there with a contented smile on your face as your eight tanks fill up. It was eight wasn't it?
Great work Bob, and hot too I can imagine.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

May the heavens open and fill ALL those tanks up to capacity! What a great project.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

We got a little rain today and I immediately wondered if you did and how your new collection system was working.

Rock rose said...

Bob- i hope you got everything hooked up to receive this wonderful rain!