I live in a jungle village in the Amazon rainforest. We are very fortunate to have running water that comes from the village, but it only runs three times a day and will not run at all some days. It also doesn't have nearly enough pressure to run over a story in height. As a family living here we wanted a better solution water problem
The solution is a sixteen foot tall reenforced-concrete tower that holds two water tanks on top. The tower holds 800 gallons of water equaling 6,672 pounds! The water is pumped up to the tanks from a lower tank that collects rain water and the villages water. Once in the upper tanks it is gravity fed to our house. This system gives us water no mater if the villages water is running or if the electricity is off.
Water towers like this one are nothing new in our area. Everyone who wants continual running water has to build one. We originally built ours of wood. The wood held up for about thirteen years which is good considering this is a rain forest and termites are ferocious. Once the wooden tower started making my Dad a little to nervous we decided to have a concrete one built.
I didn't build it - a project like this is pretty significant - ,but I get to see how the workers did it. The first step to learning is watching. I want to show you in this instructables how local carpenters built this cement structure, and show you how you can do it too. This is a big and dangerous project, so I would advise you to have have some knowledge on doing this. This is an instructables geared more to get you thinking and give you the idea and basic instructions to building something like this. Many instructables are things that I will never make or don't have the opportunity or need to make, but I appreciate the ideas and knowledge they give me. Thank you instructablers for all the great instructables!
I am not responsible for any injuries or problems that may come from making or using this water tower. It is a big dangerous project, and the tower could be dangerous. I am not responsible in any way for any hurt or injury you might face in building or using this project.
Remember to vote for me. I would love to win a concrete mixer. (My back would love it too if I would have one here.) :)
On to the building!