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    4 years ago

    i wanted a brief information for the school h.w. but this is complex....

    I'm in the early stages of planning, but how do you deal with winter and the snow?

    Could you tell me how large the individual corrugated panels for these tanks are, please? I may get a tank similar to this and I have to make sure the parts will pass through the property, as there's no access to the rear garden other than through the property. Thx.

    Does anyone supply these tanks with a gutter around them so they can be used as a collection area?

    Question: How does the water from the roof get to the tank do the water levels just equal out and kinda spill into the tank?
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     The water runs off the roof into the feeder pipe and the weight of the water in the feeder pipe creates a siphon and the water just goes up and over into the tank.

    Great, I was wondering that as well. So the pipe just goes down and then back up, right? Did you provide any kind of clean-outs there? And how do you prevent leaves, etc. from getting in?

    there are no trees near the house for that purpose.


    I was wondering where you bought the panels for your tank.

    they look a lot like grain bin panels. Is that what they are?

    Wouldnt particularly use plastic pipe (PVC) for high pressure water, maybe for the feed for the pump. for the high pressure side I would use either copper or plastic barrier pipe (JG Speedfit) :)

    Wow, where do you live that provides this much rain? LOL, this would be a cool system to build, im still trying to convince my parents to put in gutters so we could do rain barrels LOL

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    Ahhh, unfortunatley down here in Houston, the rain isnt often enough to provide sufficient water supply.

    You sure? I don't know what Houston gets for rain, but a water harveting guy in Arizona swears Tuscon, with it's 12 or so inches a year, could more than supply it's own water if they caught it. Unfortunately, we prefer to drain or rivers and aquifers instead.

     i dunno about 12 inches/year to live on. that tank lasts with no rain for about 2 months, and we get 150+inches a year.  Maybe if the guy has a HUGE roof he could do it with 12 inches,

    I'm not sure, but I think he's counting commercial buildings, etc. Still, in the desert every little bit helps. Here's his website.

    Kudos though, this is a very interesting project, only wished I could build this :(

    Great work!  I'm looking to build a similar setup - how are you controlling the pump to fill the pressure tank?  I'm going to use this for garden/fruit tree irrigation so I need it to work with my sprinkler controller, any suggestions?

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     there is a pressure sensor on the pump, so it turns on and off based on the pressurized side of the system.