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First Flush

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:41

We finally got around to building a first flush for the rain catchment system.

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3rd Tank Finished

Monday, 16 September 2013 21:13

The third (and final?) cistern that connects to our house roof is now finished, and just about full.

We actually got the vast majority of the tank finished over a week ago, and then it rained. And rained. And rained. 6" later and the tank is pretty much full, there's maybe 6000 out of 7000 gallons.



This weekend we saw the sun for the first time in days, so we got out there and did the final details - Abe made a door and did the remaining plumbing, while I painted the roof. We did the roof a little different from our howto this time, just to keep fine tuning our system. It worked out a lot cheaper and a little easier.

No sooner was it all finished when - yep, you guessed it - it started raining! It's falling softly out there, but falling it is. Luckily the paint has had a day to dry, so that's not a problem.

Now that everything we own (ponds, tanks, barrels, etc.) is full, I kind of want it to stop raining for a while. We have so much to do outside, and the mud and drizzle are just not conducive to a happy work day. Plus, our road is utterly destroyed! Oh well, a small price to pay I guess for the year's water.

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Irrigation Cistern

Saturday, 24 August 2013 20:55

We've started work on another 7000 gallon water tank.

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Water Accounts

Thursday, 18 July 2013 17:16

We had 2.3" of rain between January and July 2013. But, now that July is here, the rain season has started, which means that it is Spring!

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Barn Tank Roof

Saturday, 01 December 2012 21:00

We finally got a roof on the barn's cistern.

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Be Prepared Contest

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 19:32 - Grand Prize Winner - Be Prepared Contest - November 2012

"How to build a 6000 gallon Water Tank" won the Grand Prize in Instructables' Be Prepared Contest in November, 2012

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We Won!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 19:23

We have just been informed that our cistern article won the Instructables "Be Prepared" Contest!

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 14:59

We just collected a bottle of duckweed, which we have dumped into the barn's tank.

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Cistern Howto

Monday, 05 November 2012 21:40

Step-by-step instructions on how to build a cistern with a shell and liner.

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Friday, 02 November 2012 22:25

I haven't blogged in two weeks and thought I'd do a general catch-up on what we've been up to.

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