At the moment, our house runs on well water. However, we plan to set up rain water catchment as soon as we can get around to it. We have a lot of catchment area, as we have the roofs of the house, shop, car ports and cabin. Plus it rains here throughout the year, so do not have to prepare for 9 months without rain. Those factors, coupled with the fact that the well water has a lot of rust in it and cannot be accessed in the event of a power outage, makes catchment a great option.
At our last place, we built cisterns. However, due to the amount of work we have to do, setting this place up, we decided to go with the quick and easy option – plastic tanks. We got a deal on three 5,000 gallon tanks, so we had them delivered. They looked pretty huge when they came on a trailer – 12 feet wide and 8 feet tall. At the moment, we have them on their sides, waiting to be set up. We’ll put two on the catchment system, and one will go at the top of the property, to gravity feed the orchard.