The mains pipe, from Overberg Water, our water supplier, got damaged by a farmer's tractor, which resulted in our being without water for 5 l-o-n-g, h-o-t days.
So - extra rain water barrels were ordered with a dash of speed LOL
And RMan, and John, our local labourer, threw two slabs to house the tanks - one in the front, and one at the back side.
|I wasn't sure about cutting it into the ground,|
but it does make sense. If ever the tank is
empty, the "walls" will prevent it blowing over.
|The slab before the rainwater tank was installed|
As the front tank is right at our entrance / patio, we sunk it into the ground slightly - to prevent it being "in your face" when you arrive.
|On the right is the rain water tank connected|
to our drainpipe. The one on the left is
connected to our mains water supply.
We placed another one at the back of the house, next to an existing rain barrel. However, this extra one is connected to our mains water...
|The pump is dual purpose. RMan has installed|
it in such a way that it can pump the rainwater
up to a higher storage tank, or, at the flick of a
lever, it will supply fresh water to the house.
|Our 5000 lt rainwater and freshwater storage|
tanks - almost a pigeon pair LOL What
you can't see is the pipe from the tap to
the top of the freshwater tank to create
|The picture explains what RMan constructed|
|My rainwater filter|
|The proof is in the pudding, or should that be|
Yipeeeeeeee! We now have 20 000 ltrs of rain water, and 5 000 ltrs of fresh water - on call - for whenever we need it.