Harvesting Rainwater-Part Five

>> Friday, September 9, 2011

In the last four posts I have described our move to put in a cistern to hold the rainwater captured from the roof of our house and the means we have put in place to use this water for our household use. This week we have been blessed with some wonderful rain. Tropical storm Lee dumped huge amounts of rain on the Gulf coast which caused major flooding. It created some tornados in some areas and added to the flood woes in the East, but here in South-Central Kentucky we received gentle but substantial rain from the outer bands of this storm. Throughout the week we received over 3 and 1/2 inches of rain, which completely filled my cistern tanks.

IMG_0126In the photo to the left you can see the water is up to the overflow pipe. So, in just a matter of days we went from having two empty 1500 gallon septic/cistern tanks to having over 3000 gallons of water ready for use.

IMG_0129The ball valve on the water line coming into the crawlspace from the public water has been turned off. As of this afternoon, September 9, we are now on cistern water! Everything seems to be working well.


Jared September 17, 2011 at 5:02 PM  

this looks like something I must try, thank you for the idea! Have a great day

housewife9988 September 26, 2011 at 6:55 AM  


I love your way to put rain water to good use. Ever since I have my own house(s) with my young family then, I always find rain from God is the cheapest and yet it can be used without much worry.

Dew October 18, 2011 at 4:04 AM  

Uncle Garry, why you didnt do postings of late?

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