Our most used rain water tank was at this level in the middle of last week. About 950 gallons left from the nearly 1,500 gallons full.
|A disguised rainwater tank.|
Yes, we have rural water, but we have tried to avoid paying for water for the garden.
|In and out.|
It's also time to use any drips and drops we can salvage. We already catch dishwater and handwashing water in the kitchen sink in tubs that are emptied into buckets or dumped immediately onto thirsty plants. Yesterday I put buckets in the shower to catch what we can. If only our drain pipes were not in concrete floors, we could rig up something to capture our gray water (all waste water that does not come from a toilet).
I promised to post photos of our rain water catchment system, and so here they are. We purchased two heavy plastic 1,500-gallon tanks and set them on 2-foot tall platforms (frames made with 2x6 boards, filled with gravel). Wood fencing hides the tanks (makes 'em purdy) as well as protects them somewhat from the sun.
|A closer look at the overflow.|
The tanks already had an opening in the bottom from which liquids inside can be drained. Plumbing materials were used to reduce that opening down to fit the end of a garden hose. Two valves provide different shut-off points. One of the "pickets" is on hinges so we can reach inside to turn the inner shut-off and to check the water level.
The tanks catch water from the west side of our roof, which is a long, straight metal roof. Just half an inch of rain will put about 300 gallons or more in each tank. This has been an invaluable set up this year. The first year after it was installed, it rained enough that I don't think I ever used it and we wondered if we'd wasted our money. But last year and this year they have saved the garden and prevented big water bills.
|Exterior shutoff and hose connection.|
I hope we get rain before then.