Thursday, February 21, 2013

200 GALLONS OF THE GOOD STUFF

Yesterday we had our first rain in over 6 weeks. We knew it was coming but it was a real disappointment. Just a drizzle and not enough to even register in the rain gauge. However.....


Isn't it amazing what you can collect off the roof? Admittedly we have some large roofs and this pipe feeds down out of our enclosed gardens. Imagine if we had put in a collection system 12 years ago but the cost at the time was prohibitive.
This is my uninstalled tank from the potager being repurposed as a collection system. D worked on it 2 days ago after buying a couple of lengths of pipe to tack onto the outfall pipe.
So at breakfast this morning we discussed how to get the water up and over the wall to the gardens.  Hand carrying buckets? A yoke with 2 buckets like the milk-maids used to carry? A pump? I think it has to be a pump, don't you?
So today we are off to Callahans to get another tank to replace this one. But for now we are really happy to have 200 gallons of water.

14 comments:

  1. 200 gallons is a quite a bit for just a drizzle. Definitely a pump for this task.

    Would love to see how he put together the system. We currently have a hit or miss bucket system and are putting together ideas. With no gutters on the house, we'll be starting from scratch. DIY of course!

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  2. Can't wait to hear how you do that...but for now, I'll be sure to picture D. carrying those buckets in between loads of rock! Nice to get some moisture here, too.

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  3. It is crazy. we got between 0.1" and 0.2" yesterday and that managed to give us about 20 gallons from one fourth of our roof. Bob Pool was on to something though - he installed a system that can collect like 27,000 gallons of the wet stuff.

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  4. That's amazing...I remember seeing the numbers for just how much rain falls on the average roof (and is usually lost as runoff) in an average shower...it's crazy!

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  5. How exciting! Who knew!!! I know- I am so tired of them saying it is going to rain to end up with a drop or two. We got barely a drop at the house and I think 2 drops at the nursery. 60%. I am over listening to them!!!

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  6. We got .6 inch, yesterday. And, with all the dire warnings of storms for this morning...just .04. But, we'll take it. Filled the rain barrels.
    I don't have one, or seen one in person, but there is a solar pump for rain barrels. I've been thinking about one. Easier than lugging buckets.

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  7. That's very cool! Rain water collection has long been on my mind. I think this is the year I'm going to get something installed.

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  8. What a treat. And yes, I vote for the pump!

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  9. Every little bit helps! Have fun with your new Callahan purchases.

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  10. Perhaps a herd of goats with saddle bags?

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  11. Amazing that it accumulates to so much when collected, Jenny, from that pittance that we now refer to as rain that we got. Perhaps you now need a burro?

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  12. It always amazes me how much water comes off the roof even in a drizzle. Congrats for catching all that.

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  13. I'm just a little north of you near Temple and I installed a pump run off of a solar panel to transport water in my rain barrels to my garden on the other side of the yard. I did a youtube video on it if you'd like to check it out. Mind you, the barrels are ugly, but they are on the opposite side of my house that no one ever sees and it does the job. I built a small "water" tower to hold water by the garden that I also fill via the hose from the pump.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqeHjxPX4E8

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    1. Thank you for sharing the link to your demonstration video. I watched in amazement. I think you must v=be an engineer to have set up such a wonderful operation. I am planning on a further post on my tanks and would love to insert your video in the posting if you will permit. You can email me at jennyrockroseatgmaildotcom.

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