By Brian F
I have come to believe that it is just human nature that drives us as a society to over complicate our home built projects, we see someone that we want to replicate and we drive forward with out stopping to have a good think over.
My case this month is water storage, in particular an acquaintance near by. This person wanted to expand their water storage. They ordered and had shipped to them 10 sixty gallon food safe barrels, plus piping, valves and a host of other items. The storage was set up on a wood tier. At the end of this endeavor, the system did not work like the booklet stated it would, they said.
Listening to a group conversation, about the build, and that catching rain water is questionably illegal in some areas, notably inside city limits, I opened my big Cadillac mouth.
“Why not set up an above ground pool and fill it from the rain gutters? All you have to do is divert the rain to the pool with a piece of plastic (PVC) pipe that can be taken down or set in place easily. Just set the pool reasonably close to the house, and maybe even build a deck around it. Most medium size pools are in the 12-15 thousand gallon range. Better than 600 gallons in blue barrels. Also set trash guards on the gutters to stop the large debris from going to the pool, a small filter in the downspout to remove even more rubbish. The water in the pool is at least 80% clean. Most medium to large pools can be equipped with sand filters! You can then get water up to 98% clean! A little activated charcoal in the filter housing and you are good!”
Of course some one shot off about being safe for drinking. Here’s the thing, how much purified drinking water does a person need in a day? Water for coffee is boiled, also tea, dish water is heated hot enough to kill most bugs. A Britt or Berkey will finish what actual drinking water a person would need.
Of course, a tight fitting cover for the pool to keep wind blown trash from getting in the pool. At my old house, I tapped into the pool plumbing and ran a line to a pump to run into the house. A small propane on demand water heater heated the water.
With a few dollars of plumbing supplies the waste water can be diverted to the garden. Where it will benefit the plants and shrubs. Quite often I have people tell me they’re taking down pools. That are offered to me to come and get. If you have a lot of patience the liner can be reused. Otherwise just purchase a new liner. So check about, and keep an eye out, you may get gifted a nice pool!
Get one, set it up by the instructions, and you will have a great rain water catchment and storage tank that is disguise as a pool! As some one said, “We have to be smarter than the government people.”
If you should get gifted a second one has a fish pond!
Also you may have to think about winter and frost free ideas, I build my system in Georgia where winters are quite mild. My first thought would be a hoop frame over the pool, a little solar heat. Maybe combine with a green house in the winter. The water will radiate heat all night for the plants. There are many solutions, we just have to reasonably problem solve.