June 29, 2016

Hubby's Rainwater Catchment System


Several years ago we bought a 200+ gallon water tank and have used it to store water for the horses' trough and more recently, for the pigs.


Since the pigs have gone into the freezer the tank has been sitting empty and unused. I suggested to hubby that we move it next to the garden so I won't have to drag the hose across the yard every day.


Hubby moved the tank for me. I was careful to set it up so that it leaned forward just a bit, to make it easier to drain the tank. We set it up on cinder blocks so that I can fit a bucket under the spigot.

Then hubby took it a step further. He's devised a rain catchment system that feeds directly into this tank, even though there's no roof nearby to collect water.


We went to the feed store over the weekend, where he bought a 15-gallon black rubber "stock tank" and a set of funnels. He wanted a pan with a bigger diameter, but this one will work.


Back home, he traced the top of the funnel on the bottom of the tank and cut out the circle. He used silicone to attach the funnel to the underside of the tank, then let it dry for 24 hours.


Wouldn't you know that it rained that night and we didn't have it set up yet?

Leveling the catchment tank on top.

But it's installed now - he just set it over the opening in the top of the tank. The tank collects raindrops, and they are funneled down into the tank.


By putting the funnel underneath, the water flows more smoothly and it will eliminate trapped water where mosquitoes like to breed.


Since there's no rain in the forecast this week, we held a simulation using the hose. It works! Now we're ready for all those future raindrops.



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22 comments:

  1. Boy, that's a smart idea! We have no water at our barn. Right now we set up buckets to catch rain off of the roof. But when we have a dry spell, we end up hauling from the well. I'd like to route some gutters from the roof to a tank we have that's pretty similar to yours.

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    1. It's even better if you have a roof nearby! Just run the downspouts to your tank.

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  2. Kathy- we also have the same kind of tank. We had one at our last house and have one for the new house to collect rainwater- we have it set up so it collects the rain water from the gutters on the greenhouse. I'll have to take a photo of it. Hope we get some rain soon- we are in NY and it has rained all around us- but not on us!

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    1. Oh, to have a greenhouse! I hope you'll have some rain soon. How frustrating to have it rain all around you but not get a single drop.

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  3. Awesome post, That's the same kind of tank we are using to collect spring water! Thanks for sharing on the Homesteader Hop!

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    1. Thank you, Jamie. Have a wonderful week.

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  4. Innovative idea! This is the true American spirit showing up right at home!

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  5. What a great idea- I would like one of these next to my polytunnel :-)

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    1. That would be a perfect spot!

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  6. I love this! Thanks for sharing.
    A small lean-to with a discarded piece of plank or roofing could add to your catchment area, too. I bought a hose timer (for my drip hoses) that is 0 - 18 psi so requires no water pressure to work. This means I can water on a timer, from a rainwater tank to a gravity-fed hose. It's made my summers care-free!

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    1. Those are both great ideas! (I have plans for a timer and soaker hose!)

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  7. This is a terrific use of an item you already had!! I'm almost jealous too - your hubby is so handy and skilled, and such a help!

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I think he can do just about anything!

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  8. Brilliant! I hope you'll update us once the rain hits! ;0D

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    1. Thank you, Daisy. I will.

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  9. "Wouldn't you know that it rained that night and we didn't have it set up yet?" :) That made me smile! I love this idea. Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us on Simply Natural Saturdays!

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    1. The story of my life! LOL! Thank you for stopping by, Darla.

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  10. Hubby is a clever guy!

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    1. Thank you, Betty. Yes, he is.

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  11. I have read others who did the same thing. They stated to keep the mosquitos out they added goldfish to grow and love in their barrels. They never had to feed them because they ate the mosquito larvee

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  12. Anonymous8:36 AM

    I like that you're trying to catch rainwater. If He cut the top off of the IBC container and turned it upside down or left it off, you could catch so much more.

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