Thursday, 6 June 2013

The need for water.

One of the first things we had to address  was the need for a better supply of water.
We installed two big plastic rain water tanks to harvest the rain off our roof and  the roofs of our various outbuildings. They were about 25,000 and 28,000 litres each. Secondly we sunk an underground bore and dug trenches to carry the piping and the electric cables up to the big diesel generator which operates the submersible pump down the bore, We pump up the water from 300ft below.below are pics of the old drill rig that did the work and my husband and brother digging those trenches.A lot of work and expense but a necessary one.
It is lovely to now have a reliable permanent source of water, the only change we would have made  in hindsight is that instead of running the bore pump with our deisel generator, we would have installed a solar pump(which in time we will probably change to).
This wasn't an option to us at the time we believed due to the depth of our water and cost, but new advances and lower costs have now made it viable for us. Our next door neighbour who installed theirs at a later time went with the solar option and it works brilliantly.
Cheers for now,

1 comment:

  1. These are great ideas. People should really consider tapping into rainwater for alternate water uses, so that it will not tax the dwindling sources of potable water. It’s best if people act now, instead of waiting for droughts and water shortages before even trying out this idea. Good day!

    Bert Aguilar @ Rainfill Tanks