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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

More Rain Water Storage

If you've read this blog for a bit, you know we suffered through a drought recently.  While we got closer to our average rain amount last year, we're still pretty dry.  Our city has many water conservation regulations in place and encourages rain water collection for landscape watering.

I have three rain barrels which I'll set up again once we're safely past freezing temperatures.  This year, I'll eventually collect rain water in this large caged container too.

My father-in-law got it from an area farm co-op.  It contained Roundup.  So, there will be some rinsing of the container with the water only being used where we want to eliminate weeds (bindweed in particular--mostly in the alley) until we are certain all the chemical is out of the container.  Then, it will become another place to store rainwater.  I'll keep you posted on the set up.  I really like that it is on a pallet.


10 comments:

  1. The water restrictions are such a pain, but that is a great new addition for collection.

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  2. THough we have not been droughty in our area of the country, we are adding another stock tank this year. I try to add one per year---and I've noticed HUGE benefits in the garden to using only rainwater.
    Good luck with the new water tank. You're doing it smart restricting it's use for the first few times.

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  3. Someone here had some but I think they contained something other than roundup to begin with.

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  4. I think our drought is officially over, but with the way the weather has been the past few years, who knows what the future will bring. I like this idea of re-purposing the container, and you're wise to restrict its usage for awhile. Nice too see all the green showing through on your March tour!

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  5. We are out of drought for the moment, but it can certainly change again this summer. I'm thinking it will be hot and dry this summer too. Ugh. I like your new water container. It's a good way to reuse it isn't it?~~Dee

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  6. It would be worth investigating to find out how much residue from the Roundup is bound to the plastic and will leach out into the water.

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  7. Hello!
    I think about the water tank too. In Poland it begins to dry. We had a big drought last summer. I like these water containers. They are beautiful.
    Kisses :)

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  8. GonSS, I know you have struggled through some drought years. We had a couple close calls. Two years ago we had a threat of watering restriction during the summer. My rainwater catch system came in handy. We actually didn't go into restriction but I was ready. Four hundred gallons of rain water will last about two months for the back yard garden.

    Now at Terra Nova Gardens, the natural spring is under development. I have acquired a similar IBC tank for water storage. My plan is to put the tank on a platform 4 feet above the ground. Then when the spring gets developed, I'll be able to pump water from the spring into the tank which will be used to water the garden. Each year I get the set up a little closer to being used. My tank had some kind of road chemical that was supposed to be non toxic. I'll be doing a through cleaning before I use it to water the garden. Any way water is becoming an important commodity in the grand scheme of things.

    Have a great day catching rain water.

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  9. Good for you! It's wonderful that you will be able to collect even more rainwater in your new container. I hope you can quickly get rid of any residue left by the Roundup.

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  10. We're fortunate to have lots of water here, but I know we shouldn't take it for granted. One of my goals has been to install a pump and irrigation system that works off of our pond. We've used rain barrels for chicken water, but gave up after we failed to keep algae from growing in it. Now you have me thinking about water, something I should be more careful about.

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