Water Perch

05 Jun

We bought a rain barrel but we have not quite gotten around to installing the rain gutters…but in the meantime we will use it as a cistern for when the pump runs out. We already have a water splitter so (after a minor adjustment to the hose) we mounted the rain barrel on top of the wobbly woodpile..



So, we fill it via the hose then turn off the line inside so it does not overfill..then when our pump runs out of water the pressure in the water line is lost…so then we switch the line inside back on and the water from the rain barrel begins to flow into the inside water line..a gravity fed system. Wanted to try this out for a outside cistern is out of the question for winter months but something similar to this (or this) can flush a toilet around 40 times..or wash 500 hands. A system like this could be useful for anyone in emergencies long as the cistern was high enough (in this setup it is not high enough for our hot water as the heater is mounted high up).


..and some random shots of yard, Ma and her chicks and the pups on a hike around the loop.






Posted by on June 5, 2012 in Construction, Purchases


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2 responses to “Water Perch

  1. jambaloney

    June 6, 2012 at 7:38 am

    that is an awesome lush paradise you have there pal – love the loop!! your rock garden is looking pretty fancy too!

    i have yet to setup/reinstall the mishmash rain gutters here too – we have 2 barrels ready to go!! no woodpile though and 3 days of rain… the well ain’t dry yet!!

    great backup solution – you could probably build an awesome stand with the railway ties…i’m still jealous!


    • eagergridlessbeaver

      June 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      yeah, 2 days of rain followed by 2 days of sun and heat..makes the green stuff grow! Hate the rain but love the results!

      Yeah, that would be a good idea to build with the railway ties..I DO need to augment the barrel to put the out-pipe lower..I cannot figure out why they would mount the outlet 1/3 of the way up the barrel..I was also thinking of mounting the barrel high up in a tree..but it is a stopgap solution and I don’t want to spend anymore time on it right now..I did up a list of chores/projects to do last night…and it looks daunting!


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