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 while..an 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 too..as 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.