Sep 28, 2013
I had a fun weekend at the cabin. This is what I found when I got up to the tank, two weeks after we setup our simple, cheap off grid rain water collection system. The tank was about one fifth full with 200 gallons of rain water. Watch the video below for the full story. I had a bunch of friends up there so the rain water system wasn’t the focus of the trip like it was last time.
LOTS of pine needles sitting on top of the bucket, not many got in. These were the first heavy rains all summer so I think they took off a lot extra needles. I doubled up the screen just to be safe since I had extra anyway.
Another shot of the filter bucket, the filler tube is 2″ above the bucket bottom so some sinkers and dirt can settle in the bottom of the bucket and not flow into the main tank.
Here is the start of our outdoor kitchen. It’s a 8′ x 2′ counter with a large sink in the middle. It’s hooked up to the rain water tank with a pvc manifold that will allow expansion for future water fixtures like a shower, sauna, hose bibs, etc.
If I was at my house I would use a more advanced yet simple rainwater diverter filter combo like this easy to use Fiskars system. For $25 you can add this divert on your down spout and it will filter out leaves and other debris and divert rain water to your tanks or barrels. It fix 2×3″ and 3×4″ down spouts. Check it out on Amazon below.
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