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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Gravity Fed Water System {Water Storage}…

37 degrees - 9:14 am - foggy... 

All the trenching for our gravity fed water system is finally done, now onto the cold-water storage tank.

We are using a used food grade IBC Tote (which has been cleaned out several times) that we got off of Craigslist.

Tony has placed the water tank at the end of the trench and plumbed it with an intake line, vent pipe, and a p-trap.

The tank is surrounded on all sides with plywood to keep the dirt from crushing the tank.  All water lines and tank will be completely buried; the only thing you will see will be the top two feet of the vent pipe, which will be spray-painted brown.

The only thing left to do is lay out the intake line, which will be above ground, to the water source.

To be continued…


  1. It’s good that you’ve finally set up the water storage tank! Well, the need for water storage has been around for years. The good thing about storing water is that it can always be used for different purposes. Anyway, from the looks of it, I think the tank can hold up to 1,200 liters of water. It’s certainly taking another step towards getting your cabin house off the grid!

  2. How does the water tank fill up?

  3. How deep does the water tote need to be buried to prevent freezing and allow us to use the water in the winter? Temperatures occasionally as low as 0 degrees.

    1. I went a foot coverage on the tank and 18"-24" on the pipe. The tank is hard to freeze because the volume of water helps to maintain the temperature. I am planning to do a larger tank in the future. Then use this one to catch any fine sediment before it goes into the next tank. Either way I would do a two tank system, first tank, with a drain to catch sediment that you could drain once a year and a second tank that is supplied from tank one that goes to the house.



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