A summer project is complete! Â Just in time as we are under water restrictions due to a drought.
Installed under my front porch is a 300 gallon rainwater collector and is modeled after my Dad’s rain barrel. Â The main difference between ours is the pump is not hooked up to a pressure sensor. Â Rumor has it that the pumps used do better when there is a continuous flow of water through them (even though restricted) in order to keep them cool. Â We will see how each approach lasts over time.
The crazy part is this 300 gallon container was filled after one light North Carolina rain when only one rain gutter is the supply. Â The hope is to finally keep the front lawn green by watering more 🙂
300 Gallon Rain Barrel with continuous run 1/2 HP Pump
- Agri-Supply, Round End Tank, 3′ X 2′ X 8′, WT328, 29074, $194.95
- Northern Tool Clear Water Pump, 109955, $49.99
- Home Depot/Lowes 1″ Foot Valve
- 10 foot PVC 1″
- PVC connectors: (3) 1″ 45, (1) 1″ Female to 1″ Male thread for foot valve, (1) 1″ Female to 3/4″ Male thread to hose connector, 1″ PVC Union, 1″ PVC Ball Valve, 1″ PVC T with 1/2 thread connector on T for return to tank
- 3/4″ brass thread female to hose bib connector, Watts A-669, 3/4″ MH x 3/4″ FIP
- 1/2″ brass male thread both ends, connect from T to PVC Valve
- 1/2″ brass male thread to 3/8 nipple, connect other side of PVC valve to 3/8 plastic tubing back to tank
- 10 foot 3/8 clear plastic tubing
- Top, (12) 6′ Cedar Dog Eared Fencing, I only found this at the Home Depot in Knightdale.
- Gorilla Glue for top, (1) box 1/2 brass screws for top, aluminum screen for top opening for gutter feed
- – Weatherproof Red Dot electrical outlet box and switch box, 1/2 inch