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Old 08-05-2008, 03:47 PM   #1
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My father and I are building a small cabin and are looking to add some plumbing to the structure. Maybe some one here can help. We have no electric or other utilities on the property and they are 1/2 mile away. Here is what we are trying.

Poly barrels to collect rain water that would be about 8' above the cabin floor. Can an RV toilet with the flapper valve be used with gravity water off this tank? Will it supply enough water to rinse? The waste will be conveyed to a waste tank that is about 8' horizontal and I can run an easy 1/4" per foot on the line.

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Old 08-05-2008, 11:05 PM   #2
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you get almost 1/2 lb per pressure for every foot of elevation above the highest fixture in your system. The higher the better. 4 lbs? Not much at all actually, especially once you take into account friction loss from fittings, etc.....

The higher you can make your storage tank, the better. build it up as high as humanly possible.


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If you're leaving untreated rain water in plastic barrels bacteria will grow in it. To store water like that it needs to be properly treated. I'd say it's fine for a toilet but I wouldn't be showering or washing food with it. For pressure you may need a pump.
Have you considered installing a well? I don't know what it would cost but that would be the ideal option.
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The water can be treated fairly effectively with one of those floating chlorine dispensers for a pool and some chlorine tabs, just make sure it is checked periodically. You should be able to use a regular tank type toilet. 4 psi is only about 1/2 what is required by code, but once the tank is full you really don't need any pressure to flush.

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