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Old 11-08-2015, 10:38 AM   #1
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Thanks in advance for helping us out here!! We've just bought property and will be adding a portable cabin and utility shed this spring.. I would really like a bathroom in each structure as well as a kitchen and bathroom sink, shower, possible w/d space in the cabin.. We are having electric to the property added soon, but can't do the $12,000 for a well anytime soon.. I'd really like to use the metal roofs from each structure to collect the rainwater...I don't want to bury my cistern system, but can place holding tanks indoors.. How, then, do I propel said water to toilets, sink,shower...etc.?? Would love to see diagrams and also read on what I need to buy.. Please and thank you.. From a new River Rat!!
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You run the roof to a gutter down spout. Down spout with solid screen to barrels. You must still treat the water if you plan to drink it. Birds do carry things in the poop that lands on your roof. It's also good to have an automatic divertor to the ground so the first 1/2 hour of rain does not enter the barrels.. Think of it as a prewash. Depending on your local laws other restrictions may apply.

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If you can keep the storage tank up high, you can let gravity feed the water at low pressure.
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Yes.. Thank you! My question is more about propelling the rainwater through pipes to my sinks, shower, toilet, etc..
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You are going to need a pump. There are many pumps and pump/tank combos available.

This setup is good. No tank needed.

http://www.lxpumpshop.com/index.php?...products_id=51

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So I won't need a pressure tank in addition to the pump?? I appreciate your input.. Also, best piping for cold weather applications??
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So I won't need a pressure tank in addition to the pump?? I appreciate your input.. Also, best piping for cold weather applications??
Ayuh,.... You'll need to plumb the house, just like as if it was fed by a well,...

Pump, tank,then all the related plumbin' to yer fixtures,....

Donno what yer implyin' with the cold weather comment,....
Water freezes at 32, regardless what ya use for pipin',.....

I use nothin' but Pex anymore myself,....
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That pump I posted is an on demand pump. It senses water use and turns on. It runs as long as you use water then shuts off a few seconds after the water is shut off. No tank needed. My neighbour has one and it works extremely well.
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