Monday, July 16, 2007

Our rainwater tank

Our rainwater tank was finally delivered and installed on Friday. It has been a long wait as the suppliers could not keep up with the demand due to the drought. Now we can start collecting 5000 litres for use in the garden and pool. A hose will go under the house and out into the back garden - there's quite a fall so we won't need a pump. It started raining shortly after the tank was hooked up and what a wonderful sound that was, listening to the water pour into the tank.

The Man Who Cooks inspecting our new addition to the family. The lower pipe is for the overflow when the tank reaches capacity. It's an optical illusion that makes it seem that the pipe is going uphill...
We park the cars in front of the moveable fence which is on castors.

After only a couple of hours of moderate rainfall, water had already reached the lower tap on the right. I wonder if we should give the tank a name.

22 comments:

Peter said...

Yep it should have a name Val, maybe something like Thomas the Tank... or has that been used already??

catsmum said...

Thomas the Tank ... LOL
I was thinking it looked more like a FRED. Yeah. Not clever or amusing but that's what popped into what I laughingly refer to as my mind.

Miss Eagle said...

How abouot Can-TANK-erous?

Steve G said...

5000 litres. That's a lot of water. Hope you fill it up soon.

John Cowart said...

I won't tell you the names I've called some of the appliances around our house!

But since your cistern is shaped like a Sumo wrestler so maybe it should have a Japanese name.

Kerri said...

I think John is on the right track re names for the tank... :)
It'll be a great relief to have a back up scource of water to use when you need it. I hope you'll be able to plant some flowers now to add a little color to the garden. You must've missed having flowers to enjoy.

Joan said...

What a great idea to conserve water. And I think naming this new addition to your family is just what you need to do. And if we're voting, add mine to John's suggestion.

Susie said...

I'm sure that rainfall was a great sound to hear. Our son has two tanks similar to that for their (only) water supply to their home. Theirs are spring fed and in drought years they have to pay for water to fill them. I like John's idea also. Maybe you could do a Japanese design on the tank :)
xo

jellyhead said...

he he... yes, I think you should name your tank for sure! It looks good - nicely screened and tucked away. How wonderful that you have had rain already, too.

We got our tank installed about two weeks ago, and it is an absolute eyesore! - close to the house, huge, and very green. So far it is called Fred. I have a very tenuous relationship with Fred. May have to do a post about him...!

T*mmy said...

What a neat contraption!
Don't camels hold water...what is a good camel name...teehee!!
:)

Lee-ann said...

Val......................not only was it -5deg here night before last but we are expection snow today!!!!!

Just felt you needed to know it is so black here at 9.30am and it is raining hard with ice added.

If you are in kyneton on Saturday on the way up to your block.....drop into the salvo's store that is were I will be until 1pm.

enjoy your day....abd take extra blanket this weekend to your block.
((smiles)) Lee-ann

Lee-ann said...

Val.........((smiles)) make that "IT IS SNOWING" HERE NOW!! LOL LOL LOL Lee-ann

Val said...

I knew I could rely on readers to come up with some good ideas. A Japanese theme would be good, as our garden has a Japanese look to it. I will work on a name and post about it. But don't let that stop you from throwing more ideas into the pot!

Merle said...

Hi Val ~~ Glad you finally got your tank installed and rain so soon.
There looks like more rain --snow I can do without!! Glad you liked the mobile phone warning, my gosh that thief was quick wasn't he? I am not
conceding our game against Brisbane YET - probably about 3/4 time!!
Take care, Keep warm, Love, Merle.

lindsaylobe said...

Hi Val ~~ Congratulations on your tank and no doubt it’s been filling up `if not already full !! .

Annette said...

Val, Cindy used to have a toy camel named Ben Gamal and I always kinda liked that name for things that hold water. Congrats on getting the tank! Looks like some I have seen in Alaska.

Annette

Meow (aka Connie) said...

Nice tank, Val ... I think it will be full in no time, with the weather we are having.
I think it should be called William ... not sure why, it just popped into my head !!
Take care, Meow

Alice said...

Look very smart indeed. At the moment we only have a 500 litre tank at one end of the deck but it's amazing how even that small amount can be used for such a long time on all the pot plants. I hope yours will be a great boon in keeping your garden looking as beautiful as you want it.

Kali said...

Congrats on your new tank ~ splendid! Aren't there some really great shapes available these days.
I've had a chuckle at some of the names already suggested, and am sure you will come up with an appropriate one.

Tanya said...

I love it. Call it something beautiful because it's doing beautiful things!!

Cris said...

Your tank sure deserves a name, because, you are going green huh, saving rain water, that's neat!

catsmum said...

Val my 113000 [ one hundred and thirteen thousand ] litr tank is now FULL! as are both the 4500 ones linked to it. Dam's still only about half full though. Yours??