Water cistern/rain collection

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Water cistern/rain collection

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Hi,

I'm living in Vernon and I am trying to find some resources on cisterns and rain collection. I have not found any municipal by-laws about having rain barrels or cisterns buried in the ground. Has anyone else here done anything similar?

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rustle wrote:Hi,

I'm living in Vernon and I am trying to find some resources on cisterns and rain collection. I have not found any municipal by-laws about having rain barrels or cisterns buried in the ground. Has anyone else here done anything similar?

Thanks


That's a really good question considering the current drought designation. Without any research I would think that any number of above ground barrels would be legal. Especially since you are just catching rainwater from your roof as opposed to filling from domestic pressurized water systems. As would be the palatalized 4x4x4 ft plastic totes that are free for the asking if you know where to ask. Each one of those would hold about 350 US gallons.

As to tanks buried in the ground....I would call the local building dept and ask. I suspect that "underground" sets off alarm bells that would require an expensive exercise in engineered design and construction.
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That's a really good question considering the current drought designation. Without any research I would think that any number of above ground barrels would be legal. Especially since you are just catching rainwater from your roof as opposed to filling from domestic pressurized water systems. As would be the palatalized 4x4x4 ft plastic totes that are free for the asking if you know where to ask. Each one of those would hold about 350 US gallons.

As to tanks buried in the ground....I would call the local building dept and ask. I suspect that "underground" sets off alarm bells that would require an expensive exercise in engineered design and construction.



I used to have 4 of the 1000 liter totes around my house. In a good downpour, I could,get 4000 liters of water in 10-15 minutes easy. I the had a small pump to run a sprinkler...worked great!
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Rain barrels are so useless I'm thinking of getting rid of them. For example, as you all know, we've already had 31.2 mm of rain this month. I only collect rain off my shed (roof is about 400 sq. ft.). Just from this one shed, it only takes 8 mm to fill a barrel, and I only have two barrels, and one I use to collect water off the porch.

I would need 4 barrels to collect just the 9 days worth of rain! If I were to collect from my house, it would only take 1.5 mm to fill a barrel, and I'd need 21 barrels to collect 9 days worth of rain.
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Glacier wrote:Rain barrels are so useless I'm thinking of getting rid of them. For example, as you all know, we've already had 31.2 mm of rain this month. I only collect rain off my shed (roof is about 400 sq. ft.). Just from this one shed, it only takes 8 mm to fill a barrel, and I only have two barrels, and one I use to collect water off the porch.

I would need 4 barrels to collect just the 9 days worth of rain! If I were to collect from my house, it would only take 1.5 mm to fill a barrel, and I'd need 21 barrels to collect 9 days worth of rain.


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Wow...and WE thought that our Government was bad...look at whats happening in some U.S. states. Hard to believe. Next thing you know, Big Brother will claim that they own the clouds and Sun. Be thankful we live in a semi-free country so far.

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