Sunday, July 10, 2011

Rain water harvesting

Here's a short video of our rain water harvesting system. It currently holds 220 gallons and is powered by a 12v pump from a bank of marine batteries that are in turn charged from an array of solar panels.
video

If you have any specific questions I could probably answer them. It really wasn't that difficult to put together and only took one day.

10 comments:

  1. Nice set up. What kind of pump did you use? I mean specific name etc.

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  2. It's a 12v pump from a salvaged motorhome. The brand is Aquajet and the model is 55-aquajet-aes. I picked it up for $50.00
    http://www.freshwatersystems.com/p-1034-aquajet-es-rv-pump-35-gpm-75psi-65-amp-12vdc.aspx

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  3. Not too shabby at all! The batteries are the thing that kicked my rear with solar power. Check the water, be sure you equalize the batteries, keep them charged but not too much...... Then after three years I had to replace the things. I am waiting to see how your operation works out. You seem to have a better handle on it than I did in 1999.

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  4. Thanks. The part that makes it easier is learning from all the great people who have tried it before me. I can skip some of the learning curve, which helps out a bunch.

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  5. You still out there? Hven't gotten run over by a truck or anything have you?

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  6. Thanks for checking up on me. I am still here, yes. Haven't been down to the property for a month or so. Some personal issues are taking precedence right now. Everyone is in good health.

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  7. Well, everybody has to juggle more than they ought to from time to time. Hope it all works out ok.

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