Rainwater pumping system

AGreyMan

I’m the kind of G the little homies wanna be like
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#1
Hi all.

I was taking my rainwater system apart for the season, and I thought I'd post a few pics.

First is the rain barrels as I posted in the other thread:

Rain totes.JPG

Next up is the connection from the tote to the hose. I have both tanks feeding the pump at a time. If I don't want to draw from a tank, I just shut the valve from that tank.
Hose attach.JPG


Next up is the pump. Blue thing is a filter, then a Wayne utility pump. Again, I was not pleased when I tried to use a Harbor Freight pump. They have one now that's a clone of the Wayne. Maybe that would work better. The brass bulge is a check valve. Then a pressure gauge, then a pressure switch.

Pump stuff.JPG

In practice, it works just like my house's water system: I press the trigger on the sprayer, water comes out, pressure drops, pump kicks on, and I spray until I am tired of spraying. Then I let go of the sprayer trigger, pressure rises to a certain point, pump shuts off.

During the summer I keep it under an overturned tote to keep the rain off the pump. I will eventually build a little hut for it.

Anyway, that's how I do it!
 
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240Geezer

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#2
That’s nice AGM!
Very professional. How much does the tote hold and what size area are you watering with it?
We just had our deck rebuilt to a larger size and it’s taken up the space I was going to use for a tote.
Might have to be chained barrels now.
 

AGreyMan

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#3
That’s nice AGM!
Very professional. How much does the tote hold and what size area are you watering with it?
We just had our deck rebuilt to a larger size and it’s taken up the space I was going to use for a tote.
Might have to be chained barrels now.

Thanks, Geez. My totes are 275 gallons a piece. I have two under the downspouts, and another 2 up the hill a ways. I pump from the downspout ones to the uphill ones as I can to keep them all full.

My garden is ~40' x 60'.

Totes are nice, but multiple barrels work just fine from what I have seen online.
 

240Geezer

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#4
That system is similar to what I was planning before the new deck now I may have to go with barrels plumbed in series to keep the profile slim.