Part two of our building/drainage work is now complete. With the gutter and channel in place, Bruce and Robin then laid a small concrete pad for our emergency water supply tank. Mixed the old fashioned way, by hand, in the wheelbarrow.
Mixing concrete the old way
Bruce then took some measurements, and some pieces of timber, then took himself back to his home workshop to construct a stand to place the water tank on. It needed to be high enough to get a bucket under the tap when we want to get some water out. The empty tank was placed on top of the stand to see if any adjustments needed to be made.
Trying the stand out for size
Still not finished as far as Bruce was concerned - he took it home again and stained it with some of his left over decking stain. Doesn’t it look great. It is really sturdy, full of bolts and recessed joinery.
Then the tank fittings and fixtures had to be put in place. The rainfall off our Archgola will run down the drainpipe and across into the black pipe to fill the water tank. And once the tank is full, there is a valve which diverts the rain water back into the drainpipe, which then runs off into our storm-water system - very cleverly designed, isn’t it. And now after some rain fall, it didn’t take too long at all for our 200 litre emergency water supply tank to fill up to the top.