Building And Installing Rainwater Tanks For Your Home Building And Installing Rainwater Tanks For Your Home

What You'll Need
Food Grade Drum
Mesh Netting
Water Spigot
Cinder Blocks

Rainwater tanks can make your home more eco-friendly and take advantage of water that is naturally available and often wasted. If you decide to build and install your own rainwater tank, make sure that you use a tank that is food grade in order to prevent any chemical contamination from the water that is collected.

Why Collect Rainwater

You can use collected rainwater for indoor or outdoor use. If you decide that you want to use the water inside, invest in a water purifying system to remove any contaminants from the water and make it safe for consumption.

Rainwater is commonly used for greywater purposes, like washing clothes and cars or watering plants. If this is the purpose for your water, you will not need to purify the water at all.

Rainwater can also be used for outdoor showers or even to fill soaking hot tubs. If you have a garden pond, stream or birdbath, fill it with rainwater to be used by wildlife or stocked animals.

Step 1 - Pick a location to install your rainwater tank. An ideal location has level ground near where you want to use the water.

Step 2
- Attach the downspout to the roof rain gutter near where you will place the tank.

Step 3 - Wash the food grade tank thoroughly and place it under the downspout. Ensure that it is a food grade tank and not a chemical tank.

Step 4 - Build a platform for the tank with the cinder blocks. The platform should be at least 2 feet high and level.

Step 5 - Drill two 1-by-1-inch holes in the tank. Locate one of the holes 4 inches above the bottom of the tank. The other hole should be located in the lid of the tank just below the downspout.

Step 6 - Place the piece of mesh over the hole on the lid of the tank. This will catch any debris from the downspout.

Step 7
- Insert the water spigot in the bottom hole of the tank. This will allow you to easily remove water.

Step 8
- Position the tank into place

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