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tumblindown
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:56 pm 
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I'm only asking this because I have a guy here (UK) trying to fix our 3 year old, new build rainwater harvesting system, again, lots of agains. The weather has been miserable and cold and very cloudy but no rain. So the tank is empty and just topping up to the 20% mark with mains water as and when a toilet is flushed etc. But it doesn't stop topping up, it goes on and on, leaving us with a full tank of mains water and then it rains.

The rainwater is coarsely filtered before hitting the tank and is then used for flushing the toilets and the washing machine. It does save us a fair bit on our water bills being about £160 per annum, family of four, 3 bed house.

So what are the systems in place for rainwater harvesting in BG? Are they just a tank with a pump for watering the garden, or are they more complicated? What can you get and do you consider them worthwhile now or to be thought of as a future proofing (price increases) investment?
  
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:18 pm 
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Whilst we don't have a rainwater harvesting system set up here in BG,I did pipe my shower ,bath and sink to go to a large barrel in the garden for the plants etc.
We have found that water bills are very low here,we average approx 10/12 lev per month.There is only two of us but we shower every day,washing m/c always seems to be on,not to mention extra water for garden,aaaaaand buckets of water every day for 6 dogs.
So,you see,we don't skimp...hope this bit helps.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:59 pm 
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tumblindown wrote:
So what are the systems in place for rainwater harvesting in BG? Are they just a tank with a pump for watering the garden, or are they more complicated? What can you get and do you consider them worthwhile now or to be thought of as a future proofing (price increases) investment?


I got together with 5 neighbours (we're in a villa zone of about 10 houses) last year as, although we all have wells, they tend to run dry if the underground water table falls too far in summer. I previously used a blow-up plastic swimming pool on a patio collecting rainwater from the roof as backup - and I could just switch sources for the hydroforn pump at the turn of a couple of taps.

Anyway, we got an excavator in for a couple of days and installed about 40 m of 110 mm diameter perforated pipe covered with varying sized stones in a 2m-deep trench, an underground waterproofed collection tank made from well rings, and then about 350m of below-ground polyethylene pipe to feed the water from the tank into the houses. It works well and provides a pressure of about 2 bar as the collection/storage setup is on the opposite hill and considerably higher than the houses it supplies. I can still use my well hydroforn as a separate system if I want, again by turning a couple of taps, but so far haven't needed to.

So I pay nothing for my water or just the cost of electricity if I choose to use the hydroforn pump.
  
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