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wayland



Joined: 14 Dec 2006
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Location: The Sunny South East

PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:21 am    Post subject: Water Conservation.  Reply with quote

As I understand it, if we are on a mains water supply we shall be allowed 133 ltrs free of charge per person per day!!!. With no indication as to what the excess unite charge would be this cannot be good news. 133 ltrs is not as much as it sounds, and when there are three poly tunnels on the plot two 40 x 20 the charge to me could be considerable . I am in favour of paying for clean water. If we want the pollution of Ireland's watercourses to be worked on it requires investment. So we are planning a major water collecting and conservation program. Any thoughts lads?
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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm lucky in that I have my owm water which I piped down from a mountain stream.  But, even then, I collect the water off a shed roof and have piped that to the geese's water trough and a similar set up for the duck pond.  Wayland, if you got hold of a dozen or two blue barrells, connect 'em together with lengths of pvc pipe and have one under the down shoot of your house or shed,  you'll collect an awful lot of water.  If it's done right, one wet day  and they're all full.  And it's not poisoned with chlorine etc.
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wayland



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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sean Ph`lib. I am on the lookout for all kinds of barrels. My land is on quite a gradient which I intend to use to advantage  All the rainwater from the house is piped to a soakaway at the bottom of the paddock. Finding this pipe I could direct the water into a reservoir. Once I have dug it that is. An excuse to build another pond with one of those cheap pond liners on ebay.
I also have a stream running along a boundary ditch. I need to pump this water over the ditch and into a sump which I have dug. This will supply enough water for one of the polytunnels which is a start. I may just get a digger in for the res .
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drowned_pig



Joined: 30 Apr 2015
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Location: Ennis, Co Clare

PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have guttering on all animal houses & sheds etc running into black bins or big blue barrels which work well for the chickens and geese -  we have 2 barrels at the goose house.

We also have guttering on the polytunnel which gives an amazing yield when it rains and fills up 2 IBC tanks, both of which hold 1000L.
That said, if we had anything bigger than a goose or if we actually get a summer this year we're gonna have to fill up the ibc tanks from the house 😮
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dizandstell



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Location: Elphin, Co Roscommon

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have 2 x 1000l IBC tanks and two blue water barrels which we use for animal water and washing machine, and PT but with the lack of rain in the past week we have now turned the washing machine back onto mains water as the tanks are half empty and there isn't going to be any rain for the next week. I know Ireland gets a lot of rain, but when it stops for just a week we rely more on the mains (which is awful).
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wayland



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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the input lads (any of you ladies object to be called a lads?). I have one of those old victorian hand pumps which I am refurbishing. The plan is to set it up by the poly door with a galvie tank. These pumps are well capable of drawing water up from some considerable depth. With the pump connected to the sump "Jobs a gooden". Better than the bucket on a rope which is what I am currently doing.
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dizandstell



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Location: Elphin, Co Roscommon

PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem with being called a lad, happened many a time now so am use to it. First time was a bit of a shock though, but in their defence I was wrapped up so much that all could be seen was my eyes with no makeup on and I was pulling brash for Diz and chucking it through the chipper! No bother now.
Those Victorian pumps are fabulous and work soooooo well. Good old Victorians.
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wayland



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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the pump is now finished and installed. It works a treat so am well pleased. I have even given it an authentic coat of victorian blue hammerite.
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Torc



Joined: 29 Jan 2007
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Location: North Clare

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A sump pump from a ships' chandlers will pump water in a half-inch pipe up five meters.

I use mine when the IBC rain tanks run low and I need to move water up a gradient. They cost about 20, run on a car battery and last forever. There are also manual options for body builders.
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wayland



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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Torc wrote:
A sump pump from a ships' chandlers will pump water in a half-inch pipe up five meters.

I use mine when the IBC rain tanks run low and I need to move water up a gradient. They cost about 20, run on a car battery and last forever. There are also manual options for body builders.


I have a manual bilge pump but like the idea of a 12 v one. Five mtrs would be just right for my purposes. Cheers.

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