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Offline velacreations

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How to Make a 6000 gallon water tank
« on: November 17, 2012, 09:02:14 AM »


We recently completed our newest rainwater cistern.  It cost about $1,600 to make, and took us about a week.  It holds 6,000 gallons of potable water, and can be made by just about anyone.

We start by leveling a site and making a ring of bricks.  the bricks serve as a foundation for the metal walls of the cistern.  Then, we lay out the metal in a cylinder, bolting it together.  Once the walls are in place, we cut out holes for inlets and overflows.

The roof sits on a ledge of angle iron inside the walls.  It consists of a PVC frame, covered by billboard vinyl, and then that is covered with a thin cap of acrylic concrete.

It is pretty easy to do, and gives you a cheap storage space for a lot of water.  If you conserve water, this storage tank could last your family a very long time.

For more detailed instructions, please visit:
http://www.velacreations.com/water/water-sources/item/313-cistern-howto.html

More photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/velacreations/sets/72157631466249540/

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Re: How to Make a 6000 gallon water tank
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2012, 11:24:46 AM »
Great post, very well done project.  Good Work velacreations.

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Re: How to Make a 6000 gallon water tank
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2012, 04:15:54 PM »
+1 great post.

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Re: How to Make a 6000 gallon water tank
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2012, 09:26:25 PM »
Amazing post and impeccable timing.  I was in the processing of looking for different cistern ideas, and yours is easily the best choice.

+1 velacreations!

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Re: How to Make a 6000 gallon water tank
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2012, 08:32:06 PM »
Excellent work!  Looking forward to adapting this myself.