Princess Memamma

Rainwater Collection System

October, 2007

Once the State of Georgia announced that all outside watering was banned we started looking at ways Betsy could save her plants an flowers.  We concede that we will have to give up the grass but fortunately we have very little of that.

Our son, John, told us that he was going to use a very large water tank that he had used on his trailer to wash bikes at Motocross Races and collect rain water.

We began to think of alternatives and even looked at rain barrels on the Internet.  In the end we went down to Loganville and got a couple of blue plastic barrels from a guy that used to have a yard full  When we left, he only had one plastic barrel left.

The two 55 gallon drums are connected by an overflow pipe that feeds the second drum.  The 2nd drum has an overflow pipe that allows air to escape as the 2 barrels fill and also the discharge any excess rain water that may occur.  One of the drums originally contained Kekoman Soy Sauce and the other Burgundy Wine.

Fortunately there was a nice downspout from the gutter system that dumps all the water from the backside of the main roof and also one side of the sun room.   This provided the water source and I was able to build a sturdy platform underneath the over hang of the sun room and right next to Betsy's potting table.

These pictures are not presented in any particular order and there are no captions.

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April 1, 2008.  I added a low pressure, clear water, transfer pump to the rain water complex.  Now you can water plants using a regular water hose.   The last 3 pictures show close ups of the water proof electrical switch and Betsy using her hose and sprayer to water some plants.

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This page last updated 04/01/2008