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Old 16-07-2013, 01:21 PM   #171
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I believe the thread starter posting about his 2nd and 3rd tank being cleaner. Refer to post #1.
The top to bottom connection will make no difference. For each butt you add, the water will be cleaner and cleaner.

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What you suggest is more like a split/junction/fork without valves. What I understand as a diverter (English is a foreign language to me) was a valve like the one people have on their bath tub to choose where the water is routed/channelled to. If you use the shower head, water rises to the level of the showerhead, usually above the level of the tub filler without flowing from the end you don't want it to. In case the diverter is a more complex/automated plumbing device than I thought and serves other purposes, that's what I don't know and why I asked in my previous post.
There's nothing clever involved with the downpipe diverter.



Water comes down the downpipe, most of the water rolls down the inner walls which catches in the diverter (pink), this then fills up to the point of where the water reaches the tube to the butt at which point it will overflow in to the butt. Once the butt is filled up to the top of the tube/inside lip of the diverter, the water has no where to go other than to overflow back in to the downpipe.
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Old 25-07-2013, 12:27 AM   #172
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Well, my water butt setup was complete and had been running for a few days, right up until the base in the 1st sedimentation tank began leaking.

I patched it up best I could and reconnected everything. It managed to stay leak-free for less than 2 days, until the other tank sprung a leak - so I am all but abandoning this idea.

Now, one way or another, I am determined to complete this project, so I'm now focusing my attentions to Plan B.

By utilizing a standard 10" filter and housing between the downpipe and water butt, such as this:



I can omit the 1st and 2nd sedimentation tanks completely, thus having a setup like this:



I really wanted this to be maintenance free (i.e. - no faffing with filters) but it looks as though as this is probably the best solution I can come up with.
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Old 25-07-2013, 05:54 AM   #173
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i would work with at least 2 watertanks, and put the filter in between 1 and 2.
where you've put it now, it will be saturated in no time... will cost you a lot in filters
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i would work with at least 2 watertanks, and put the filter in between 1 and 2.
where you've put it now, it will be saturated in no time... will cost you a lot in filters
Job done (for now).

That was the main reason I didn't want to go down the filter route, tbh. But its done now and I kind of have a "pre-filter" fitted between the diverter pipe and the main filter's inlet, in the form of some cheap stockings (and no, I don't wear them. )

Behold...



It is fitted with a carbon block filter (which I wouldn't be surprised if it cakes up in no time) but I can always swap it out to a washable and reuseable 25 or 50 micron job, later on.
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Old 27-07-2013, 07:43 AM   #175
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Can't remember if its already been asked or said anywhere so,

Bigpikle - Have you got anymore details on your big water tank, how much and where from ?
Also is it supported on anything to get the water levels the same to match the butts feeding it ?

A 210 litre Sankey butt with stand is £50 in B&Q, so these big ones could be good value.
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Old 27-06-2015, 02:38 PM   #176
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Interesting! I love these things.
Save as much water as you can and re-use it! really good.
thanks!
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:52 PM   #177
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I have been using harvested rainwater for a while. Had a 6500 litre tank buried in the front garden in the soakaway we had to install with the new house build. Fills up very quickly from the roof. Has a 1.2 kW pump and draws the water from the top by the use of a float. Mainly used by sprinkler system but excellent for car washing. In a very hard water area so ideal for me.
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Resurrecting an old thread but can anyone tell me if the pumps mentioned are suitable for supplying enough pressure to a hose?
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Search for water butt pump and you'll find lots of options. The big DIY stores do them for about £50, online vendors specialising in rainwater collection, storage and use tend to start about £70 and go (way) up, albeit for a considerably better specified unit.

"Enough" pressure is a relative thing - how long a hose, what do you need to do with the water at the other end (ie just supply a pressure washer, or use the hosepipe as is), is the place you want to use the water higher or lower than the place it is stored?

I looked into this in quite a bit of detail before deciding that for the cost of a decent pump, I could make up a large hose that would give me sufficient flow and be entirely reliable (ie, no moving parts to go wrong, or electrical connections to make)
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Old 26-01-2016, 06:36 PM   #180
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I have a Hozelock butt pump and its ok for using with a hose to wash the car off, it's mainly used for pumping water from my waterbutts to the pressure washer.

The hose length, as said before will come into it, mines ok for about 30 feet, not tried it with a longer one.

http://www.hozelock.com/our-products...ter-butt-pump/
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