I brought my 1,000 liters (264 gallons) water tank with me from the old place thinking I would set it up again to collect water for the kitchen garden from a roof top. Fortunately a nice big roof is available here with rain gutter:
The ground has a heavy slope which means that the water tank is standing on the ground about half a meter (1.6 ft) below the floor of the carport.
I found out that I had a bit of cleaning to do of the gutter which had been neglected by the previous renters. It simply won’t work with all that organic material stuck in the gutter:
I managed to unhook the gutter to ease access:
And found this – the gutter was absolutely stuffed:
But I don’t mind – it’s actually very good material for composting, and almost entirely decomposed. I’m wondering how long it’s been in there 😉 A couple of years maybe?:
I gave the rain gutter a thorough hosing to clean it up as I don’t want too much crap in my water tank:
And now on to the clever part of this project: A water “thief” (I don’t know the English word for this baby 😉 ):
This is a device you insert somewhere in the rain water drain pipe which will divert the water flow away from the main pipe and into a tank or whatever.
And this is an illustration showing what’s on the inside:
Only when the small pipe on the right side is full of water it will start to pour over the edge on the inside and down into the main pipe. Until then most of the water goes into the small pipe, but of course a small part of it will fall into the opening in the middle, but I don’t think it will be anything significant.
This next picture is showing the piece inserted in the main pipe:
Because of the sloping ground the small diverting pipe needs to be 4 m (13 ft) which makes the whole thing look like something from a cartoon ;-):
but hey – it works®!:
I’m ready for the rain.