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    Default Constructing A Cisterna

    Has anyone built one for their home? If so, what were the costs and ease of construction?

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    Dig hole. Cement floor, block walls, panete (cover with cement) Cheap as hell!

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    Did you connect it to the home's plumbing system via a pump?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank the Tank View Post
    Did you connect it to the home's plumbing system via a pump?
    We did this along with the pressurized tank. Works well, but do to the power problems we had to include a tinaca on the roof . Don't have the pvc pipe to low in the cisterna as a fair amount of sediment accumulates. Keep it at least 18" off the bottom and be sure to have large enough access for someone to get in and clean it every couple years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank the Tank View Post
    Did you connect it to the home's plumbing system via a pump?
    Good advice above. Also make sure that the cement cures well and ensure that it's sealed properly, before you start using it. I had issues with mine with water just leaking out of it into the ground.

    Nowadays the better solution is to just dig a well with a submersible pump. If you live in an area where you can trust the water (have it analyzed) that is your best bet.
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    i do not think it's that easy, no?

    dig a hole, put cement walls? ok, but you also have to seal them well and make walls strong enough to withstand small quake.
    cover with cement? not that easy. you actually cover the cistern with cement panels so you have to have enough space in the garden to pour them (basically a wooden crate, fill with cement, wait until set) and time plus good weather to dry them well.

    most of cistern are somewhat an integrated part of the house: under the garage or driveway. the cement "lid" needs to withstand lots of pressure and weight.

    then you need to connect it to street water (if applicable). and to the pump. ours is right on the top of the cistern for easy access.

    you need to figure the location of the cistern too. it has to be close enough to the wall/gate to allow water truck access (in case there is no street water at all or in case of emergencies). it has to have a good entry (usually a metal lid) so that someone (full size human) can enter the cistern for cleaning or maintenance (in cases of emergency).

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    how do you make it against leaking? What's the average cost?

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    It's not a big deal. You can always contact me for more info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank the Tank View Post
    Did you connect it to the home's plumbing system via a pump?
    I think there are 2 ways... pressurized tank or water impeller.....

    Our cistern sits on the highest piece of the property but the gravity feed isn't strong enough.
    We use the impeller.

    Friends nearby built a water tower.

    As for the waterproofing part, its just like a swimming pool. Not that hard

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    On Left :
    For example your tank is 5 meters x 2 meters area.

    the check cannot get tha water below 8cm.

    You have"no water" but still in the tank : 5x2x0.08= 0.8 cubic meters= 800 liters ( Gallon US 200)

    On right:
    You took advantage of all tank capacity.
    Easy to clean

    For incoming water
    Pay attention in order to take advantage of your all tank .
    Install the float ball valve at the right place.
    If not hundredth of gallons would be lost for storage.

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