Water Tank Without Tinaco?

zeferus

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Any ideas for water ?

I have a condo where I am not allowed to install a tinaco due to housing associations rules. Water runs out during peak times.

Any suggestions what to do? I found some pressure tank of 80 gallons in fibreglass but I wanted to hear if anyone had any ideas or heard of similar situations. Cistern are not possible either.

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JD Jones

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What floor are you on?
Where would you put it?
 

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And what happpens when there is no water coming in, will the pressure pump run non-stop trying to buid up the pressure in the pressure tank?
 

johne

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Is this idea possible? 30-40 gallon low boy hot water heater place somewhere in kitchen or bathroom. The current ones that are now being sold have very quick hot water, vacation settings,and controls so as to not use a great deal of electric.
 
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zeferus

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And what happpens when there is no water coming in, will the pressure pump run non-stop trying to buid up the pressure in the pressure tank?
Excellent question. The pump part is where i need more details. Anyone have a setup with some sort of pressure tank or hot water tank, where is their pump located before or after the tank ?
 

zeferus

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Is this idea possible? 30-40 gallon low boy hot water heater place somewhere in kitchen or bathroom. The current ones that are now being sold have very quick hot water, vacation settings,and controls so as to not use a great deal of electric.
Sounds like something worth exploring, what is a low boy ? What is your idea for the cold water reservoir ?
 

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Your looking at a holding tank a water pump and pressure tank…I would suggest manual valve if you do it ,float valves fail(when outside tank no big deal inside you flood condo) do you have room for all this in condo.. sound like your association needs bigger cistern which would be cheaper then just you spending $1000 just for your place..
 

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The solution I have seen in Santo Domingo where water is infrequent from the useless government run utilitiy is to use all sorts of containers that are filled when there is water pressure, from buckets to blue barrels.

Anything you can fit into your space will help.
 

JD Jones

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I think I would first look how I can tailor my water consumption around peak times rather than install a system to provide water.

You have to be able to have access to the water inlet of the condo to reconfigure the water flow to the system you are thinking about installing to provide water 24/7.
 

chico bill

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With an 80 gallon tank that's over 660 lbs on a free standing balcony (No support on outer edge).

How good is the construction of the balcony?
He will find out but maybe it isn't cantilevered. Think of 4 over-fat tourists from NY drinking on that balcony. Likely exceeds 1000 lbs
 

zeferus

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Your looking at a holding tank a water pump and pressure tank…I would suggest manual valve if you do it ,float valves fail(when outside tank no big deal inside you flood condo) do you have room for all this in condo.. sound like your association needs bigger cistern which would be cheaper then just you spending $1000 just for your place..
So something like a 55 gallon blue drum as holding tank then a pump than a 40 gallon pressure tank could be the general idea ?
 

JD Jones

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So something like a 55 gallon blue drum as holding tank then a pump than a 40 gallon pressure tank could be the general idea ?

How would you fill it? Manually?

You could do that, then run the pump to a cold water faucet (i.e. in the laundry) which would supply water to the entire house, but you would need a check valve on the water feed from the street or you'll send water to everyone in the building.
 
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available in the RD is a very compact pump, pressure tank combination. I don't have the particulars at hand but you can search most any large hardware store. I believe this would serve your requirements for a part-time use system. Use the blue drum as your supply and a simple hookup to the pump combination. Yes, manual ball valves to put your system online during a drought AND, check valves where needed.
 

JD Jones

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available in the RD is a very compact pump, pressure tank combination. I don't have the particulars at hand but you can search most any large hardware store. I believe this would serve your requirements for a part-time use system. Use the blue drum as your supply and a simple hookup to the pump combination. Yes, manual ball valves to put your system online during a drought AND, check valves where needed.
You have to be very careful with these. They are usually a small tank on a "Ladrona" with a pressure switch but the ladrona doesn't make enough pressure to shut off the pump.

Ask me how I know.

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Anybody want to buy a pump/tank combo - cheap?
 

johne

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The image I have created in my head.Man lives (as expat I assume )in a condo building. Sounds nice. Condo boards has many rules and regulations. That's good for keeping up the value. Hot water at prime times is scarce because of demand. Not an unusual circumstance. Image is clear. Now it gets cloudy. Recommendations : set up a blue barrel on your balcony or laundry room, Rube Goldberg a series of valves, check valves (affecting the building's water supply)and pumps that may be needed. If no check valve, load the barre;; manually.
In the year 2022 what's wrong with this picture?
Possible solution: Sell the condo and see how you might be able to do better in another more upscale building. IDK...it's your money and your desire. Go for it.

PS. The water here in the DR is not that cold and hot water is bad for your skin. :)
My opinion ...your money.