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How To Pump Water From Rain Barrels To A Holding Tank

Rain barrels are containers that collect and store rainwater from your rooftops. Rainwater falls in your rooftop, going down to your gutters and into paved roads in your area if not collected in a rain barrel.

Collecting rainwater in a rain barrel will give many benefits to home owners. It will save them money which could otherwise go to their water bills. This is economical, don’t you think? Aside from being economical, it is also environmentally friendly. Having a rain barrel to collect the rainwater will minimize the runoff that goes to your area’s water system. This runoff contains many pollutants that they come in contact with while travelling their way to the water systems of a locality. They will be carrying with them, dusts, animal debris, animal drippings, sediments, oils and the like. If this goes to the reservoirs or storm drains in your city, more pollutants are being deposited there. Collecting some of this runoff with your rain barrels will lessen the amount of pollutants being delivered to and be treated for further consumption. More pollutants to be processed would mean a lot of energy to be required for processing. Thus, having a rain barrel would mean lesser pollutants being introduced to your waste water reservoir systems. That would mean less energy consumption for you in total consideration

Rainwater collected from rain barrels has many uses. They can be used to water the plants you have in your lawns and garden. They are good for this usage since rainwater is not chlorinated. You can also use it to wash your car, your windows and even use it in flushing your toilets. That’s a lot of uses, don’t you think?

Now, how to pump water from rain barrels to a holding tank?

First, let us find out what a holding tank is. A holding tank is different from a septic tank. Sometimes people get confused with these two terms. Septic tank is an underground sewage and waste-water system that dispose of a filter waste. Here, solids are separated from the liquids. Bacteria will dissolve the solids, and the solids will then go out from the tank along with the waste water. Holding tanks, however only contains the solids.

Septic tanks don’t require a power supply. Since septic tanks break down the solid wastes it leaves the system as liquid. Holding tanks,on the other hand, will not provide solid separation. Some people think that the solid waste in septic tanks were released to the ground. This is not true. The waste is naturally broken down by bacterial action. Holding tank installation can only be allowed following a state code of your area.

If you would consider holding tank installation, your decision about it should come from giving it a very serious thought. Do not install it if your area doesn’t have the suitable requirements needed for its proper installation. If you still decide to install a holding tank, be reminded that pumping is required once it gets full. Monitoring the tank level is very essential and a professional sewer and waste person must be contacted to get rid of the waste from the system.

So if you will use rain water from rain barrels in your holding tank, you must take great consideration on the proper positioning of your holding tank in relation to the location of your rain barrels. Consider also the amount of water that you will be handling and always be reminded to abide of whatever is required by law. Choose the appropriate pump that can answer your pumping needs. An expert person must be contacted to handle the installation.

Hopefully, the above information could give you an idea on: How to pump Water from Rain Barrels to a Holding tank.


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