This drylands farming thing is no joke! We are stepping it up with the purchase of this 1650 gallon cistern.
This gigantic cistern is replacing our two linked fifty-five gallon barrels. We are going to use one rain barrel for catchment down at the chicken coop and the other to make compost tea in large batches. The compost tea will feed our gardens and houseplants. If we have excess it can be traded. The proposed rain catchment system at the coop will make hauling water down there a thing of the past, as well as keeping the hens' feet that much drier.
The water we can collect off our roof from both snowmelt and the heavy summer monsoons is enough to easily sustain our whole operation. We will irrigate all the gardens from this tank. Now it just needs to fill up with water.
|Overflow on top 1 1/2"|
|Outlet at the bottom 2"|