Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rain! It's about time.

We've just weathered the FIRST storm of the season and it's January 26th. Our area got up to 4 inches of rain in just a few days. Luckily, our rainwater catchment tanks were down to 700 gallons. That amount came from the only other bit of rain we've had this Winter which was months ago. We let the first day if this storm's rain rinse off the roof then turned the valve and sent all that glorious water to our tanks.


We've got two 1350 gallon water tanks and a 150 gallon stock tank (duck pond). The first night of the storm brought us the remaining 2000 gallons we needed and the rest came out of the overflow pipe to flush the duck pond. It rained for two or three more days and we now have a VERY clean pond! The fish are happy, the ducks are happy, we're happy. You get the picture.


We need more tanks!

Our tanks come from Tank Depot. We order online and have them delivered to our driveway. They are lightweight and if you have the clearance you can just roll them into place. We have them on base rock platforms framed with rot-resistant wood.

The duck pond stock tank was purchased on Craigslist. It's the Rubbermaid brand. Whenever possible we buy things used but you can find these tanks at any good feed store.

Remember- The problem is the solution. We used to have big issues with water around our house foundation. Now, we don't and we also save money on water for our livestock and gardens.

Rainwater is precious. It does not belong in a storm drain. Catch it, slow it, sink it.

2 comments:

Chari said...

Hello,
We are fellow Petalumans and I found your site today. We have 5 hens and are going to add 2 muscovy ducklings soon. We would like to do a stock tank like you have. Do you have a pump that filters the water? Have you had trouble with the ducks eating the fish? Do you have any suggestions for us?
Love your blog!
Chari

Petaluma Urban Homesteaders said...

Howdy Fellow Petaluminaries!

We do not have a pump. Our system is gravity fed to the garden just lower in elevation to the tanks. Recently we found a portable sump pump at the local thrift store. I've been hooking the front yard hose and sprayer to it and draining the pond while watering the entire front gardens. It still leaves about 50 gallons in the pond for the fish. I then, refill from the rainwater tanks. That's our system. No filters, no pumps. There are about 15 fish in the pond. They hide when the ducks are in the water so they don't get eaten. The ducks don't dive so the fish are safe.

We got the tank on Craigslist but you can buy it locally at Rivertown Feed. The fish and the ducklings came from there too.

Why Muscovies? Do you want them for eggs or meat? Don't get males. They are a pain! (Sorry guys!).