Letter from Anonymous
Keeping in mind, I am a widow, in her middle sixties with limited resources but a willingness to work hard and learn. I also have plenty of gumption and fortitude and a strong desire to survive – – –
As I stated in my submission, Just Because Your Elderly Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Be A Good Prepper, I installed a 225 gallon water storage tank with the rain gutters collecting rain water. In a short two week period, we have experienced three small thunderstorms. My rain gauge says we received less than one inch of rain from the three small thunderstorms, however, the rain that ran off my roof into the gutters and into the 225 gallon storage tank is full and overflowing.
First of all, let me say, I am shocked and amazed the system caught that much rain water in such a short time with such a small amount of rain. It’s hard for me to realize that much water can be captured so easily. I have instantly become what I would call a fanatic about capturing rain water, especially since where I live we are experiencing the worst extreme drought conditions I’ve ever seen.
I don’t live near any kind of water. The water we receive comes from the city water system but because of the drought conditions we have been given water restrictions for the last three to four years. I don’t have means to dig a well either. My rain collection system installed just weeks ago is now full of rain water and I have plans to install another 225 gallon storage tank on the opposite side of the house.
The water I collect will be used to water my garden and trees. It will also be used in the event of an emergency. I also fill up empty plastic bottles with RO water from my kitchen and I store those bottles in my food storage area. I’ve researched methods of keeping that water safe to use if I need to.
I realize as I use some of the rain water to water my garden and trees, each time it rains (if it rains) water will be replenished inside the tanks. If for instance it rains enough that the ground is saturated and the tanks are full, which means I would have 550 gallons of water, what should I do to continue to collect rain water? I know I can set five gallon buckets out to collect some, but I guess what I’m looking for is a method of continual collection. I’m looking for suggestions and ideas.
If any one has ideas I would appreciate detailed installation methods – keeping in mind I have started with two, 225 gallon storage tanks hooked up to my gutters. Is there such a thing as a Water Hoarder?