Reduce, Reduce, Reduce - 300 Gallon Water Tank to a Garden Hose
Last night, we took a trip to HD to get the attachments needed to connect our 300 gallon water tank to a garden hose. The purpose of this post is to give you a head start if you are looking to complete a similar project.
The tank was used to store soy lecithin. Like our other rain barrels, we just led a flexible gutter extender into the top of the tank. An old plastic garden pot on top of mosquito netting sits in the hole at the top of the tank to keep mosquitoes and other critters out.
Here are the fittings that we bought:
From the end of the water tank...
2” female adapter screwed onto tank
Other end is attached to 2” pipe
At the end of the pipe is a 1 1/2“ x 2” slip coupler reducer
Then a 1 ½” x ¾” reducer bushing
To a piece of ¾” pipe
Ending with a ¾” female adapter to a garden hose
Use elbows as needed to get piping from tank to ground or whatever is most convenient for you. We have a cheap hose that likes to kink up, so the extra elbows keep the hose on the ground.
Living here in Georgia, we will no doubt experience long periods of drought. Harvesting rainwater is a sure way to keep our gardens healthy all year long. Here is a concise history of droughts here in Georgia from Walter Reeves’ website.
However, despite the lack of or abundance of rainfall, we are still working out water rights with other states. In the long run, less dependence on county water resources helps us save money and water.
See a video of this rain harvester on mnn.com:
"Plumbing a 300-gallon water tank to harvest rainwater"