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08:29PM | 06/13/07
Member Since: 06/13/07
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We recently moved into a home that has water constantly flowing into the sump pit 24/7. You can actually see the stream of water flowing from the bottom after we drain the pit completely. We have a base model sump pump that turns on about every fifteen minutes and pumps out about two gallons each time. My question is this: what is the best way to store this water for watering the lawn and garden? We are also wondering which sump pump method/combo is the most effective. We need to upgrade. Thanks so much, in advance, for your advice.


03:46PM | 06/16/07
Member Since: 03/03/05
271 lifetime posts
That is a wonderful idea. I think you could follow the premise used for water storage from wells. I would still use some type of filtration to stop sediment build-up.

Call a few well diggers in your area.

Here in the Boston area we pay a premium for our water ($1600/year). And some towns will not let you drill a well.

Please post here and let us know how you make out.


06:31AM | 06/18/07
Member Since: 06/13/07
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Thanks so much for your suggestion. I've been so focused on containing the sump pit water that I didn't even think about tapping into the water with a well. I'm going to look into the costs and see what I can do. As of now, I'm putting a big plastic tub under the pipe outside and using buckets to water our yard and garden. Of course, when I get sidetracked it overflows. We are currently under a water emergency due to a drought and are not allowed to use city water for our yards. Thanks again for helping me see other options.


07:21AM | 06/18/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
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A well tank is not appropriate. They are designed to hold pressure and limited water.

There are a number of plastic tanks used just for this purpose. Usually used to catch water off of roofs, but can be used with sump pumps.

Do a Google ON Rainwater Irrigation and you will find all kinds of sources.

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