How to Make a 6000 gallon water tank

Discussion in 'Off Grid Living' started by velacreations, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. velacreations

    velacreations Monkey+


    We recently completed our newest rainwater cistern. It cost about $1,600 to make, and took us about a week. It holds 6,000 gallons of potable water, and can be made by just about anyone.

    We start by leveling a site and making a ring of bricks. The bricks serve as a foundation for the metal walls of the cistern. Then, we lay out the metal in a cylinder, bolting it together. Once the walls are in place, we cut out holes for inlets and overflows.

    The roof sits on a ledge of angle iron inside the walls. It consists of a PVC frame, covered by billboard vinyl, and then that is covered with a thin cap of acrylic concrete.

    It is pretty easy to do, and gives you a cheap storage space for a lot of water. If you conserve water, this storage tank could last your family a very long time.

    For more detailed instructions, please visit:
    Cistern Howto - VelaCreations

    More photos:
    2nd Cistern - a set on Flickr
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