Planning water

Due to the current drought and the great effort one has to go to here to get water to ones farm we have had to come up with a good plan and an underground network of pipes to get water to all areas of the farm. Bobs has some awesome drawings of this network that he has planned. 

An important aspect to this project is rain water harvesting. We have four large roof areas that can be used. To start off the project we have recently acquired two 5000 litre tanks which will start collecting water from our carport.


These we bought from Rototank in Gauteng as the price was good, the quality and guarantee exceeded those available here and of course the most important to me is the colour was right 🙂 

These tanks will supply water to the kennels and the chickens as well as to the farm workers area for showering etc. It will also connect into the network leading to our reservoir should there be excess rains (hopeful). Our next step will be to lead water run off from the cottage onto the carport roof where it will run into this system.  Water from our house roof and the other small house roof will be channeled directly into the reservoir.

This system will run separately to our existing borehole network.

One small step leads to the next and before we know it we will have our system in place. Now to get the rain……..


3 thoughts on “Planning water

  1. Jackie – Did you know that 1mm of rain in the rain gauge = 1 lt / mtr2 of ground / roof area.

    A double carport is +/- 40mtrs2 in size. 1mm of rain falling onto a 40mtr2 roof area = 40 ltrs of rain into your rain water tanks. 20mm of rain falling onto a 40mtrs2 roof area would equal +/- 800ltrs of rain falling into your rain water tanks. That probably doesn’t sound much, but trust me those 2 rain tanks will fill up in a wink. It may be wiser to try to get a separate tank (or two) for the cottage roof, main house roof, etc. 😉

    We currently have 8 X 5000lt tanks for rain water, and store ‘municipal” water in 1 X 5000lt tank (in case the main pipe is damaged by a farmers plough… It can take Overberg Water up to 3 days to repair said damage, which means that we would be without water for those 3 days if we didn’t store any.

    I wish we could afford a 200 000 – 250 000lt “corrugated” dam. That would give us complete peace of mind for the 3 – 4 dry summer months.

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    • Hi Dani, yes we have looked at the maths. It’s amazing isn’t it? This is why the tanks will also feed into our 100 000 litre reservoir. They will fill in one good storm so it makes sense for them to feed into the bigger reservoir. We water our veggies and all our nut trees from this reservoir. Those big new shiny silver sealed water reservoirs are so lovely but also not right in our budget just yet. Luckily our old cement one is still functional.

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