Pillow Tank Update

After some seasonal ironing out of logistics and parts, the tank is now sealed and filling. Not from roof catchment, yet, but directly from the well, without filtering, so we can get things flowing for summer irrigation at Leafhopper Farm. It’s not a complete system yet, but getting water put away for the dry times is a must, and our well pump is working a few hours each day through the next few weeks to get us set for summer.

Using a hose was not our original plan, but time is short and filling now while the water table is high assures us a full tank by July, when water will become scarce. After we spread the tank and fenced it off for protection, our only hindrance to filling was a way to keep the tank closed and easy to open once full. A ball valve was on the original packing list, but some how did not make it in the order so we had to get another one on back order, and it arrived this week!

With an open/closed switch in place, we were able to begin filling our 20,000 gallon pillow tank directly from the well, bypassing out filter so as not to overload the black comb filtration system on the well. Because the water we use from the tank will be for irrigation only, unfiltered well water will be fine. The inflow spot is directly above center of the tank, so a hose can be pushed right into the top and keeps the tank filling without and spills. We’ll have to fill only part way, so someone can walk out (with no shoes on) to the center when we are ready to attack the roof catchment system. Till then, we’re running the well a few hours each day to get a jump start on filling.

Water on top of the tank material in the picture above is form rain. The inflow valve has no water leaking out. It’s hard to see in these pictures, but the tank is slowly filling. Right now it feels a lot like a partially inflated water bed. We’ll keep monitoring the water level as the days go by. We only fill for a few hours each day to prevent the well pump burning out, and also to allow eventual approach when we need to attach the roof catchment system.

In the above picture, you can barely make out a slight puffing up of the tank. It’s like someone is slowly filling an air mattress, only it’s a water mattress! The visual change will take a few weeks, and remember, until we get the roof catchment setup, we don’t want to fill things too much, or no one will be able to reach the infill cap when we need to attach the roof catchment outflow. The adventures in water catchment continue here at Leafhopper Farm!

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