There have been a few long dry months since the summer rain and I was beginning to wonder if I would run out of water. My 500 gallon tank was empty and my 350 gallon tank had only 100 or so gallons. I still have my back-up 400 gallon tank and my jacuzzi is full. While I was away for Thanksgiving it rained a little and I was able to collect 200 gallons. I could have collected more but my pipe that catches the rain blew over. Then last week it rained again, another 300 gallons collected. And whoo-hoo...it rained again this week. I don't know how much I collected because it is dark when I get home from work but I think my tanks are almost full.
In the summer I only used 50-70 gallons of water a week in the RV (laundry is separate) and I use that same amount now. In the winter I catch the cold water from the shower, while waiting for the hot water, in an old iced tea jug and use it for the toilet. It's another little chore but I would rather do that than have to fill my RV water tank more often. I only have to fill it once a week.
It would be nice to have a bigger tank for the RV but I would probably just waste more water if it was available. The people at work like to tease me and tell me how nice their long hot showers are, or that if anyone visits me they would have to bring their own water, or that instead of paying me they should just give me water. My boss thinks my water system is interesting but he insists that I need to drill a well for re-sale value. Maybe so, but I don't plan on selling any time soon so why do I care what other people want? I am happy saving money with my own little water company.