My secret project is revealed!
Water is a big problem out here in the desert of Tucson. A well would cost me $30,000 and I don't have that kind of money. My goal is to collect rainwater but right now I don't have any gutters since I had my old garage demolished. When my excavator guy was out here making a pad for the barn-shed, he had a water truck come out to keep the dust down. That gave me an idea. He said the truckload of non-potable water costs $150 and it can hold 3,500 gallons. Water tanks are a few thousand dollars which I don't have and I needed something fast, so I thought, why not a pool?
I picked out a pool that is 15' diameter and 48" high. It holds 4,200 gallons. I needed the 48" height to comply with the Pima County rules for pool fences. For above ground pools, if they are 48" then no additional fencing is required, I just have to lock up the pool ladder.
I bought styrofoam sheets to protect the pool liner. The pool came with a flimsy tarp to use as the base. My niece and I set it up on the old garage slab.
The water truck arrived on my birthday, just like I had planned. It was great to see it fill. I wanted to jump in.
It wasn't quite enough water to reach the pool filter holes but that's ok. I will be relying on chlorine and the pool cover to keep it clean.
So, I have 3,500 gallons in my temporary reservoir. I am hoping the pool lasts for 2 years. It cost $350 plus $150 for the water. When I get my gutters set up, I will use the pool for any water overflow. If I don't need to have water delivered again, this project will have cost me $21/m for the next 2 years plus the cost of chlorine and probably a replacement pool cover when it wears out. If I buy 3500 gallons next year too, my cost will be $27/m.
This water will be filtered and moved to the water tanks connected to the house as needed. The kitchen faucet has a Brita filter on it for filling the dogs' water. I will continue to buy bottled drinking water for me and my nephew. He prefers Arrowhead while I am content with the cheapest generic water. I rarely drink plain water, mainly I use it for cooking.
I am happy to have my water problem solved for the moment. I hope it won't spring a leak or anything. Now I need to get those other water tanks connected to the house. My bathroom plumbing is going slowly but I did buy the correct connector hose for the toilet. The one for the sink faucet was the wrong size so it is back to the store for an exchange and then on to the next project which is hooking up the water pump, water heater and water tanks. It is slow going but there is actual progress every week so someday it will be finished.