Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Tanks for nothin'

Swimming pools demand bigger water tanks, especially in our long dry springs.  Unless of course you want to be single-handedly responsible for the emptying of Lake Wivenhoe.  Fortunately squandering Brisbane's safe drinking water didn't make it to my parent's bucket list so they installed three large water tanks to top up their pool over the dry spell each year.  This more or less made their little tanks superfluous so when they had their outside paving done they were set aside for someone else's rainy day.

The garage at our new place stands alone from the rest of the house meaning no water or power nearby so I've been making the trek from the house to the shed with buckets of tap water to keep the seedlings from turning into crispy flakes.  Thankfully I won't have to do this much longer - those spare tanks from mum and dad's wound their way here soon after we moved and have been sitting patiently next to the shed waiting for the plumber to install them and for some of that wet stuff to fall from the sky (and no I don't mean lorikeet poo, although it is in greater abundance than raindrops at the moment).

By some stroke of luck and good timing both the plumber and the rain came yesterday and even better they came in that same order.  The pipe was still dripping this morning and there's about an inch or two of water in the bottom judging by the knuckle test - possibly even enough to reach the taps.


  1. You are the only other blogger we know that posts water in tank photos lol. The last one we posted was when the tank finally overflowed, after a long drought. We don't understand why the rest of the world doesn't appreciate that water in a tank is the bestest ever photo :)

    1. Lol - a mutual watertank nerd :P. It rained the night after we installed our first ever rainwater tank at our last place and I must have listened to it and watched it for at least half an hour. Even with the dam I'm still excited about getting some water in the tank because it means I don't have to use fuel to pump the water uphill. Unfortunately the rain we got this time wasn't enough to reach the taps so still have to lug those buckets. Instead I had to satisfy myself with cleaning out the gutters to make sure every possible precious drop gets in there. No doubt they will overflow next time it rains - you know how it goes

    2. LOLOL ... "a mutual watertank nerd". Great expression - we look forward to the overflow photos lol. But seriously, water is so tight at the moment. Our poor veggie patch just looks dreadful.

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