Saturday, November 17, 2012

Building a water storage tank

Today I'm looking back at the construction of a water storage tank.  It's now all done, and it's interesting to look at how it came together.  This tank is made from manufactured concrete block, using a method which I have several patents on.  I've posted several pictures below showing the construction steps.

This particular tank has an inside diameter of around 7 feet.  It holds around 3,000 gallons.  It is being used as a rainwater harvesting (rwh) tank.  I am using it as a plunging tank to cool off after you take a sauna, which I also built.  The tank has an electric light (LED's) at its bottom center.  There is a ladder which conforms to its spherical inner shape, for easy "in & out."

This tank was easy to build, and should last a very long time.  I hope to be using it to collect rainwater and as part of my wood-fired sauna experience for years to come.  If we assume concrete block cost $1 each, this tank cost me $175, which seems like a pretty good value.  Similar tanks for rainwater harvesting can have many uses: from potable water, to fire suppression systems, to watering crops, etc.  It has a hinged lid to keep insects out and to keep the water clean.  Rainwater is collected from the sauna roof, which is around 1,000 square feet.

I hurt myself (chainsaw accident!) while I was working on this, it took some time to heal.  The actual time to build this entire thing was very short though; less than a week.
The grey plastic pipe was used to run electric wire for the underwater light: thinking ahead.



This is the electric light I installed in the bottom center of the tank.  LED's.
The light installed.  It is over 8 feet down to the bottom.

This is the finished tank, with my puppy Bartleby investigating.

Here is the actual sauna room.



 Here's a shower I put in.  The building also has a toilet, sink, bedroom and upstairs deck (outside).

This was a fun project, and I can't wait to use it!



6 comments:

  1. Mr Roberts,

    Excellent work there. Really enjoying reading back through your posts. I'm a builder by trade and am starting construction of my own home next spring. Planning a few structural vaulted ceilings. There is a lot to digest here on your blog and as I dig in you will probably hear from me with some questions for clarification. Thank you for the information.

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    1. Hi Andy, Thanks for your comment. Please let me know if I can answer any questions.

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  3. Wow, this is one of the most unique water storage tanks I have ever seen! Your ingenuity is something to admire as well. I mean, storing the water from the sauna can save you huge sums of money. It’s also amazing that you’ve done this project without spending too much. Keep it up, Peter!

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