Rainwater harvesting project - next steps

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Re: Rainwater harvesting project - next steps

Post: #265411 Skippy
Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:13 am

Solar pumps I would tend to agree with you and the report unless they are really good solar panels on them I can see their lifespan won't be great at all a bit like those cheap solar garden lights , which as you say negates any sort of saving.
That said , from a financial point at least, with the average saving from fitting a meter being something like £50 a year there must be scope. As I said a wind powered pump would be purely mechanical and use simple pipes or small buckets on a loop and could surely be built for £50 -£100 and payback after two years. Think of the windmills built by the Dutch that pumped water for years and years , can't we build something like that only smaller that will last more than a couple of years or are we so reliant on cheap Chinese crap that falls apart as soon as it's taken out of the box?


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Re: Rainwater harvesting project - next steps

Post: #265433 Thomzo
Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:04 pm

Skippy wrote: or are we so reliant on cheap Chinese crap that falls apart as soon as it's taken out of the box
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Agreed - perhaps that's my next project.

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Re: Rainwater harvesting project - next steps

Post: #265484 KathyLauren
Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:11 pm

Skippy wrote:As I said a wind powered pump would be purely mechanical and use simple pipes or small buckets on a loop and could surely be built for £50 -£100 and payback after two years. Think of the windmills built by the Dutch that pumped water for years and years , can't we build something like that only smaller that will last more than a couple of years

There used to be thousands of these all across the prairies on this side of the pond. They are considered scrap metal these days. Someone could probably refurbish them and re-sell them. They were built to last.
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