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    Potable water tank?

    Hi everyone,

    Where we live in NC, the power grid sucks and its a guarantee we lose power at least multiple times a year.....sometimes for multiple days. Sure, a generator can get things moving again but I want to have a backup for that.

    We are planning to overhaul our well soon and was curious if anyone has any experience with potable water tanks? Our well line penetrates through our basement wall and I was thinking about buying a tank to put down there. A pitcher pump in the kitchen above would be a short distance to pump. Any experience or ideas on this? I envision it would be plumbed in a manner where the line from the well goes through this potable tank before it fills the pressure tank? Also prob plumb in some copper to bypass the potable tank completely. Just thinking outloud here. Any advice/opinions/examples??

    BTW I saw the water storage tank thread by JoeDreamer but it looks like he wanted to keep his tank filled and isolated. I figured it might make more sense to keep the tank inline with the rest of the water system so it doesn't become stagnant.

    thanks in advance,

    Drew
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    What I have here is several Zilmet bladder tanks in series along with a 120 gallon galvanized tank. I also have an air maker system that keeps the galvanized tank aired to the recommended level. Then an air release in the side opening to keep the air at that leval. When we have hurricanes or long power outages, I can go for several days if we use the water sparingly. The only problem is the price of galvanized tanks these days.

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    Yes a storage tank in the basement with a non-electrical pump would be a good backup for SHTF or a long Hurricane outage, a pitcher pump will suck just fine it doesn't have to be over the tank.

    Rancher

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    Hey guys,

    Appreciate the advice.

    I guess a big question is whether to deadhead the tank or to keep it inline with the main water source. SpeedBump sounds like his is inline and before the pressure tank???

    By deadheading it, the water could go bad unless you circulated it. Alternatively, if it's inline, you would need to have a tank that could be pressurized OR a vented tank with a pusher pump OR a vented tank with another submersible.

    How about plastic vs steel tanks?

    Happy to hear opinions, ideas, or whatever.

    thanks,

    Drew

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    Clean water doesn't go bad, keep it covered, so you plan on pressurizing several tanks in series (or parallel) and drawing from them... hard to do and also use a pitcher pump.

    You can do what I do which is pump from the well to a tank, then pressurize to a bladder tank. That way you can draw out of the bottom of the storage tank to a pitcher pump if the power goes out.

    I use plastic, you can sometimes find tanks on Craigs list.

    Rancher

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    My galvanized tank is first in line. That allows it to catch the air before the water goes into the bladder tanks. I only use one pump, the submersible.

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