Total Water Recycling

Another trip to the hardware store, and a few minor mishaps with PVC glue, later and we had the pump (with a nice new cord courtesy of Noel) connected to the tank. So we attached a hose to the top outlet of the pump and gave it a whirl.

Pump attached to tank

And it worked!

Water from the tank, to the pump, and back to the tank again

Noel got a little excited with the hose, there, but it had been a long day.

Sump water coming out of the pump

We cycled the water through the hose for a while and then decided to try attaching it to the irrigation system via the hose connection currently on there. And that worked, too, so here you have it, the very first complete cycle of water through the system, from groundwater to the sump to the water tank and back out to the ground again.

Sump water in the sprinklers

Now to deal with the fact that we have over 1200 gallons of water coming into this tank every day, so it will be completely full to overflowing in the middle of the night. I see some late-night lawn watering in my future.

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posted by ayse on 03/22/08