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Old 12-29-2017, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Geauga County, Ohio
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We're in Geauga county. Not in the city of Cleveland.
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Old 12-29-2017, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Geauga County, Ohio
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If OP's family is in Cleveland Ohio then they're okay to harvest rainwater.


State by state rainwater harvesting regulations: State Rainwater Harvesting Laws and Legislation


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From what I've seen it's mostly drier areas (out West) where it's more regulated.


We often get enough rain, but sometimes we will get a very dry month or so where we need to water.
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Old 12-29-2017, 08:37 PM
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most of the Big Island uses rainwater catchment as their household water.
https://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/oc/freepubs/pdf/rm-12.pdf is the bible for catchment here, should have some useful tips even for Ohio.

I know rainwater saving used to be illegal in California, but I understand the laws have changed. Have no idea about Ohio.

Our household tank holds 10,000 gallons. It overflows into a 2500 gallon tank we use for greenhouse and garden water. We have tilapia in that tank to pre-fertilize the water and eat mosquito larva. (that tank overflows into a pond with goldfish, which overflows into a low area...)

our property is sloped, and the greenhouse is somewhat lower than the tank, so we use a siphon hose--a regular garden hose down to the greenhouse, attached to those spongy commercial soaker hoses. The water pressure is low (and we have lots of water, 170" a year), so we leave the soaker hoses on all the time. Of course, hoses might freeze in Ohio.

filters:
1) house tank: a 1-gallon paint filter is strapped to the pipe that brings water in from the gutters. That catches leaves and solids that get in the gutters. I change it out once a month, wash the old and reuse later.
We have additional sediment filters, and a UV system as well.
2) garden tank: I zip-tied a bundle of nylon net to the intake end of the siphon hose. That keeps muck from clogging the hoses.
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Old 12-31-2017, 09:26 AM
 
Location: peace valley
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Tank height has everything to do with pressure. 2.31'= 1lb of pressure. and it doesn't matter if the tanks footprint is 1' diameter or 50' diameter. Your going to need a pump to move water around.
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Geauga County, Ohio
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So those cheap Harbor Freight pumps can work? My husband shops there all the time.
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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From what I've seen it's mostly drier areas (out West) where it's more regulated.


We often get enough rain, but sometimes we will get a very dry month or so where we need to water.
So dryer months in Ohio would likely be July and August...why would you need to worry about frozen water in the winter? Easier to empty out any unused at the end of the season and then use springtime rains to replenish?
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Geauga County, Ohio
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So dryer months in Ohio would likely be July and August...why would you need to worry about frozen water in the winter? Easier to empty out any unused at the end of the season and then use springtime rains to replenish?
We've had a couple dry springs recently, where it wouldn't have filled up much.
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Old 01-02-2018, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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So those cheap Harbor Freight pumps can work? My husband shops there all the time.
LOL! They better. I use HF pumps to pump water from my creek. The shallow well pumps work fine for irrigation. You do want to add a check valve to the incoming line from your tank. Expect the little pressure tank to rust out after about three years. You can either replace that with a better one or just by a new pump and tank set.
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