Anyone have experience with cisterns?
I'm not really what you would call a homesteader, but could become one without much encouragement, lol. I grow vegetables, my husband loves to hunt deer and wild hogs for food, we both fish as often as we can, but property taxes and other expenses keep us in the rat race. Anyway, I am a water conservation nut (just my personal opinion, not an activist-type). We have a great well that goes about 320 ft or so and have never had problems with any water supply, but I absolutely hate to see water wasted. We are going to build a large (to me) barn that will be approx 3000 square feet, and I am interested in collecting run-off water into some kind of cistern to use for irrigation purposes in the garden. It's not a huge garden, but when I water during the summer, I really feel like I'm wasting perfectly potable water, when gray or run-off would do just fine. Does anyone here have any experience with this type of system that they would discuss? Please understand that I have very little basic knowledge on this. Would an above ground cistern be the way to go, or is below ground a better option because of the large storage areas you can get that way? How is water pumped from a below-ground cistern to use for irrigation?
Thanks, Mrs H