Mineral Bottle Keeps Pool Filled for Over 2 1/2 Years


In February 2016 I posted about using a 2 Litre mineral bottle to top up our above-ground pool. It has continued to do so to date. At the moment, the level is a bit low and we are eagerly awaiting the next rainstorm due in a day or so. The original bottle is still in service. The only modifications added were using Pratley Putty to fasten the hose coupler to the neck, and a clamp to go round the downpipe. The spares I made are still languishing in a cupboard.

Refinements added are that the hose is now buried and permanently attached, and that another hose has been fitted running to a drain at a lower level. I ‘plug this in’ as soon as I see the pool overflowing so that ground around the pool does not become undermined.

Even now that the major panic regarding drought and dam levels has abated, it makes sense to save resources and money in this way. I have calculated that if we were lucky enough to have a fair-sized swimming pool the amount collected would have kept that filled in the same way. In fact, for a while I helped top up the very large pool of the next-door neighbours using our system.

© September 2018 Colonialist
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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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19 Responses to Mineral Bottle Keeps Pool Filled for Over 2 1/2 Years

  1. Debra says:

    This is so impressive! Some of us see very little (to almost no) rain. We sure do need to conserve every drop possible!

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  2. You’re not just a pretty face are you Col? 😈

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  3. disperser says:

    . . . you seem to have a relationship with the bottle . . .
    . . . in time of need, you rely on the bottle . . .
    . . . you believe some problems can be solved with the bottle . . .

    Don’t put any of that in your resume or bio.

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  4. Arkenaten says:

    This is an excellent DIY job. Thought so when you first presented it. Have you an estimate of how much water your system collects?

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    • colonialist says:

      I think that in a good rainy spell over a few days it must collect 3000 litres or more. And that is using only half the available roof space. I need about 1500 – 2000 litres to fill it up at present.

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      • Arkenaten says:

        Wow, that is seriously impressive! And all that from channeling rain water into one bottle?
        I may well have a go at this and try and rig a similar apparatus before the rainy season gets here.

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        • colonialist says:

          One drainpipe; one bottle; and often the downpipe fills up completely and the gutter overflows. I really need to replace the hose with a pipe of the same diameter as the downpipe, and may still do that!

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          • Arkenaten says:

            I was wondering about the overflow. When the Highveld storms hit some gutters at our spot always overflow. The ones around the patio for example. It gets like a waterfall on occasion!
            We do have a borehole that gives an excellent yield/rate but I’d still like to have a go at your design, just to see if I could get it to work.
            I have some P & D work coming up – Ems is in gleeful anticipation of me going up a ladder again, as anything might happen , and the gutters will need a thorough clean before summer really kicks in, so even if I run just pipe through to a barrel as a try out.
            We’ll see …

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            • colonialist says:

              I think you need to plan for the sheer volume that gets chucked at you in that part of the world. I know to my cost that unplugging the system because of overflow is not a pleasant task — for some reason the rain is always pelting down just then! 🙂

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  5. Tooty Nolan says:

    For a creative person, you are also very practical. A rare beast indeed.

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