Repurposing the Repurposed Stormwater System back to its Original Purpose

One hidden benefit of using stormwater pipes for your dust extraction system is that you can reuse it for other tasks, such as stormwater!

With the upgrade of the dust system recently, I have a bit of left-over stormwater pipes. Now with the acquisition of a new pool for the little one (well that is my excuse, and I’m sticking to it!), I need to fill it.  Under the current water restriction relaxation, I could apply for a permit to use mains water.  Or buy a load (costing anywhere between $250 and $600 depending on your supplier).

Or I could just use rainwater.

So by diverting some of the downpipes to the pool, I’m hoping to make a bit of a splash 🙂  With the reported weather for tonight, and the next few days I had some motivation to rig up the temporary run.  Unfortunately, looking at the rain map it managed to miss us altogether….at least this time.

Disconnected the original downpipe – this one collects from the 1/4 the main roof, and 1/2 the 9m carport – a fair amount of water passes through this junction.

With a bit of license, some duct tape, and some flexible dust extraction hose, and a couple of ladders as supports, I was able to get the downpipe to the edge of the pool….just.

So here’s hoping for a downpour! Rather keen to see if it will work (and more importantly, if my joints will hold!

And in the background, I have the pallet tank taking a feed from the shed roof too.

Update: We have finally been receiving a little rain – hardly classifies as rain – you’d have to run around to get wet, yet after about 90 minutes or so there is already 6″ in the pool.  Very cool 🙂

9 Responses

  1. Stu,

    I got soaked walking home from work tonight. That should arrive over your way tomorrow!


  2. Good work Stu.

    Lovely rain we are having here….. your pool should be half full by now, if not will be by end of day.

  3. been thinkin
    with no inspirational frige in the shed,
    you could set up a gravity driven supply system for your beers

  4. Did it work?! Pics!!

    • Certainly working, but all the decent rain keeps missing us! Have captured about 1.5 tonnes of water so far – 10 tonnes to go. If we get an impressive rain, I’ll brave it for a photo.

  5. Sooo?????

  6. Gday stu if you got the same rain as we did today the pool should be full

    • It is doing well – about 3/4 full with around 4000 litres to go. Doubled the amount in the pool in the day. Wish I had been home to see it!

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