Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Rainwater, recaptured

One of the regular maintenance routines to the manure system in the barns is to give them a good flush with water periodically, especially if the weather has been very dry. This water buffalo tank takes a while to fill from one of our streams or with a garden hose. Could there be
a better way?

Yes! We have had gutters installed on one of the barns to feed into this tank, which can be piped from the bottom to the nearest manure outlet (all manure flows into our pit, which is spread twice a year). During the last storm, the tank was halfway full. This manner of passive water collection will save the farm a lot of labor, time and fuel.