reply to post by yankeerose
Your Most Welcome Rose!
On the generator-
I dont know your situation, with neighbors and such, but generators are very LOUD, I can smell one TWO miles away ( especially at night ), and you
have a Fuel and Oil issue.
The solar setup will be about TWICE the cost of a Generator, if you shop it and dont panic buy. But, its SILENT, requires NO FUEL, and can run other
things as well. Also it will last 30 years, excluding the batteries.
Definately, if you immediately find a Generator, that will run your pump, for under 500.00, (NEW) go for it! Use STA-BIL in your fuel, or it wont
last 6 months with this Ethanol Blend we have now. Also Figure 20.00 per 5 gallon can full of gas, and thats about 5 days worth of fuel 'used
sparingly'. The cans are about 15.00 each, and Must be stored VERY Safely.
You could convert it to Propane for about another 400.00, IF it has a CAST IRON SLEEVE inside the Cylinder walls. You may already have a Large 1000
Lb. Propane tank for your home now, but keep in mind that FUEL is hard to replace NOW... Much Less in SIT-X.
When you do the math, and I'm assuming you own this property, and your not moving in the next 5 years, I would go the Solar Panel route, and get USED
batteries. The Inverter will be about 300 to 500 dollars, depending on the brand. ( 3000 Watts RUN 6000 watts SURGE or START capacity ).
The batteries will be 30 to 50 each, about 50-70 in wiring, 50 for a charge controller, 150 for the Solar Panel, and 100 for Misc. fuses, switches and
You can ALWAYS ADD batteries, larger or more panels and WIND Power to this system, and Increase your run time.
On the Cisteren,
Go to Wal Mart. Buy a 100 lb. Drum of Calcium Hypochlorite ( Pool SHOCK ) its cheaper to buy in bulk, and you will ALWAYS use it. 120 to 140
Fill the cistern with your well water. I dont know if you can BRUSH it with a POOL POLE and a Brush from the top. If you can, brush it all and stir it
up well, then pump that water OUT with a Sump pump that will accept large debris.
Fill it back up again all the way to the Tippy Top.
Add a Minimum of 25 Lbs POOL SHOCK ( calcium hypochlorite 65 to 75 % strength ). Brush it again, and stir it up really well. You can leave the sump
pump in there, and turn it on, putting the Chlorinated Water BACK into the cistern to circulate it.
I would leave it in there for 2 days or even 3. FULL.
Then pump all this water back out somewhere SAFE.. NOT the SEPTIC system, NOT the Garden. If you have 'City Sewer' service, that is perfect.
The chlorine will kill grass and plants, so that part is up to you as to where it goes. It will interfere with the septic bacteria, so dont do
There is probably a sewer cleanout around your house somewhere by the foundation, and this is perfect if you are on City Sewer.
Your Cistern in now sanitized as good as you can get it. Some bacteria are Not killed by chlorine, so you are correct in knowing that you will still
have to filter this water, especially after it runs off the roof ( Bird poo, Pollution, Racoon and Rat droppings ) Even if your rain catchment system
flushes the first few gallons to "waste" to "rinse off " the roof, its simply not good enough to drink. Great for the garden and flushing the
facilities, general washing, and even laundry. I would not use it for dishes, or cooking / drinking without purifying it.
Once again, The First Need is what you want then.
Dont forget, if you have any advance warning, fill that cistern with the garden hose from your well. Dont wait on the rain.
You can also go larger scale on the filters, to do the entire house, but power is required to have "water pressure" to operate them.
The two 'First Needs' I Listed earlier are both hand pumped.