Originally Posted By Windwarrior:
Originally Posted By Badfish25:
The nice thing about hooking up a storage tank inline with your water system is that the water will rotate itself, and should chlorinate itself. I would have no problems drinking my city water as I have tested it for the proper chlorine content. Also there is no need to mess with siphoning as the air charge will allow you to just open a faucet to fill up you glass.
As far as the psi goes, most plumbing codes limit your house psi to 80psi. The bladder in these storage tanks are designed to work with a 20 pound differential. IE if your water is at 60psi, you will want to set the air charge no less than 42psi. Any more than a 20 pound differential will put a lot of strain on the rubber bladder.
These type tanks obviously cost more than other way of storing water, but if your looking for a low Maintenance way to store some extra potable water it is hard to beat.
So the tanks you have shown above if installed properly would allow all my faucets to work as normal even if the water supply is interrupted? The air pressure in the tank pushes the water through the system even from a basement? Sorry if I am going over something that has been gone over before but this is a bit new to me.
To those who have asked... of course I will back this up with something. Probably two other somethings!
ETA... Is a pressure tank with a bladder the only way to do this or is there some other kind of tank that could still be hooked up to the plumbing so that water refreshes constantly... I would be OK drawing the water from a tap at the bottom of an elevated tank... just want it to be self refilling after a crisis!
Wind, you are likely going to be disappointed. The pressure from a bladder tank will fall off in proportion to the water you use.
The bladder tanks don't have that much capacity for the complexity and expense.
IMHO you are better off with a small low power-drain pump like an RV pump, and some inexpensive barrels for storage. Where I'm sitting there are 2 RV pumps, one feeding from the solar tank [search for the topic] that pumps water to a small propane shower heater [$175, ebay] and provides pressurized water for a mod'ed air gun to rinse the toilet bowl. The dynamics of the plumbing make it work like a water MG, pow, pow, pow in rapid fire succession and the crap int the RV toilet doesn't stand a chance.
The other pump feeds from a 40 gallon water tank and its output is buffered by a small bladder tank [hot water expansion tank] and the water passes thru a carbon block filter in a standard 10" housing then to a ceramic candle in a 10" housing and up to the sink and a RO filter from which I'm sipping some product now. [see the RO topic, it was bumped today]
We incorporate a filter for our potable water so we aren't wasting time and water refilling periodically like most who store modest qty's of water and won't take the time or refuse to learn a better way.