I posted this on another forum so I appologize to those who read this twice.
I live in an area that the water is very inconsistent. I deceided to get RO
so I could have stable water. I hooked up my RO
unit in my garage because that was the only place I had space. I intend to use straight RO
mixed with R/O-Right for my tank. My RO
is approximately 15-20ft from my tank.
I was brainstorming about a future project(s) and I wanted to get some feed back on them to see if you think they are feasible and to get any ideas or suggestions you may have.
Project 1 - Tank filling
Put a small tank/holding container in the garage
hook up a float switch from the RO
unit to the container
hook up a pump to the container capable of pumping water directly in to the main tank
run a pipe from the pump to the tank (my tank is on an exterior wall with a crawl space underneath so plumbing this should be relatively simple)
put a heater in the container
prepare the water with R/O Right & heat to main tank temp
gravel vac the main tank
flip a switch that would start the pump
I am not looking at wanting to create a fully automated water change system but just something that would make things easier.
Project 2 - Tank cleaning / water the plants (I like this idea but I'm not sure about this one)
Place a rubbermaid container/garbage can outside right on the other side of tank
Plumb a pipe from behind the tank to the container outside
Figure out a way to siphon from gravel vac in to the pipe filing the container outside
connect some kind of pump to the container outside
install a drip irrgation system that originates from the pump and waters my yard/plants
connect a second line from a nearby faucet to the drip irrigation
it would be really cool if I could automate this system to turn on the pump and water at a preset time and if the container was empty to pull the water from the faucet and turn off the pump (I was thinking float switch & solenoid or something like that).
I have no power along that wall outside so if anyone has any creative ideas to get around this issue. I was figuring push come to shove it could come through the wall from inside.
Sorry for the long winded post but once my brain gets going.......