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Growing => Growing in Greenhouses & Polytunnels => Topic started by: easy rider on May 10, 2021, 12:57

Title: Getting water out of my tanks and butts...
Post by: easy rider on May 10, 2021, 12:57
Iíve just finished a 14m x 4 m Pollytunnel. I have a 1000litre IBC and 8x 210litre butts located around various out buildings.

Currently due the dry spell I have been using my hose with spray gun attached to a tap. But the last week of rain means all my butts are full and the IBC tank too.

If I want to continue using my hose and spray gun but use this water from the IBC and Butts what the best solution?

I donít want to be really waiting around filling  watering cans etc...I just want a way of getting the water out under pressure so I can use my spray gun and hose.

Iíve connected the hose directly to the IBC and butts but the pressure wasnít enough for my spray gun...no water came out....

any ideas? I want to use my tap as least as possible....My car port filled 3 x 210litre butts in a week...
Title: Re: Getting water out of my tanks and butts...
Post by: Growster... on May 10, 2021, 13:56
If the IBC is higher than the plants then a simple syphon works, but not at a spray pressure.

As for filling cans, we use a large plastic crate, placed under the tap of the IBC, and then keep dipping the can while the tap is running and refills it. It saves time and bending too much, and seems to work for us oldies!
Title: Re: Getting water out of my tanks and butts...
Post by: easy rider on May 10, 2021, 15:33
If the IBC is higher than the plants then a simple syphon works, but not at a spray pressure.

As for filling cans, we use a large plastic crate, placed under the tap of the IBC, and then keep dipping the can while the tap is running and refills it. It saves time and bending too much, and seems to work for us oldies!

IBC is 20 metres away....so I need a more long term solution to get the water to the tunnel.
Title: Re: Getting water out of my tanks and butts...
Post by: snowdrops on May 10, 2021, 21:38
Iím interested in doing just this thing in my new 14ft x 25ft tunnel. Apparently you can get a self watering system that operates from a water butt but I donít know where you get it as yet.
Title: Re: Getting water out of my tanks and butts...
Post by: wighty on May 11, 2021, 20:56
We have a pump that we got from Draper Tools that we can put in a water tank and then it pumps out water.  It does need an electric supply though,  we use it to water the garden from our water butts and refill the pond if needed.
Title: Re: Getting water out of my tanks and butts...
Post by: grinling on May 11, 2021, 21:27
You could put the hose in the watering can and walk around watering whilst it refills.
Or have a water butt raised in the polytunnel and fill that and use a hose with holes in to drip feed around the plants.
Title: Re: Getting water out of my tanks and butts...
Post by: Alank on May 12, 2021, 21:18
I would use a 12 volt water pump if you don't have access to mains electricity they are cheep to buy and work off any 12v battery.
What i am buying soon is a cordless pressure washer with a watering attachment to enable me to water the raised beds without having to fill numerous watering cans.
Title: Re: Getting water out of my tanks and butts...
Post by: JayG on May 21, 2021, 16:23
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Title: Re: Getting water out of my tanks and butts...
Post by: rowlandwells on May 22, 2021, 17:36
we use a submersible pump it pumps the water all round the garden poly tunnel greenhouses the only downside is if it doesn't rain then we soon run out of water in the butts I was thinking about sinking a water tank under ground one of our friends put a tank under the ground and has plenty of water all summer but of cause there's a cost for installing this type of water tank with a submersible pump  ;)