I've had my system charged now for 16 months. I use the rain water to feed a black 40 gallon horse trough . Which 9 goldfish are happily swimming in a thick pea soup of algae. This fish tank I call " Lake Slappy ". This water I use in my greenhouse. My greenhouse uses zero water from the city.
One thing I wanted to with this project is spread the word here in Lubbock, Texas. Having had some time under my belt , and continued reading. I'd like to begin holding water harvesting classes. The purpose of these classes is for the home owner, or small business to spend a few hours learning about how to do it, and leaving with a diverter that will handle the type of rain we have here in Lubbock. Because there are so many ways to store water , and each owner will have to make their choices for their goals. The class won't just sell you a 55 gallon drum and send you home.
Since I worked out this PVC fitting system , I have been able to change the original design to make it a better filter of the sediments we seem to have so much of.
So, after not using this site for 15 months, I have decided to activate it for this class , sort of the chalkboard, and list of resources for the students .