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Above Ground Pool As Rainwater Cistern?

 
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Has anyone used a covered above ground pool as cistern for potable water cistern? Are there any issues with doing so? If so, how can the issues be mitigated?
 
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If you are talking about those plastic pools, I think the biggest concern would be long term exposure to sunlight.

A tarp over it (draining rain into it, obviously) and straw bales around it could extend its life by several years.

 
                                        
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Earthships design use cisterns above ground with walls of tyres. Lots of information available.
 
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Above ground pools seem to last just fine. I'm not sure why straw bales around them would be needed. They have metal frames. You're thinking the frame wouldn't give out? So far, above ground pools seem to be the cheapest way to store thousands of gallons of water. Of course, I could dig a big hole in the ground and line it. That would be lot of work to make a hole large enough to store what I'm going for (a 3-6 month supply).
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