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Getting a water cistern into a not-into-that-stuff area ( mississippi)

 
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Hi, I'm trying to become resilient, not sure where to go to aquire my cistern. I don't know how to make them, I don't know if buying them online is a good idea, I was hoping that someone familiar with either the business of cisterns or at least someone familiar with the process of making them could direct me as to how I can best aquire one.
 
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Youtube lol



 
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I impounded many thousands of gallons of water on my old Georgia homestead, all for the price of a few pieces of heavy builders' plastic from Home Depot/Lowe's. The basic idea is to make a big basket. One time I made a ring of metal pipes driven into the ground and wove peeled saplings between them....which was tedious and didn't last very long; and then the later 4 cisterns I made with metal farm stakes and field fence or chain link or whatever I could scrounge. Put the fence on the inside of the stakes and wire it well to them. Put some stout wire or cable around the outside of the tops of the stakes. Then make what the permaculture literature calls a "carpet sandwich" inside the basket.....basically overlapping pieces of scrap carpet, then the piece of new plastic, and then more carpet on the inside, weighted down and tied to the stakes/fence along the top so it doesn't float around. Silt fence, old tarps, fabrics, etc. can be used instead.....the point is to protect the plastic from punctures and sunlight. These cisterns were quick to put up (a few days), dirt cheap, and lasted at least five years. Rig a siphon system to get the water out since you don't want to puncture the plastic layer.....
 
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Premade tanks are painfully expensive, so definitely look into the various homemade versions, unless you don't have the time and energy to make your own.

https://poly-mart.com/mississippi-water-storage-tanks/
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