Need Design Parameters for Above Ground Water Storage : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

I have a fair supply of 55gal Drums for drinking water but I would like to design an inexpensive storage pond for cleaning, washing, crop water. I was at the hardware store the other day and saw a pond made from a cinder block exterior and a black plastic liner. How big can such a stucture be made? How high (2-3) can the blocks be stacked? Is there a better frame (Wood?) that can be used? I would like to store 900- 1000 gal or 10*6*2(is this calculation correct 7.5 gal/cf). Are their any very big Kiddie pools that someone can recomend?

Thanks in advance!

-- helium (, March 20, 1999


Dig a hole. Buy a liner for a goldfish pond. They come in many sizes. You now have water storage.

-- SCOTTY (, March 20, 1999.

Not a problem that I have. I have a 3.5 a pond [16ft at dam]. I don't know where you live. If you are near a cattle growing area you can get stock systems [some quite large and some concrete] which will do what you want to do. If you are in a city, I don't kn

-- Z1X4Y7 (, March 20, 1999.

If it freezes in your area, it may burst an above ground structure.

-- Watchful (, March 20, 1999.

Design needed for South Bay SF area, no hard frezze, no stream Just large flat lot...(no FarmSupply stores till I get to Gilroy, 40m south)

-- helium (, March 20, 1999.


Here, 40m is not a third of the way to the next town. It is within delivery distance

-- Z1X4Y7 (, March 20, 1999.

Get a Doughboy pool. Look in the classifieds, sometimes people give them away. I have a couple kiddy pools that I got last year at K-Mart on closeout, glad I got them then because I think everyone will have the same idea come this summer. Another source you might consider is a new fiberglass septic tank, some hold 1,000 gallons. There's also cement septic tanks that hold the same amount. You could easily dig a hole and store one and attach a hose from your rain gutters to it for water collection or fill it now and treat with chlorine. You won't have to worry about someone putting bullet holes through your plastic or metal 55 gallon drums. Just a thought....

-- bardou (, March 20, 1999.

If you want something HUGE, check out this summer's Sears catalog (the one with swimming pools, etc. in it). Sears carries an inflatable, 12' by 12' swimming pool that holds either 300 or 600 gallons (can't remember). Be sure to buy the electric pump and blow it up before y2k! Seems to me the cost was about $130. I got in on sale.

You can also get a mesh cover for this pool that keeps the leaves out.


-- FM (, March 21, 1999.

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