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Xandrew245x
Jun 4, 2017 6:54 PM CST
Hello, I started a garden on a plot of land that has no running water or electricity, so I need to bring water there to water it. My work has a 450 gallon water tank that they used to haul water and they said I could have it. However I am worried about it not being food grade plastic. Would it be safe to transport water to my garden, or should I buy a container made of food grade materials.
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ctcarol
Jun 4, 2017 7:08 PM CST
If it had ever contained pesticides, our rule of thumb was always Triple rinse. If you plan on irrigating the soil, and not spraying the leaves, that should be Ok. The soil should filter out any possible contaminates that would remain. It would depend on what the tank was used for before you get it.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 4, 2017 7:22 PM CST
Since you say that it's a "water tank," how has the tank been used in the past? Do you know what type of plastic it's made from?
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Xandrew245x
Jun 4, 2017 7:25 PM CST
The tank was bought new many years ago and was only ever used by us for water. I'm not sure what type of plastic it is. They recently bought a new one that is the exact same from tractor supply. It is one of the truck bed water tanks.
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porkpal
Jun 4, 2017 8:09 PM CST
It sounds to me as if it will be safe
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DaisyI
Jun 4, 2017 8:51 PM CST
Your garden hose is not food grade either. Have you ever worried about the water coming out of it? I think you are good to go. Smiling
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Name: stone
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stone
Jun 5, 2017 7:07 AM CST
What about rainwater harvesting?
I have barrels linked up next to the house and garden shed.
Saves on running the well pump, if I can water in the transplants with buckets of rainwater.
What conservation measures are you planning?
Bringing in all that water is going to get old, quick.
Enough soil amendments and mulch can reduce or eliminate the need to water.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Jun 5, 2017 7:36 AM CST
Are you really going to need supplemental water? People farm all over the country counting on rain water alone.
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Xandrew245x
Jun 5, 2017 9:13 AM CST
I thought about rain water harvest, but there are no structures there to to catch water off of. I guess I could set buckets out and let then fill up.

I really don't mind being water, I have a truck and would just leave the tank on there. I'm only worried about watering right now as I plant my crops. Once they have sprouted and started to grow as long as it's not really dry I'll let it up to the rain.
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Xandrew245x
Jun 5, 2017 12:47 PM CST
I actually forgot their is a creek running through the wooded area of the plot I'm growing on. I think im going to get a transfer pump and pump water from the creek.
I still would like storage there and would like to collect rain water.

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Shadegardener
Jun 5, 2017 12:58 PM CST
Xandrew - I saw a contraption a couple of years ago. A circle of flexible plastic that can be rolled into a funnel to stick in the top of containers to catch rain water. Here's something similar.
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Xandrew245x
Jun 5, 2017 1:03 PM CST
That's a really good idea Cindy. I think I may give that a try, I would like to use rain water as much as possible.

The storage tank I may use has a alot of green algae in it, any recommendations on cleaning it before I put it to use?
Name: stone
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stone
Jun 5, 2017 1:19 PM CST
Xandrew245x said:the storage tank I may use has a alot of green algae in it, any recommendations on cleaning it before I put it to use?


Bleach is pretty much state of the art.

Another possibility for water collecting is to dig a hole, and line it with a pool liner.

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