Thursday, April 28, 2011

Watering Restrictions? Laugh At Them!

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This little carport outside San Antonio, TX allows for the harvesting of over 3,000 gallons of sweet, pure rainwater.
While other gardeners are losing crops due to severe watering restrictions in the area, this raised bed farmer has no such concerns. She's got all the water she needs thanks to her simple, inexpensive rain harvesting system.
Learn everything there is to know about collection rain water here at Rain Tank Depot.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rainwater Competes with Bottled Water


On Saturday, February 26, more than one hundred bottled waters from around the globe will compete at the award-winning Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition. Held in the historic spa town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, it is the largest water tasting competition in the world.read more

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Rain Harvesting Expo & Workshop

Join Us to learn all aspects of Rainwater Collection & Harvesting.
Programs will cover everything from simple rain barrels to complete, complex systems.
All your questions answered by certified rainwater collection pros. Huge discounts and a free gift for all attendees.
The event is slated for Saturday, February 5th 2011 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Tank Depot in San Antonio. Tank Depot is located at 2620 SE Loop 410 (that's the Rigsby exit) in San Antonio, TX. You can call (210) 648-3866 for directions.
Special appearances are scheduled by rain harvesting stars and ARCSA (American Rain Catchment Systems Association) Certified experts such as:
Joe Wheeler • Rain Filters of Texas
Dick Peterson • Environmental Consultant and Rain Harvesting Expert
Esequiel Flores • Garden Irrigation Workshops
Tamarah Sunday • Rainwater Resources
Wade Kolb • Hydro Catchment Systems
For more info, visit RainHarvestingExpo.com

Hunt Camps Rely on Tank Depot















Hunt camps across Texas and the rest of the U.S. rely on Tank Depot to supply affordable solutions for their water storage dilemma.
Savvy outdoorsmen know from experience that Tank Depot delivers storage tanks for potable water at prices lower than any outlet in the nation.
In addition to providing high quality tanks at the guaranteed lowest prices, the water storage pros at Tank Depot are experts at arranging for delivery of large tanks to locations that are often remote and difficult to reach. In fact, they have even facilitated deliveries via water!
Here is a 2,500 gallon water tank being floated to a remote camp in southwestern Louisiana.
Check out TexasHuntFish.com for more info.


Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Green New Year's Resolution

Water is a valuable resource and every effort should be made to conserve and protect it. A common New Year’s resolution is to be green or environmentally friendly.

This year, Tank Depot urges everyone to make a resolution that relates to water. After all, we can’t live without it.

In the landscape, water can be conserved and protected through the use of many best management practices, from selecting native plants with drought tolerance to improving soils with organic matter, using mulch correctly, applying fertilizers and pesticides wisely, monitoring irrigation systems to be sure they are uniform and to avoid over-watering.

Another way to have an even greater impact on water is rainwater harvesting. Recycling has long been a green resolution. While recycling rain is not new, the trend of capturing and reusing rain has returned and is gaining popularity. Make rainwater harvesting around your home and landscape a New Year’s resolution.

Rainwater harvesting captures rainwater to infiltrate into soil or to temporarily store for later use. Rainwater may be immediately available to plants when diverted to a rain or bio-retention garden or collected in rain barrels, cisterns or other storage units for later use.

Interest in rainwater harvesting is increasing for water conservation and stormwater reduction, particularly in urban areas. When rain falls on impervious rooftops, parking lots, streets, sidewalks and compacted soils, it runs off into storm drains, streams and rivers instead of soaking into soil.

Stormwater run-off leads to flooding, streambank erosion and pollutants being carried to surface water. As stormwater runs over surfaces like roof-tops, parking lots, lawns and other land, it picks up pollutants in its path and carries these via storm drains to surface water.

Treating rainwater as a waste product to be gotten rid of as quickly as possible also represents a lost opportunity to efficiently use a valuable resource. Why not harvest some rain and make use of it in the landscape?

While reclaimed rainwater can be used for non-potable indoor uses, and even drinking water after correct treatment, the easiest way to use harvested rainwater is in the landscape.

The benefits of rainwater harvesting include reduced amounts of stormwater and pollutants leaving a, the internet's best source for rain collection information.

We've have talked about rain gardens in this column before. This year, make a New Year’s resolution to harvest the rain and help conserve and protect this valuable resource.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cleaning Your RV Tanks

Typically, there are three holding tanks in an RV. "Black water" tanks hold waste from the toilet. Water from the kitchen sink, bathroom sink and shower drain into the "gray water" tank. "White water" tanks hold fresh water that's safe for drinking. Tanks need to be kept clean to prevent buildup and unpleasant odors. The basic cleaning principles are the same for all RVs. Read your user's manual for procedures unique to your RV.
Follow these simple steps for clean tanks;
1

Sanitize the white water tank by draining it and then filling it halfway. Add 1/4 cup household bleach for every 15 gallons of capacity in your tank. Run cold water through all of the faucets and then run hot water to get the bleach into the hot water tank.

2

Let the water stand for six hours and then drain the system. Add 1/4 cup baking soda to a gallon of water and pour it into the white-water tank. Fill the tank and then open all the faucets to remove any traces of bleach. Drain the tank and then fill with fresh water.

3

Allow the black water tank to fill two-thirds full to prevent solids from accumulating under the toilet. Follow your RV manufacturer's instructions for emptying the black water tank at a campground or truck stop dump station.

4

Purchase a rinse wand. The wand attaches to a hose and enters the black water tank through the toilet. Clean water rinses the tank as it is flushed through the wand, preventing waste from building up on the bottom of the tank.

5

Treat the black water tank with a holding tank solution added to enough water to cover the bottom of the tank. After adding the solution, use your tank as you normally would.

6

Use the gray water tank to help clean out the drain hose when emptying the black water tank. Close the water valve the evening before you break camp. In the morning, empty the black water tank first, then the gray water tank. The gray water will clean out the drain hose.

7

Leave the valves on the gray water tank open when the RV is attached to a sewer system. Gray water tanks don't usually need treatment, but if they begin to stink, use the same chemical solution in the gray water tank that you use in the black water tank.

When it is time to replace a tank, be sure to visit Tank Depot. Tank-Depot.com is the world's largest supplier of marine and RV holding and water tanks.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Liquid Nitrogen Storage

Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium are essential for food production. Liquid Nitrogen is one of the easiest ways to apply nitrogen to your crops. If past trends hold true, as oil prices rise so will liquid nitrogen. Also, Norwesco has announced a price increase effective January 17, 2011. In order to protect yourself from price increases, we suggest stocking up on liquid nitrogen now. Norwesco poly tanks are ideal for many types of liquid storage including fertilizer, potable water, and even wine! Call Tank Depot to learn about pre-ordering tanks before the price increase.

Norwesco tanks are manufactured using resins that meet FDA specifications to ensure safe storage of potable water, and where applicable, Norwesco tanks are also NSF approved. Quality, price, product line and leading edge technology make Norwesco North America’s largest manufacturer of rotationally molded tanks.

To see Tank Depot's full line of liquid storage tanks, visit our www.tank-depot.com. Contact a Tank Depot representative about tanks via toll-free telephone at (866) 926-5603 or via e-mail at info@tank-depot.com. Mention this blog posting when you order.