The cistern still does not work and after weeks of searching for solutions, shopping for pumps and working with facilities, I have decided that the most democratic thing to do is to send out a poll of how we should spend garden funds to fix the problem. Since all solutions are going to cost over $100 I thought it was better for multiple opinions. Here are our options:
- Buying a gas pump. I have tried a pump from facilities and it works wonderfully. Theirs was gasoline powered and will cost us around $349.00 with facilities’ discount.
- Buying an electric pump. There are several electric pumps that are cheaper. Here are the links to several options. http://www.fastfurnishings.com/SHURflo-Rain-Barrel-Electric-Water-Pump-115V-p/shurflo_2088-594-154.htm AND http://www.rainbarrelsource.com/rain-barrel-&-compost-equipment/rain-barrel-equipment/therainwellrainbarrelpump.cfm AND http://www.woodlanddirect.com/Outdoor/Rain-Barrels-Parts-and-Accessories/The-Rain-Barrel-In-Line-Pump. I found some electricity by our supply box, but have not investigated if we are allowed to use this. It would be significantly cheaper to buy a smaller electric pump, around $100.00.
- Elevate the cistern. We can also build a support system to raise the cistern higher so that the flow of gravity will be accelerated. This will cost probably around $150 taking into account 4 hours of Chris Kern’s time and supplies. I am not sure if this will work and it would be a gamble, but if it does work could fix the problem with a one time fee.
It may be a good idea to wait until the school year, when there will be students around to decide the best use of funds for the garden. I at least wanted to start with sending something out to get initial feedback and will include waiting as one of the choices. Please take the time to vote so we can fix this problem as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support with the garden project.