Friday, December 3, 2010

What's it going to cost me?

Boy, that could be the title for so many posts!  I wanted to do a short post on the cost of our cistern setup.  Because let's face it---either you find catching your water appealing or not.  And if you do, one of your first questions needs to be, "What would it cost for me to set up a water catchment system?"

Keep in mind, these numbers are from two years ago.  The number one rule in construction is that prices are constantly on the rise.

Four fiberglass tanks, 1,500 gallons each---$5,700.00  ($838.00 of this was freight charges.)
Roof Washer---$875.00
Filters/UV light---$500.00

So starting from scratch, our system cost $7,675.00.  Yes, that's a lot of money.  You have to factor in that at the time of construction, we were comparing the cost of a cistern to the cost of drilling a new well.  A few of you have mentioned having stone cisterns on your property.  Your investment cost would be a lot less, considering that you don't have to buy storage tanks.

To be continued.

Coming on Sunday:  Costs vs. Benefits of Catching Your Water in a Cistern

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  1. Wow, very interesting, thanks for the figures. I wonder if we can squeeze it in the budget...

  2. I keep looking back over your stuff on cisterns. I don't know why but I guess it's because you are making it work. We are about to get an in-ground installed as well as a septic...anyhow, thanks for the info and sorry to keep snooping (not really)