Cistern problem

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by Summertime, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. Summertime

    Summertime New Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    We put in a concrete cistern when we moved into our house 11 years ago. It's been a great help for our vegetables and perennials since we're on a well. Any rain we get is channeled from the gutters on half our house into the cistern. We just had two inches of rain. That amount fills the cistern, but when we went to use it, only a few inches was in the bottom. I can't figure out what's happening. And how can we determine what the problem is?
  2. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Pump Controls Technician
    Lubbock, Texas
    Make sure your water lines are closed off, add some water to the cistern and see if it gets out. You either have a water line open, the tank is cracked, or the rain gutter is plugged up. I just cleaned out my gutters, the leaves were not letting a drop out the downspout.
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  4. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

    Feb 6, 2011
    Information Technology
    NW Ontario, Canada
    Ja, my guess is that the gutters are plugged. I just cleaned mine too.
  5. craigpump

    craigpump Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2012
    Self employed water system tech
    Lives in a condo, doesn't worry about cleaning gutters.

    No garage though.......
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