Connecting 2 water tanks to 1 pump

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by blued, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. blued

    blued New Member

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    Hi,

    I have 2 water tanks on the roof of my house. One of them was recently added because we were running out of water in the early evening. Major road construction nearby and some water supply lines to our neighborhood have cut, so our municipality has been rationing water to our area (I'm in the Middle-east).

    I have connected the 2 tanks with a tee, but I'm finding that it may be a little more complicated than that. It seems that when the main tank is empty, the pump stops working. I guess its drawing air and automatically shuts off, even when the other tank has plenty left.

    My pump details here.

    Is there a 'proper' way to connect 2 water tanks to this pump?

    Thanks.
  2. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    Show us or at least describe the plumbing of the tanks.
  3. blued

    blued New Member

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    Thanks, heres a rough sketch:

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  4. Doherty Plumbing

    Doherty Plumbing Journeyman & Gas Fitter

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    Penticton, BC
    The piping from each tank should be equal in length to the pump.

    IE the pump should be moved towards the left so that the connections coming out of the tee are the same length going to the 90s and up into the tank.

    This will cause the pump to draw off each tank evenly!

    Like this

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    Last edited: Nov 21, 2009
  5. blued

    blued New Member

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    OK, got you. Will have to move the pump and redo the piping then. Thanks. :)
  6. breid1903

    breid1903 New Member

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    fulton, indiana
    just center piping. breid..........:D
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