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Old 08-27-2009, 03:42 PM
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I live in the north the hand pump well I wanted this year isn't going to happen because of lack of funds.

Is there anyway to store water outside in a northern climate so that it won't freeze ?

While I continue to save for another well next year.
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you could try a tank heater . depending on how you are wanting to store it
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Heat tape that they use to wrap water pipes to keep from freezing is pretty cheap.
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Keep it moving. Use some type of pump to circulate it. Maybe a large aquarium pump?
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Without the benefit of electricity, your best bet would be a black tank in a sunny spot, leaving enough head room so that if it does freeze the tank will not bust. I don't know of any other way you can do it outdoors without electricity.

You are in Northern Michigan. Why not melt snow for winter water?
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Black tanks outside have been recommended in any case, as a white or translucent one will encourage the growth of algae.

I live in Idaho, so I will be getting a hand pump and storage tank myself...husband wants a solar pump, but the cost is at least twice that of a hand pump. We have a semi underground room to put the storage tank in off the basement. Doesn't get below 40 degrees in the winter. Perhaps you might dig a root cellar type dealie to keep the tank in?
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Add a liter or two of 12-year old single-malt Scotch. Works everytime
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Add a liter or two of 12-year old single-malt Scotch. Works everytime
Then one won't worry about the water being frozen.
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