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Old 04-06-2024, 10:54 PM
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I'm planning to set up some sort of automatic irrigation system in my small outdoor area that doesn't have a water outlet. Since I make my own RO water I was planning to use a bucket with a water pump as my water reservoir and simply fill it up whenever it's empty.

Any considerations about storing still water? Mainly my questions are: can I leave it mixed with fertilizer or do I need to connect an injector, do I need to worry about aeration, what about microbial growths?

Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
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My RO unit fills a barrel, then I pull the water out with a pump. My setup utilizes a sprinkler controller, I'm working with bigger volumes. Same concept though... the only issue with water standing in the barrel is algae growth. I keep that under control by just wrapping the (semi-translucent) barrel (plastic 55 gallon drum) in black plastic to keep light out. I fertilize separately, a lot less often than I water. I think the only problem with putting fertilizer in the reservoir is that it is likely to grow algae faster. I have never had any problem with growing pathogens. If it's an open-topped bucket you would want to have some sort of cover over it when you're not actually using it. (Again, keep light out, and also leaves, bird poop, etc.) A 5-gallon bucket with a lid would probably work just fine. I think that you will use all the water in the bucket fast enough that algae really doesn't have time to get established. anyway.
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I have a 5 gallon bucket set up with the mistking system. In the summer I put a weak fertilizer solution in with the RO water, it seems to be fine as long as there is a lid on the bucket (and it's a dark colored Lowes bucket).

Do those of you using pumps in buckets have a shutoff mechanism or run-dry pumps?
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My setup is in a 55 gal drum not a bucket, but I definitely have a shutoff on the pumps with the RO water and the "effluent" drums that water the front lawn. (A switch that floats, when it goes vertical - no water - it kills the power) If you're running it without being in attendance, you need something order to not damage the pump if it goes dry.

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Oh, I have never had a mosquito problem, but the water gets used pretty fast, doesn't sit around for more than a day or so. So it's moving and getting refreshed.
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