Brought in a backhoe on Monday
to dig the hole for the cistern (fresh water holding tank) and
the ditch for the wall foundation on side of lot. The tank is
2800 liters and cost $4000 pesos (less than $300us). At the
bottom of the pit is a cement floor with rebar. They decided to
put in 3 castillos (support posts) to tie it together. The form
for the top is made a few feet away, also rebar reinforced.
We'll see how easy it is to move next week.
It was the first time these guys had installed a plastic cistern
(usually just a block box) so the plumbing presented a few new
problems. We had conversations about venting, where the pipes go
and height of the top above the tank. They had no problem with
pipes coming out the top - but the top will be part of a patio.
I talked them into another ring of block so pipes exit the side.
Next day I brought out our plumber and he had us turn the tank
around so the 1" fitting aimed at where the pump will be. He
also mounted the street shutoff on the front wall of the lot,
made a spicket for garden water and ran the line back to the
cistern. We then waited 'till after 1 pm for city water to start