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    The terrible draught continues in the NE... I was thinking of using the 'gray water' from the washing machine to water the trees with, especially the ones too far to reach with the hose. Do the septic tank a favor as well. I'm looking for a 50 to 75 gallon plastic container I can run the washer output into. I'll sit it in my dump cart, then haul it with the BX over to the trees, and just gravity water them with a hose... anybody know where a simple polyethylene (or whatever) container can be had? Clearly, it would need to accept a standard hose connection for output. I don't need a pump.

    Saw some at TSC, but they had real big output fittings (3 to 4 inch). Can't imagine what goes on there, some type of pump I'd guess.

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    If you have a petroleum company nearby they will probably sell you a brand new 55 gal. steel drum for about $20. I bought 2 from a place and screwed a standard faucet with garden hose threads into them to gravity feed kerosene. They may rust out in 20 or 30 years, however. There is a 2" hole on one side for filling and a 1" on the other side. both have pipe threads.

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    I'd also go for a cheaper alternative, like one of those discarded blue water tanks from a household system. here's a link to some <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/LLCategoryDisplayView?storeId=6970&amp;langId=-1&amp;catalogId=4006970&amp;PHOTOS=on&amp;TEST=Y&a mp;productId=797686&amp;categoryId=0>poly tanks</A> on the Northern Tool site, however.

    I would mention that water weighs about 8-1/3 lbs per gallon, or just under 62.5 lb per cubic foot. Could be a safety consideration.

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    Patrick--

    So sorry that your drought continues. We had 1" of rain from June 1 until September 10, but have had 6" in the past 10 days. Whew!! But to your question, if the container does not need to be closed, you can get a Rubbermaid stock tank at Tractor Supply, 100 gallon about $80. I put one in my loader bucket to mix up aluminum sulfate for pond application, but did not move it full more than a few feet.

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    We got some good rain the week we went on vacation (of course!), but not 1 drop the 10 weeks before, and virtually none since.. it's really bad, I'm seeing parts of ponds I've never seen before.....

    That may be the tank I saw when I was up at TSC, but it didn't have a standard hose connection...

    Thanks for the info (everybody).

    - Patrick

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    Here's a link to the <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.rubbermaid.com/hpd/consumer/product/detail.jhtml?prod=HPFG424200+GRAY&amp;attributeId= &amp;nextType=&amp;currentType=&amp;locationId=&am p;thirdMenuIndex=>Rubbermaid</A> tank. The description says it has a 1.5" drain; might be able to reduce it with some PVC, but 55 gallon drums are probably a better idea . . . I guess you probably don't want to use 1.5" hose to water your trees.

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    <font color=blue>"I guess you probably don't want to use 1.5" hose to water your trees"</font color=blue>

    Unless they're on fire... [img]/w3tcompact/icons/shocked.gif[/img][img]/w3tcompact/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

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    I've picked up the blue 35 and 55 gallon poly tanks from a local carwash. The soap and rinse agents come in them, and these contents are water soluble so they rinse out easily.

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    Patrick,

    Here is a supplier for FDA Food Grade Reconditioned 55 gallon plastic barrels for only $30 each. They may not have a hole at the bottom, but it would be pretty easy to add one with some stuff from the nearest plumbing department.

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.bayteccontainers.com/index.html>link</A>

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    Thats funny.........I have one of those Rubbermaid 100 gallon I just give my German Shepherd a bath in today,I also have 2 of the 300 gallon tanks as well.

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