PUMP TEST for rainwater supply

PUMP TEST  detailed steps

Pump tests First require Really important checks to test the Electrical cord function. For the backyard pump: – the high power switch is on the house’s north wall behind big tropical Monsteria bush! Then go to the pump on right of INTAKE tank. It’s black cord takes you to the cord connection at that end. If you can’t find it;please ask any of us to show you where it is 🙂

PUMP TEST  checklist as follows:-

  1. Ensure town-water tap turned off completely.
  2. Check front pump is turned off at power switch top of pillar, front of carport. Test no water comes out of shiny new gold garden tap.
  3. Look if Power IS on at backyard WALL switch, plugged in properly, then go to backyard pump.
  4. Ensure intake tank gate valve is open = not parrallel to tank wall = going with water flow as shown in photo.

    pump test
    raintankGateValve outlet closed
  5. Check pump is still installed correctly, and the right lights are on – on the little ‘black box’ [if it has one]
  6. Knock on tank to see it is full, otherwise shut gate valve on the currently open tank & open a tank with water in it 🙂 The flat metal tank behind garden flat is also connected to pump via black pipe with blue strip. It has a plastic tap, sadly.

    PUMP TEST plastic gate valves all closed

Now its time to  do the pump test.

  1. Disconnect black cord from white cord, wait 10 secs.
  2. Reconnect & Pump should surge for ~10secs, unless tap is turned on…, then pump would KEEP going.
  3. So good idea to turn on retic for vege garden, leave on for another test. Hopefully it stays on 🙂 then all is well 🙂

If there was a pipe leak the motor would come on for a short time intermittently. 

4. Wrap up connection again, with black plastic, wind orange string around its length


2023 February Scheme Water bill 42,000L / month shows that hand watering is way more wasteful than reticulation system compared with bill in the previous years.

All my previous measurements using 25,000L rainwater tanks with 5000L markers show that 19,000L is needed per normal summer month with the MANUAL reticulation system routine and house use.

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