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1000L IBC

Got my my IBC all in and it's got around 300 to 400l in it. Attached the hose not s drop. Before I cut my hose to a lengt of 2m do u think it will work to fulla watering can up? Anyone had a similar problem and solved it if so how? And yes the tap was opened


  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,523
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  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,896
    Yeah I found the same thing. The pressure wasn't enough to force any kinks out of the pipes. You need a good height of tank to really get a good pressure out of it. I just use a 4m length of hose and use it to fill watering cans etc now. Get a hozelock butt pump if you need to use a long hose.
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  • It all depends on the head of water, height of tank off the ground capacity of the tank there are calculators on the web that will give you the answers for any length of hose you need to supply, but I think you will be shocked at the height needed.

    You only get about 3psi when a 1000lt IBC is full at 1 mt of the ground so very low pressure as above if you need to feed a long hose the a pump is really your only answer.

    I use mine at the allotment just to fill watering cans and it 500mm off the ground.
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  • kev vankev van Posts: 114
    Cheers. I'll look at pumps but I'd rather not have to cut the IBC. I have a height difference of 6 or 7 inches which I only intended to use to fill watering cans. I might consider a drill pump to just fill the cans. I'd have loved to put the IBC higher but wouldn't look right
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  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,891
    Lifting the IBC higher off the ground won't improve the flow rate (just makes it easier to get the watering can under it). It's the depth of water in it that drives the pressure. They aren't designed to produce a high flow rate - they are usually just connected to a water trough for animals and it only has to trickle out very slowly. You can probably replace the tap with a wider bore one but as you say, that means cutting the tank and they are fairly expensive to be mucking about with. I'd agree with Wild Edges - if you want to run a hose off it your best bet is to drop a water butt pump into it. Otherwise just get a short length of hose and two watering cans so one is filling while you're using the other. Works for me.
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  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,896

    To increase the pressure you need to increase the sectional area of the pipe. As @raisingirl says the force is only increased by increasing the water level (although gravity does have some effect). Upgrade to the blue MDPE pipe which is 25mm I think and you'll get a better flow but it's just not very flexible. Good if you want a tap elsewhere in the garden though.
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  • We use to design a lot of water storage, borehole and irrigation systems in my last company. 

    The actual calculation is P=ρgh, where ρ is the density of the water (Weight), g is the acceleration due to gravity( feet per second), and h is the depth of the water.

    h is the difference between the height of the surface of the water and the height of the point where the pressure is measure, such as the outlet of a hose coming from the tank.

    The pressure from the tank is based on the height of the tank. A tank on a 25' tower will supply at least 12.5 pounds per square inch. (we don't know the height of the surface of the water.) The 3/4 inch pipe has an area of .44 sq in. Thus the 3/4" pipe will have a pressure of 5.5 psi. The 2" pipe has an area of 3.15 sq in. Thus it will have a pressure potential of approximately 40 psi. reducing the pipe down to 3/4" after the drop will increase pressure by about 2.6 so an estimate of the pressure on this pipe would be about 90 psi.

    So the answer is build a 25' tower cover it in climbing plants and the problems solved  :)
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