Kerbside Stormwater Recycling Kit
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The Kerbside Stormwater Recycling Kit lets you water your garden with stormwater recovered from the roadside gutters.
When rain is expected you should setup the kit at a stormwater outlet at the kerbside. Insert the polycarbonate cup into the 90mm stormwater pipe and connect the leads to a 12 volt power supply. When it starts raining and water is flowing from the stormwater pipe, the cup fills with water. The pump inside the cup starts automatically and pumps water into a tank or wheelie bin. When it stops raining the pump stops automatically.
The kit can be easily removed from the kerbside at any time.
Councils attempt to draw water away through stormwater drains, however, in downpours even these can fill up and spill out onto the street flooding roads and residential areas. Your local council might require you to take some responsibility for your own property’s stormwater runoff. The Kerbside Stormwater Recycling Kit allows you detain some of the stormwater when it rains.
Contents of the kit
Polycarbonate cup with inlet filter, pump and float switch attached
Control box connected to the pump and the float switch
Second float switch
Stormwater pipe adaptor 90mm x 75mm
Stormwater pipe adaptor 90mm x 100mm
Inserting cup in 90mm stormwater pipe
Cup connected to 75mm stormwater pipe using 90x75mm adaptor
Cup connected to 100mm stormwater pipe using 90x100mm adaptor
Step 2. Connect the red wire from the control box to the positive terminal of a 12V DC power supply. Connect the black wire from the control box to the negative terminal of the power supply. You may wish to use a 20W solar panel with a charge controller and a lead acid battery (7 Ah for example).
Step 3. The switch on the control box had 3 positions: ON Manual (switch up), OFF (middle position), and ON Auto (switch down). Flick the switch on the control box down (ON Auto). When it starts raining and water is flowing from the stormwater pipe, the cup fills with water and activates the float switch inside the cup. The pump inside the cup starts automatically and pumps water into a tank or wheelie bin. When it stops raining the water level in the cup falls and the pump stop automatically. To start the pump at any time, flick the switch on the control box up (ON Manual).
Switch with 3 positions: ON Manual, OFF, ON Auto
Cup filling with water
The pump has a maximum head of 5 metres.
The pump has a flow rate of 700 litres per hour at zero head.
The cup is made from heavy duty polycarbonate and so it’s unbreakable.
The cup has a large overflow area to prevent water backing up inside the stormwater pipe higher than the overflow level.
The cup makes a secure pressure fit against the inside of a 90mm stormwater pipe.
If the tank is not full, the pump starts automatically when it starts raining. The pump stops automatically when it stops raining or the tank is full.
By detaining some of the stormwater when it rains, less pressure is placed upon the stormwater infrastructure provided by councils in residential areas.
The water in the tank can be used for automatic drip irrigation by using the Kerbside Stormwater Recycling Kit to make a Measured Irrigation Controller.
Pumping stormwater into a wheelie bin
The Kerbside Stormwater Recycling Kit can be purchased online from the Measured Irrigation Shop.
Instructions for using the kit to recycle stormwater
Step 1. When rain is expected insert the polycarbonate cup into the stormwater pipe (the cup makes a secure pressure fit against the inside of a 90mm pipe). The stormwater pipe should be horizontal with a diameter of 75mm, 90mm or 100mm. If the pipe is 75mm you will need the 90mm x 75mm adaptor. If the pipe is 100mm you will need the 90mm x 100mm adaptor. The stormwater pipe can be at the kerbside or on your property.
Pump start automatically
Contact details for Kerbside Stormwater Recycling Kit
Dr Bernard Omodei
5/50 Harvey Street, Woodville Park, SA 5011 Australia
Mobile 0403 935277
Overseas +61 403 935277