OFF GRID Rain Harvesting System – Part 3 – plumbing and fittings

Inlet Fittings

Now I’ll start to put together my assembly of fittings that will attach to the tank inlet. I bought a first flush diverter kit and need to adapt it to 3″ drain pipe.

plumbing and fittings needed for rainwater tank connections and inlet pipes

The fittings it comes with are designed for the thicker Schedule 40 PVC pipe. The gate valve I’ll be also adding is designed for this thicker pipe.
So I need to first glue in these sleeves to allow me to connect everything together.

plumbing and fittings needed for rainwater tank connections and inlet pipes

Let me stop for a minute to explain what I’m gluing up here. Water will first run into this angled downspout screen. This will help keep leaves and debris from the gutter from entering the tank.

Tees, Screens, Gate Valves oh my!

plumbing and fittings needed for rainwater tank connections and inlet pipes

Below that screen is a T fitting. With one of the outlets running into the first flush T.

plumbing and fittings needed for rainwater tank connections and inlet pipes

Below is a gate valve that will connect to the drain pipe that goes to the dry well. When this gate valve is closed water will back up against the gate and then fill the first flush diverter before it finally ends up in the tank.

plumbing and fittings needed for rainwater tank connections and inlet pipes
plumbing and fittings needed for rainwater tank connections and inlet pipes

So the gate valve will be closed when I want to fill the tank. And it will be left open when I want water to bypass the first flush and tank inlet and instead go directly to the drain.

plumbing and fittings needed for rainwater tank connections and inlet pipes

Stay with me here, it will become more clear as I attach this assembly to the fence surround.
Okay, moving on.

Careful Planning before Gluing

Rainwater Harvesting System first flush diverter tee

I could only find the black ABS adapter sleeves but they will work fine for this. I just need the right glue that works on PVC and ABS together. And you have very little time, a few seconds really, to get the parts in the right position once you glue them and slide them together. And there’s no going back for a second try. You can only guess how I learned this.

plumbing fittings with a gate valve

So I’ll glue these sleeves to the first flush T. Then to the gate valve. Then with short pipes I can attach the gate valve and T’s together.

plumbing fittings with a gate valve

Adapter Sleeves aid in assembly

plumbing fittings with a gate valve
plumbing fittings with a gate valve

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