How to Use a Water Tower on a Farm or Ranch

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Avoid having to pump water and incurring increased energy costs by storing ranch or farm water in a tank atop a tower. Often the tower sits next to a well powered by a windmill. As the windmill turns, it manually cranks a well pump and lifts the water into the tank at its top, all without electricity. A pipe on the bottom of the water tank atop the tower provides an endless supply of gravity-fed water to farm animals or cows grazing in the field or to supply the farm’s gardens with water in the summer.

  • Use the water from a water tower to provide water for a garden. Hook up the piping from the tower to a water line that runs to the garden. Install a valve in the piping at the garden’s edge to control the water flow. Hook up this water supply to the garden’s irrigation system and use the water from the tower for watering the vegetable garden.

  • Fill an old bathtub or a large galvanized water trough at the bottom of the tower to provide water to grazing livestock such as sheep, horses and cattle.

  • Feed the barn with water from the tower to provide water for chickens, goats or other assorted farm animals, such as alpacas if raising them for their wool.

  • Connect the tower to the ranch or farmhouse’s water distribution system to have gravity-fed water year round. To increase household water pressure, ensure that the piping is large enough to the house and then reduce it in size at the house to create greater pressure within the house’s water system.

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