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badbee
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Have to buy water today for the Cistern, 3nd in 5 months about 3000 Gals and we got some pretty good soakings in December however it made me wonder about the last delivery so I asked about there metering and they told me they don't have one on there trucks SAYWHAT!!!, So our convo went like this
Me: How do you or i know how much is going in the Cistern?
He: We buy your water from WAPA, and bring it to you, They have the meters
Me: what prevents your driver to stop along the way and top off a friends Cistern?
He: I run an honest buisness
Me: So your telling me your trucks go to Wapa empty for my order of Water?
He We may do two or more runs at a time, to save on Gas
Me; Well how can you tell how much water is going to each delivery?
He; The drivers know how much Water to put in it according to the time
Me: What was That!!?
He: You heard me
Me The last time your driver was here I offered him a Coors light and after the third one he said "I think that's enough" I didn't know if he was referring to the Beer or the water, but he shut the pump off,
He: Which one, Where do you live, Which one, Your not supposed to be giving my drivers Drinks!!
Me: -)

To make a long story short I called my Cousin at DCLA who does standards, and he told me they don't have the instruments to calibrate any Water delivery meters and that's if they have one on the truck, and also theres a big Lawsuit against the DCLA/Gov about this matter that prevents them from doing so. So I'm going to figure out the capacity of my tank based on measure and what's left in it and keep a closer eye.

Thanks for viewing my Rant

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Topic starter Posted : January 25, 2013 3:57 pm
Alana33
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You can usually gauge how much water you get by looking in your cistern once all the water is pumped in
Have the water levels varied significantly over the 3 loads you purchased?
If you have had to replace water this many times in 5 months with all the rain we have had, you may have a slow leak/small crack in your cistern. You'll need to have the cistern cleaned, the leak fixed and then resealed.
It's a pain to do but you'll have nice clean cistern when done.

There's a formula regarding height, width and depth, to see what the gallon volume is for cisterns but I can't quite remember it.
Anyone else remember it?

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Posted : January 25, 2013 5:56 pm
LiquidFluoride
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This site will do the math for you 🙂

http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/waterops/redesign/calculators/volcalchtm.htm

Very interesting rant..

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Posted : January 25, 2013 7:57 pm
dbwilk
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Maybe a stick gauge like the gas station uses. Figure tank volume then you can figure how many gallons per inch.

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Posted : January 25, 2013 8:35 pm
Alana33
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Thanks LiquidFlouride.
I couldn't remember the number to multipy (7.47) to get the amount of gallons.
Always a good formula to know.

Some people do have cistern gauges that you can install in your cistern if so concerned about the honesty of water delivery companies.
Personally, I doubt your getting ripped off.

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Posted : January 25, 2013 9:59 pm
badbee
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Well this is real fact, I live on top of a hill. the truck is pouring water out the back of it up the incline of the hill, and then leaves a sizeable puddle in my yard while pumping into my cistern, you call that a delivery of my goods, God forbid I was not having fuel oil delivered for a furnace if I was in the States

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Topic starter Posted : January 26, 2013 3:27 am
Leticia
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I use Hamilton Water Delivery. His tank is clear so you can see how much you get. 3407718080.

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Posted : January 26, 2013 11:22 am
vicanuck
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I deal with a reputable company that I trust and we have water delivered only a few times a year.

I know how much water should be in the cistern after a delivery so Im not concerned.

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Posted : January 26, 2013 12:36 pm
Alana33
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Well this is real fact, I live on top of a hill. the truck is pouring water out the back of it up the incline of the hill, and then leaves a sizeable puddle in my yard while pumping into my cistern, you call that a delivery of my goods, God forbid I was not having fuel oil delivered for a furnace if I was in the States

If you are so upset about it - change the delivery company you use. There are many to choose from.
One has to expect a certain amount of spillage on a steep incline.
Good Luck to you.

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Posted : January 26, 2013 4:44 pm
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