As naive first time buyers we probably didn't look into it enough- we just believed the advertising.
Rainbow Love Farm was listed as having a 5000 gallon water tank, a dam and an underground bore water system with a new pump. Well although in theory it did have these we have since not had a really easy time with our water supply.
When we moved in we discovered that the house tank was full of really disgusting brown, bore water. So we emptyed it and bought a load of water and were happy...for awhile.
The first time it rained we discovered that the guttering actually ran uphill to the tank! It just was not going to fill up. We soon ran out of water again. This time I was standing talking to the delivery driver as he pumped water into the tank....that's when I saw it! The water was running out a huge hole as fast as it was going in.
I frantically ran around plugging the hole up with everything from clay and sticks to silicone but the pressure was too great. Saddly I watched as $150 worth of water soaked into the ground.
Finally last year we were able to buy a new tank and fix up the guttering.My profile pic is me looking lovingly at the new tank.
The dam was not very big and in the first drought period it dried up. It's looking a bit better lately.
The brand new bore pump had disappeared in between the time when we viewed the block and when we moved in. In it's place was a rusty old pump. Unfortunately we didn't have any photos of the one that was here so we couldn't prove that it had been switched. (Who would think to take photos of a pump?) When we finally got the old pump going it was to discover that the bore water was so mineral rich that it burnt the plants and was therefore pretty useless.
On top of all this our hot water tank started leaking about two months ago and has been losing litres of water each day. Finally the new one is in. So I think all our water troubles are over for awhile. We even have small back-up tanks on Zan's room and the chook pen.
Last week we almost ran out of water. But on Friday it rained! Wahoooo!