Cisterns use to be common and were often piped into the basement. Cisterns collect rain water which was used to wash laundry, peoples hair , etc because it was soft water. If they are piped into the basement then it should be easy to connect to a sprinkler system for the lawn if not a pump system would have to be added. Considering the cost of water in the cities I would utilize them as much as possible. Sewer bills are also generally based on metered water usage.
Check in the basement, a lot of times you will find sinks with three spigots, hot, cold, and cistern. That's the way it was in my great aunts house and she always washed her hair in that sink.
Last edited by JLMCDANIEL; 07-02-2009 at 10:17 PM.
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