The mess you see in the photo ( http://i67.tinypic.com/bg61eh.jpg ) is half a day's digging through stone, mud and water to get to the pipe, which I m anaged to cap off via a connector and short length of garden hose (to top u p with manually for the time being).
There was no way of shutting off the pipe before, so float valve servicing was a job for a pair of goggles, freezing hands, and lots of spare split-pi ns and swearing! Now I've got access to the pipe, I'd like to:
* Install a box for the connection to live in for easy access including a s top valve * Tee off a standpipe for a garden hose * Not have to replace the current copper threaded fitting which is embedded in the side of the tank.
Additionally, the tank is fed via a tee from local farmers trough feed, whi ch in turn comes from a spring catchment which runs into a large holding ta nk on a hill which serves several properties. When there's been heavy (or l ittle) rain, the water gets silty, and every 2 years I clean out about 4 in ches of silt from the bottom of the tank and then jetwash and flush the who le system with a few drops of hydrochloric acid.
Sometimes, some of the silt doesn't get time to settle, and despite the tak e-off pipe being about a foot off the bottom of the tank, particles then ge ts pumped up to the header tank in the roof, so I have to clean that and th e toilet cisterns out from time to time.
There's a fine particulate filter for the kitchen tap but I think that putt ing one of these inline before the outside tank would just clog up quickly . I've "googled it" but I just have so many options, many way beyond my bud get. I'm a self-employed single parent financially recovering from the summ er holidays, can't afford the plumber's quotes but have basic plumbing skil ls - what are my options, preferably keeping the whole lot under £200 max?
(side notes before anyone gets alarmed: yes, this is drinking water, but we 've got a fine particulate filter and UV on the kitchen tap, only use it fo r tea and coffee, and have big refillable bottles to make cold drinks from in the kitchen. And it (just) passes the occasional mandatory local council test).