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I need to set up a large cistern for rainwater collection. I was thinking 8’x8′, 5′ deep. I can’t afford a large tank, so I plan to dig one and line it. I was thinking of using aircrete on the sides, or something like that, with cinder blocks around the top, and then a good plastic pond liner inside. My ground is sandy and easy to dig. If you don’t disturb it, it keeps a shape well and can have vertical sides for the aircrete. But if you disturb it, it turns into regular dry sand. That’s why the cinder blocks around the top. I haven’t completely figured out about the cover yet, but I think I’ll need to build that first to keep me and the dogs from falling in while I dig it. Has anybody done that? Any good suggestions for a cistern?
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