Tony Hawkins wrote:Tom, I'm in western Nevada. Not sure of the nearest city and your budget, but you can rent a truck, trailer, and skidsteer from Reno for ~$2K for about a week which is probably way more than you need. I'll dig small holes with hand tools but anything resembling real work (trenching, grading, road building, etc) I'll call in the little-big-guns like a skidsteer or mini excavator. If you have any friends in construction they very well might own one. I paid a friend for gas, bought food for the weekend, and gave him $100/day. He brought a skidsteer out and did some work, showed me how to use it, watched me from a lawn chair while he drank a beer and yelled instructions at me, etc.
John C Daley wrote:Is it practical in that area to collect rainwater off the roof and store it in tanks.
If you have 20,000L tanks no treatment will be needed.
Its something I deal with all the time in Australia, but I am not familiar with your geography and its weather.
I notice East Nevada may get 10 inches of rain a year.
If you had a roof of 100m2, that would give you 20,000L per annum.
Would that be enough?