A Simple Water Gauge

A plastic float, dowel rod, small red flag, and nail are all you need to make a simple water gauge for your cistern.

| September/October 1980

  • 065 water gauge - Fotolia - SERENETHOS
    You could make a simple water gauge from a plastic float and a flag to reveal the water level in this container.
    PHOTO: FOTOLIA/SERENETHOS

  • 065 water gauge - Fotolia - SERENETHOS

Reader T .J. Byers described in the article Water Level Monitor how he rigged up an electrical circuit between his water tank and his home so he'd know—at a glance—just how much water he had in his storage tank.

Well, Noel Stone of Powell River, British Columbia has come up with a different homemade water gauge ... one that is not as exact as Mr. Byers' invention, but sure does let the Canadian know when his cistern's starting to run low.

Noel constructed a simple "fluid flag" by tying an empty plastic bleach bottle and a small red banner to opposite ends of a long pole. Then he put a large spike through the stick's center (to provide a rotation point for his device) and attached that nail to the inside of his holding tank. That way, whenever the water level of the storage facility drops, the float bottle descends and the flag rises ... until—eventually—the signal pokes out the top of the tank, telling Noel that he'd better start cutting back on his water use!





Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

Money-Saving Tips in Every Issue!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).


Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters