Hi to All,
We recently purchased a large 1896 home in Cincinnati. There are 5 cisterns on the property. We have located 4 of them. One is a HUGE hole, at least 9 feet wide, and it is located on the side patio of the house, not far from the exterior walls of the basement. This big one has a metal covering about 24 inches wide, and it looks to have standing water at least 6 feet deep.
Other than the obvious hazard of a child falling into the cistern, are there any hazards to having so many cisterns on the property? Any benefits? What would be the reason that we have all these cisterns?
We are on city water and sewer, and do not need the cisterns to provide drinking water. Is there an easy way to use this water in the cisterns to water the lawn and flowers?
Thanks in advance for any input you can provide. This is my first experience with having cisterns on the property.