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I live in a group apartment where there is severe water supply problem. We have a common sump in basement which can be filled with water from external supply sources like water tanker trucks on payment basis. Actually, I am looking for a solution which I can only individually utilize it. I am planning to install a overhead tank on the terrace of the apartment and provide pipe lines additionally to my flat. Now, if I want to refill the overhead tank with truck water supply tanker, how easily I can pump the water to the terrace?

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This is something that wouldn't be done in the US. Please provide your location so someone can provide advice that applies to your location. –  BMitch Jun 20 '13 at 10:56
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An overhead tank won't give much water pressure so you may still want a pump to provide more pressure. And if you're using a pump anyway, then you don't have to put the tank overhead, which can be expensive due to the strong structure required since water is so heavy (a 200 gallon tank would weigh over 1600 lbs). Whether it's overhead or not, you'll need to make sure your terrace can safely support the extra weight. –  Johnny Jan 16 at 19:59
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First, you consult an engineer to see if the roof will support that much weight. Bad to have it come crashing down through the complex when the roof beams fail. –  Fiasco Labs Aug 20 at 15:31
    
Note that there are some locations (e.g. Colorado) where you do not have legal rights to the water that falls on your roof, and doing what you suggest is (sadly) illegal if you are talking about capturing rain water. –  Phrogz 15 hours ago

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You should contact the water supplier for a metered line to your reservoir so you can segregate water with a clear conscience. They can then pump to your terrace.

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