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    Default Water pressure drops often

    I own a tiny home in a seasonal campground. The campground has a few wells that feed a number of campsites each. I use an on demand, LP water heater that requires a certain number of gallons per minute to keep heating the water. We are one of the furthest sites from a well and as such, when other residents turn on any water, our pressure drops and if we are using hot water, we lose it.

    I am wondering if there is anything we can do at our site to keep the pressure up when other sites upstream turn on the water. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

    Thank you

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    Easiest may be to treat your tiny home as if it were on a well. Use a pressurized well bladder or diaphram tank and see if that buys enough volume to solve the problem. I'm thinking maybe a 35-40 gallon tank would cover a long shower (bigger is better and buys more time). If that doesn't work, then put a booster pump on the pipe feeding your house. You'll need a check valve and tee on the water pipe coming into the house to keep the tank from pushing water back upstream when pressure drops.

    A negative to all this is how you deal with winterizing it. Either drain it in winter if your aren't there, or keep it in a heated (50F) insulated "well house" or inside the house and keep ti at 50F in winter.
    Mark
    Kent, WA

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    Thanks Mark, I had given some thought to a pressure tank, but wasn't sure about it. One other problem we have is that most of the sites are fed with 3/4 inch pipe, but we are fed with 1/2 inch, so we have a lower volume of water to start with.

    I will look into a pressure tank. We winterize everything in the fall, so it will just be one other thing to do.

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    I don''t see the pressure tank helping unless you put a check valve on the inlet side so the pressure doesn't just go back down the line.
    A booster pump and tank in your unit would certainly help.
    Operation Overlord.

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