Culvert Cistern Course

by Joe Mooney


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A Beautiful way to store rainwater

If you are looking to collect rainwater from your own roof and store it to use inside your home and around the yard, a rainwater culvert cistern is an effective, attractive option.

Typically, there are 3 types of tanks used for rainwater collection:

1. Polyethylene
2. Metal
3. Culvert Cistern

Compared to the Culvert Cistern, Poly tanks are unattractive and metal tanks are expensive. Let me further explain…

Culvert tanks are something you can be proud to show your neighbours whereas poly tanks are somewhat of an eye sore. They are however very similar price.

Metal tanks are also attractive, but the price per gallon can be at least 2 times more expensive than a culvert tank.

Culvert tanks can store over 1000 gallons of rainwater at a time. Depending on how much rain you get, this can supply you with a large amount of your yearly use without having to depend on city water or having your well go dry.

Storing and supplying your own water is one of the most rewarding things you can do when living a self-sufficient lifestyle. Your fruit trees and garden beds will love the non-contaminated rainwater and reduces the impact on the environment and aquifers.

I’ve created this DIY video course to help empower you with fresh, clean rainwater!

What you get

  • A detailed materials and tools checklist
  • 30 progress photos for every step
  • 1.5 hrs of HD video showing the installation
  • Lifetime support and any questions answered

Do it right the first time , or pay later!

The DIY video course includes everything you need to complete this project from start to finish.

Life time support

We are creating a community of DIY’ers who are on a mission to live the rugged individual life. Once having purchased this course you will have lifetime access to ask questions in the dashboard portal as you complete your project. If you ever run into any snags or have issues getting a project done, we are here to help you figure it out!

About The Instructor

Joe from Homesteadonomics has been living almost exclusively on rainwater for the past 7 years in the Sonoran Desert, and is passionate about creative DIY projects. His YouTube channel with over 100k subscribers is famous for his rainwater harvesting setup. Joe is an amazing teacher and is dedicated to serving the YouTube community with high quality DIY videos from his homestead in sunny Arizona.

Let's Get Started!

If you find out that the rainwater culvert cistern video course is not what you expected we offer a 14-day money back guarantee because we do not want to waste your precious time and money. We also trust if you order any of our video courses, then you are ready for this commitment to self-sufficiency. We also trust that if you have any questions along the way that you will ask us for help.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to build?

For a 6′ diameter culvert that is 8′ tall, I installed the one in the video course for a total cost of $1350 using materials sourced locally. This translates to about $0.80/gallon.

For a smaller culvert, the cost will be lower and less concrete will be needed but the cost per gallon of storage will increase.

Why use a culvert cistern and not a plastic rain barrel or IBC tote?

Rain barrels and IBC totes serve a purpose but for a more permanent and attractive solution, a culvert cistern fits the bill. If you use a 6′ diameter culvert, you’ll be able to store a much larger amount of water compared to rain barrels or IBC totes.

Are the building supplies hard to find?

The majority of the materials can be found at Home Depot or Lowes. Road culverts can be sourced from a culvert manufacturer in your area, directly from a construction company and you can even find them on craigslist, kijiji or gumtree.

We sourced our lid from a local metal shop which is worked in to the overall cost. If you have the experience with sheet metal, you could make one yourself but for most people, having one made locally will be the easiest option.

How much time does it take to build?

I estimate somewhere between 10-15 hours of total time to finish the project over the course of 3 separate days. The separate days are important to allow the concrete to cure.


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Culvert Cistern Course


If you are looking to collect rainwater from your own roof and store it to use inside your home and around the yard, a rainwater culvert cistern is an effective, attractive option. Poly-tanks are easier to install but the aesthetic appeal of a culvert cistern is undeniable. Store your precious rainwater beautifully and I'll show you over the course of this 3 day video course.

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