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I have a 600 gallon steel tank I got thirty years ago with the vague aim of making a hot tub out of it. Instead, it's been serving as a cistern (rain barrel) making me independent of the city water supply.

On especially hot days, I'll dunk myself in the tank to cool off, and it serves that purpose very well. It's in the shade, so the water is a refreshing temperature rather than being hot.

It's also a main source of water for my garden and washing machine. During our seasonal summer drought, that can and has lowered the water level too much to use as a dunk tank, but summer showers have kept the level up to withing 4" of the top. What we haven't had are hot temperatures which would make me use it as a dunk tank.

Still no really hot temperatures in the forecast:

Seattle Pioneer
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