This house is off the water grid — how much do cisterns suck?

By on Oct 18th
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Chrissy needs input:

My fiance and I have been house-shopping for quite some time now, and I have fallen in love with one amazing little fixer-upper. It has three bedrooms, a fenced-in area, a pond, and it's on one beautiful acre… the only catch is that it is not hooked up to public water/sewer: it has a septic system and a cistern.

This isn't a dream-killer by a long shot, but I'd love input from anyone who maintains their own cistern. How does it work? What kind of maintenance would be expected? I'd just love a general idea of life with a cistern!

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