While shopping for supplies at their nearby ranch store, Megan and Aaron Austin’s three children spied the stock tanks. “A pool!” they asked. The Austins did some fast mental measuring, realized it would fit, and added the tank to their request. They immediately found the ideal spot for the pool: in a garden with raised beds that is fenced off to guard it from animals (counting the family hound). Positioned close to a water spigot, the tank is surrounded by smooth river rocks. To keep the water clean, the kids rinse their feet in a shallow basin before entering the pool. When the water looks filthy, the Austins siphon it with a short hose and water the close by garden beds. The siphon also works like a vacuum to help expel debris from the base of the pool. The tank leans slightly for easy depleting when they don’t use the siphon.
“This system works very well for us, aside from when the kids have friends over to play,” explains Megan, whose website, Ninnescah Made, offers solutions to modern-day homesteading. The Austins have attempted vinegar and spa chemicals for cleanups, but after overwhelming use, supplanting the water is the best solution. Would they recommend a tank pool? “Yes!” Megan continues. “We’ve had many hours of diversion from such an inexpensive stock tank. Summertime in our general vicinity tends to be upward of 100 degrees most days and the cool water is refreshing.”