Winter water is a challenge on the farmstead. The world has little liquid. In one way this is good, it actually feels warmer when it is cold enough that everything freezes up solid. The wet cold suck the heat away much more than the dry snow and ice.
We have warm springs on the mountain above us. The over flow from the one that serves our cottage goes to this barrel set in the hill which serves to create an air gap between our system and the animals system. This is a health sanitation issue to prevent backflow to our home.
The height difference between the inflow and outflow allows for variations in flow and creates more pressure in the pipes to the animal waterers. The ice rings show the up and down activity of the water. The out flow from the barrel leads to various waterers. The air in the barrel is moist which has led to the development of the spectacularly long hoar frost.
The barrel has foil-bubble-bubble-foil around it to help protect it from the winds as well as being set into an earthen alcove which becomes somewhat buried with snow. A cap of bale wrap and it is snug for the winter. I walk by and hear the tinkle of the flow telling me we still have flowing water.
Outdoors: 34째F/16째F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 64째F/56째F