We're designing and hope to start construction sometime soon on a new farmhouse on the farm we recently purchased in the Ozarks. We're from SE TX and thus have zero experience with basements; however, we definitely are planning a huge basement for use as a storm cellar, root cellar, storage, pantry, and additional living area. I would like, as an auxiliary source of water, to install a cistern in the basement beneath the kitchen and have a nice shallow well/cistern pump at the kitchen sink in addition to standard plumbing and well water/rural water. Anyone have any experience/advise as to design/construction of such a system. What vendor(s) have tanks that might work? Should the cistern be dug in below basement grade? Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks.