I have an electric water pump with an extremely small tank. Being in the middle of nowhere, we have those pesky outages. I would like to put some sort of cistern outside by my well house and a handpump by the kitchen sink. The wellhouse is about six feet from my kitchen, the water would need to run for about 10 horizontal feet total. It freezes hard here! #1 How big of a tank would I need for two people plus a couple goats, couple geese, couple ducks and a small bunch of chickens for about 2 days of conserved water? #2 What could I use as a cistern that is very cost effective? #3 How can I prevent everything from freezing without using heat tape. I already have some problems with frozen plumbing every now and then. #4 Can I use a handpump in the kitchen to draw water from the well into the cistern. Would it draw water? Would I want to? By adding the handpump I am confusing myself I think. And I don't actually "need" the handpump, but, you know! The eventual plan is to have the well pump run by alternative means, with the cistern as a backup tied into both the handpump and the mainline plumbing. Also, the cistern will not lower my electric costs for running the pump, will it? Luckily, I will have help doing this, I'm just brainstorming right now to see if it's possible and how exactly I want to do it. I am full of ideas, but extremely limited on mechanical ability!