If you could save 600 gallons of rainwater, without one tank or barrel, would you?
- Also sans digging up your entire yard to bury a cistern.
You could water your garden for two months without any rainfall.*
*If you own a house with a 25′ x 40′ roof, you can catch 600 gallons from a 1″ rainfall, which happens to be the same amount needed to supply a 10’x10′ garden with 1″ of water per week (the recommended rate), or 10 gallons/day for 60 days, or two months.
Have a seat. And you’re halfway there…
- Designed by a landscaper just trying to hide rain barrels
- 300 gallon capacity (per plans)
- Step by step, illustrated instructions
- A shopping list of lumber to buy locally
- DIY or use a local contractor, support your community
- 8′ long x 3′ wide x 2′ tall, give or take
- Can be built to 2 1/2′ tall and hold up to 420 gallons
No, this isn’t a graph of your portfolio (but if it looks like this, you already know this stuff)
graph courtesy of USGS.gov
It’s our unfortunate trajectory of groundwater depletion. As in, our main clean water supply is going in the opposite direction. Time to buy? You may not have millions to invest (like the people who’s portfolios look like that graph, but…)
Here’s one way (or 3) you can make a smart choice for your water future, because water is an increasingly important part of it.
- It’s free. (unless it’s illegal, then make sure it’s well hidden 😉 Did I type that out loud?
- It’s easy. Once built, it can operate automatically.
- Your water utility might pay you to do it.
- If your well pump or public supply is lost, you still have water.
- It’s soft, good for washing and appliances (with some filtration)
- It keeps your lakes and rivers cleaner
- It helps to recharge your depleting groundwater
- Your plants will grow better with rainwater. A Lot better.