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2 Systems = Rainwater for Fruit Trees

It is always a pleasure for us to go out and educate potential clients. This potential client was delighted to know that the rainwater tanks he had purchased did not have to go right by the barn as he originally thought they would have to.

In our original visit, we proposed the tanks go under the trees. Since they were polyurethane, this does two things. Protects the tanks from the sun and weather, and keeps the water cooler since the tanks set in the shade. It also camouflages the tanks somewhat as well as they blend into the scenery instead of being out in the open.

Below are a few pics of our initial tank placement prior to installation.

 

We put in quite a bit of hard work on both these systems, solving multiple concerns as we worked. The end result was a drier barn arena, water collecting from two separate gutters into two separate tanks, submersible pumps installed in each for on demand water use. We think we did pretty well at surpassing the customer’s requests.

The tank furthest away had the shortest plumbing run but it has all the standard features we include: tank foundation, first flush diverter installed on treated lumber, water level monitor, system cleanout drain, spigot and overflow. The end result of several days of planning, trenching and gluing pvc is below.

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The second system had the longer PVC and the deeper trenching because we actually brought the overflow back out into the pasture next to the barn in the same trench. It was fun to design and implement. This system also included all our standards for installation. The end result is shown below:

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Within 2 weeks of installation, both tanks were full. Only 2 rainfall events filled these tanks to overflowing. See pics below of water level meters showing full:

 

We can’t begin to explain how rewarding it is to go out and serve people by helping them conserve our most precious resource, water. Bringing their rainwater system dreams to life is a privilege we do not take lightly.

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Rainwater in Toilets: Why Use Drinking Water if you Don’t Have to?

With the seemingly never ending drought here in Texas, water conservation is an important means to preserve our potable water supply. This means getting super creative with how we use water. So why are we settling for using good, clean drinking water in toilets? Since it is the norm we go about our day not even thinking that there might be an alternative.

Rainwater collection can be used for much more than just landscape irrigation. Collecting the free water that falls on your roof and redirecting it back into your home for use in the toilets not only makes a statement but it is a responsible solution. It is one of many solutions but it is a good strategy to reduce our strained good, clean drinking water supply.
Does it cost some money? Yes it does but in the long run when it becomes a necessity to conserve water, maybe even state law to conserve, you are a step ahead. It is easier to plan this type of system of course with a new build, but it can be done with existing homes as well. 
Other alternatives for water conservation re-use graywater as well. Re-fitting a home for graywater re-use can be costly. It is less costly to incorporate graywater into a new build. Graywater is simply redirecting your used washing machine water, shower water and hand sink water for re-use in toilets and or landscape water.
Schools are starting the trend for #netzero buildings. Rainwater collection is part of these types of buildings. Click here for a current example of this type of building and what they are doing to be eco-friendly. 
Questions and comments are welcome below.

RainDrop Harvesting Solutions, LLC
www.RainDropSavers.com