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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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Last Week’s Rainfall Put Small Dent in Drought Conditions for the Brazos Valley

Recent rainfall in the Brazos Valley has put a small dent in the drought conditions. The graphic below shows the rainfall totals on May 13th for 24 hours as shown on KBTX.com website.



Given these rainfall totals, here is how much rainwater you could have captured, for use during the drier months from this rainfall event, if you have a 1500 sq foot surface to capture from:


Bryan/College Station = (1500 x .623) x 3.36 => 3139.92 or  3140 gallons of rain
Caldwell = (1500 x .623) x 3.45 => 3224.025 or  3224 gallons of rain
Cameron = (1500 x .623) x 2.18 => 2037.21 or  2037 gallons of rain
Conroe = (1500 x .623) x 5.49 => 5130.405 or  5130 gallons of rain
Crockett = (1500 x .623) x 2.88 => 2691.36 or  2691 gallons of rain
Hearne = (1500 x .623) x 2.78 => 2597.91 or  2598 gallons of rain
Huntsville  = (1500 x .623) x 3.80 => 3551.10 or  3551 gallons of rain
Giddings = (1500 x .623) x 3.34 => 3121.23 or  3121 gallons of rain
Madinsonville = (1500 x .623) x 3.80 => 3551.10 or  3551 gallons of rain
Navasota = (1500 x .623) x 3.36 => 3139.92 or  3140 gallons of rain
Trinity = (1500 x .623) x 2.88 => 2691.36 or  2691 gallons of rain

The real winners were:

Brenham = 
(1500 x .623) x 14.50 => 13550.25 or  13550 gallons of rain
Hempstead = (1500 x .623) x 14.50 => 13550.25 or  13550 gallons of rain


We aren’t out of the woods yet with summer fast approaching. According to this article on KBTX.com, the ‘rainfall deficit for the year has been cut from around 7 inches to just 3.37″ …’ Easterwood airport officially received 5.44″ of rainfall up to May 14th. This would bring the total above on a 1500 sq ft roof to 5084 gallons of rain that could have been captured. 

The Bryan/College Station area generally (using the past 10 years as a guideline) getting around 3 inches or more in the wetter months and with July and August being the driest months at 2″ or less, we hopefully will get another 3-4 inches before the hottest months. So you still have time to get a system in to capture any water that falls to use for your lawn, outdoor plants and/or garden, livestock or pets, and even for potable use. 

Rainwater harvesting costs for a system is generally similar to drilling a well with one main advantage. Rainwater is the purest form of water until it hits the ground. So you can have clean water from the start with a harvesting system in place and a few safeguards installed to ensure a trustworthy, clean and sanitary source for water for you and your family. 


As always, comments and/or questions are always relevant and welcome. 

RainDrop Harvesting Solutions, LLC
www.RainDropSavers.com


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Rain Barn

This video depicts how rainwater can be harvested and used as a sole source of water. It is a great, no-nonsense description of one way to conserve water for both potable and non-potable use by Billy Kniffen. With areas in the state of Texas still in drought conditions, water is going to continue to be a resource that we need to explore ways to capture and conserve it. Even if you haven’t considered rainwater as a resource on your property yet, I encourage you to do more research and see the many ways rainwater is a precious resource we should be capturing for many different uses.

Click here for video.

RainDrop Harvesting Solutions, LLC
www.RainDropSavers.com