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Another 500 Gallons Installed

We always enjoy the privilege our customers allow us by sharing their personal property space with us. We get to go into their yards and land and see what their needs are. We get to bring their ‘rainwater vision’ to life. 

Below are a few before the installation pictures. These were taken 3 weeks prior to the installation. The tanks are made locally in our state of Texas so we are thrilled to be part of keeping Texans working. The tank the customer chose was a light brown which is a custom color (dark green and black are standard colors that are readily in stock) so we had to order and wait for it to be produced. It was well worth the wait as you will see in pictures further down. 

This is one view of the site the customer had in mind as to the optimal location for the tank. We agreed with the location for what the customer will be using this for. They want good water for plants and for his fish tanks. Below is another view of the tank location prior to the installation. 

For this installation, we had to level out the pad location and remove this one small tree to give us enough space for the tank pad we planned. In addition, the customer had a run of gutter put on the front of the house to add to the collection amount they would be able to get for this tank. Based on the roof space we are collecting from, we estimate the customer should get 488 gallons from one inch of rain. So this 500 gallon polyethylene tank should be large enough for 1 inch of rain collection. The overflow is into the flowerbed similar to where it was going prior. Below is one of the pictures of the completed installation. 

So as you can see above, there is a nice rectangular pad around the tank. Gravel base and sand are in the pad under the tank. There is a water level monitor calibrated for empty and full. To the left is the water coming into the tank and the First Flush Diverter. To the right is the overflow. This tank and pad matches very nicely to the existing landscaping and home exterior. We are extremely pleased with the look of this system.

Given the fact that College Station averages 35 inches of rain annually and the estimation that the customer will collect 488 gallons with one inch of rain, this customer should be able to collect 17,080 gallons over the course of the year. This tank will overflow, especially in large rainfall events but at least they have taken the first step in conservation. We can always come back in at a later date and trench to a larger tank. We would replace the existing overflow pipe and run that to a larger tank as the new overflow location and then that tank would also have an overflow. So if this customer decides they want to capture more at some point, adding on is very easily accomplished. 

This is about the largest tank we would put in this location. Any larger would not fit properly in the space allotted, and would look out of place due to the diameter and height required to store the volume of water. 

Stay tuned for more pictures as we keep helping customers conserve water in the Brazos Valley and surrounding areas in Texas!

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

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Giant Step for Water Conservation

Today I happened across an article that made me proud to be a Texan. With drought issues being more and more prevalent, every drop of water that can be conserved should be conserved. It makes sense to find ways to not only make it easier for water to be conserved but also save people money when they do opt to conserve. 

Below is the link to the article I came across but as a brief synopsis, the City of San Marcos, Texas is putting a rebate in place for Rainwater Harvesting system installation of up to $5000 for homeowners and up to $20,000 (conditions apply) for commercial installations. This is a giant leap that I hope for all of our sakes, especially our children, that other Texas cities decide to implement in some type of manner to encourage water conservation. 

You are welcome to read this article for yourself here

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

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Rolling Rain – Rainwater Harvesting Mobile Demo

As part of our education efforts and giving back to the community, we wanted to come up with an interactive way to teach about Rainwater Harvesting. We wanted something fun and easy to transport both for booths and events as well as taking to schools for education. 

We went through  many different ideas and designs, including large and small scale before settling on our final design that is shown below. We even considered a doll house model before deciding that would not really meet all the criteria we wanted to accomplish. 

With our business centering on Water Conservation, we take a sustainable approach to everything we do. With that in mind, we strive to re-use items when it makes sense. The demo pictured above has the following as new components: Gutter, Corrugated Roof, 100 gallon tank, First Flush Diverter, Water Level Monitor, Pump, PVC and connection hoses. We re-used pallet wood for the base, a metal cart with wheels, paint, and a small piece of plywood for the roof. 

This small but functional demo illustrates in real time most of what Rainwater Harvesting is about. We had a constant stream of people stop to learn more about Rainwater Harvesting and uses for Rainwater in general at our inaugural run at Brazos Valley Earth Day 2014. 

For demo purposes, we have the water running in a continuous loop out of the tank ‘raining onto the 12 sq ft roof’. The water runs into the gutter and down into the First Flush Diverter and drips slowly illustrating the first flush of water from the roof in a rain event. Once the First Flush Diverter fills up, then the cleaner water from the roof runs into the tank and is harvested for the end use of the property owner. These uses can range from drip irrigation for landscape and garden, to large scale irrigation of plants or lawn, watering of livestock or animals, car washing, and can even be used for drinking water inside the house once the proper filtration and UV light system is installed. 

This demo is now available for future events as well as education in conjunction with many types of lesson plans at our local schools. We would love to come out and teach your group about Water Conservation, Rainwater Harvesting, the rain cycle and the many uses of Rainwater. All of these topics can be covered concisely or you can choose the one that best fits your lesson plan currently. Contact us today to book your dedicated time on our calendar.

As always, comments and questions are welcome below. 

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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.

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