Starting Small and Grow
Most of our customers start small and grow with us. Many have been with us for years, starting with rain barrels then going on to bigger tanks or more sophisiticated systems over time.
Amy has grown her tanks in gallonage and overall numbers over the years. Most recently linking rainbarrels together and installing water measuring devices to ensure she does not over water her fruit trees.
Amy now has 2 - 1,000 gallons barrels, 2 - 225 gallon barrels and 4 - 55 gallon rain barrels surrounding her house. She captures almost all the runoff of her roof. Her system has no pumps as she actively manages her water (i.e. emptying the barrels when they get too full and using city water when they are empty).
Deborah wanted to start small and so installed one large 225 gallon barrel with a lovely rain chain. She intends to expand to a larger system over time to water her ever growing garden. With this barrel Deborah installed a low-pressure soaker hose that is designed to work with rain barrels and she can leave attached to slowly drain out the barrel when she opens the valve.
Fred started with rebuiliding an overflow pond to get it to actually work. This pond is right off his driveway and was intended to channel water away from his front steps, but it never quite worked. Now he has a lovely, functional overflow pond that when it is nearly full moves the water away from his front area all the way to the back of his property while at the same time being a beautiful planting area featuring grasses and several flowering bushes.
These are just a few of the small projects we have helped our friends and clients install.
Is harvesting rainwater a good investment? We will explore that question in depth in this three-part series, beginning in Part One with a traditional economic payback approach.