About Water Harvesting
Why collect Rain Water?
Did you know, according to the U.S. Geographical Survey, the average American uses 80-100 gallons of water a day? That means a typical family of 4 could use up to 146,000 gallons of water every year. Sky rocketing water consumption along with our changing weather patterns, means it is everyone's responsibility to conserve water. Collecting and storing rain water to irrigate your lawn and garden is a great way to do your part in helping to preserve our environment.
What kind of system do I need?
The best water harvesting system is the one that will fit your particular needs, and grow with your garden. Beginning with a simple barrel placed under a downspout, you can add more collection units and storage tanks as your landscape needs dictate. Connect collection barrels to storage tanks with PVC pipe or hose, and the water can be moved to wherever you need it, whenever you need it. Its all about supply and demand. Collect free water whenever it rains, and store the water for use during dryer months of the year. Just remember to use water wisely...
What about the water quality? And, how and where can I use it?
There are 4 qualities of water, 3 of which are recommended for recycling. Naturally, water quality is dependent on the cleanliness of the rainwater to begin with. That's why Tijeras Rain Barrels (Desert Plastics) come in multiple styles with screened tops to help filter rainwater and remove debris.
What about maintenance?
It is important to check your water harvesting system to make sure the water is moving where you want it to go.