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    Water/Rain harvesting

    Does anyone on here do any rainwater harvesting, or in other words collect rainwater from roofs of buildings?

    I am thinking about maybe building a system to help water my garden and some trees that I will be planting. In spring my lawn and plants are fine, mid summer is all dried out. My ground around my neighborhood is very sandy so it dries fast.

    Also have to foresee that I live in a freezing climate, so easy to winterize is a requirement.

    Looking for anyone with experience and input


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    Quote Originally Posted by HoopsRXT View Post
    Does anyone on here do any rainwater harvesting, or in other words collect rainwater from roofs of buildings?

    I am thinking about maybe building a system to help water my garden and some trees that I will be planting. In spring my lawn and plants are fine, mid summer is all dried out. My ground around my neighborhood is very sandy so it dries fast.

    Also have to foresee that I live in a freezing climate, so easy to winterize is a requirement.

    Looking for anyone with experience and input
    rain barrels?

    we have something like this.. basically its a huge barrel on one side cut gutter, and filter over the barrel. the barrel has a valve on the bottom we fill it up then take that water for plants..

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    exactly, rain barrels, I thought of doing something more than just a 40-55 gal barrel. Something alittle bigger feed by two drainage spouts from the roof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoopsRXT View Post
    exactly, rain barrels, I thought of doing something more than just a 40-55 gal barrel. Something alittle bigger feed by two drainage spouts from the roof.
    A friend of mine sells them ready to go for about $90 with valves screens and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoopsRXT View Post
    Does anyone on here do any rainwater harvesting, or in other words collect rainwater from roofs of buildings?

    I am thinking about maybe building a system to help water my garden and some trees that I will be planting. In spring my lawn and plants are fine, mid summer is all dried out. My ground around my neighborhood is very sandy so it dries fast.

    Also have to foresee that I live in a freezing climate, so easy to winterize is a requirement.

    Looking for anyone with experience and input
    Basically, you are talking about a cistern:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cistern
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ae029
    http://www.lid-stormwater.net/raincist_specs.htm

    I'm guessing you may have to bury your system to keep the water from freezing during cold spells. Good luck w/your project.

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