Collect your rain water – Everyone is doing it!

September 7, 2008 at 9:21 pm 1 comment

With fall and winter coming soon it seems like a good time to visit the concept of collecting a precious resource, at least here in Southern California, when nature offers is for free.  Yes I am suggesting that you might want to collect your rain water to use in any number of ways.

The first and most obvious is for watering you garden or landscape.  This is the simplest and most time honored process.  There are any number of websites that will show you how (,,1180779,00.html),  and sell you the equipment (

This use and technology has been around for over 2000 years.

Now there are other uses that this collected water can be put to.  One of the best ones to use it to flush the toilets in your house or building.  This however requires quite a bit of work with the plumbing so it certainly isn’t going to save you a lot of money right away.

Cities like San Fransisco are providing incentives and extensive training (

Proof that this method is going main stream can be found here, where the Tree People have an ongoing project to create designs and test beds for improved technology that is happening here in Los Angeles, CA. (

If you are interested in planning your own system here is good beginning explainer of the process and concepts. (

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  • 1. sue  |  September 9, 2008 at 8:41 am

    A great place to learn about lots of products related to rain water containment can be found here: – They offer rain barrel kits in addition to completed products – what I really liked were the downspout filters and first flush rain water diverters they import from Australia.


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