Reblogged Is a Rainwater Cistern Right for You?

These extra-large containers reduce runoff and save on the use of potable water for the landscape

October 12, 2015
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Rainwater harvesting does two great things at once: It reduces the amount of stormwater runoff sent downstream and simultaneously reduces your potable water demand. Essentially, you collect rainwater from an impervious (also called nonpervious) surface — most often a rooftop — to use for watering your garden later.

It’s a win for everyone, because you can save money on your water bill and also allow water to infiltrate your property instead of heading offsite through storm drains. Read on to learn more about rainwater catchment systems and decide if you’re ready to take the plunge.

5 thoughts on “Reblogged Is a Rainwater Cistern Right for You?

  1. Thanks, interesting post. I quite love the aesthetics of these cisterns too. We will likely see these more often as climate change affects water access.


    • Yes, these are certainly “high end” systems but I wanted to share this with my readers inspite of that. My blog posts regarding our own, low end system typically receives a lot of response and questions so I know many readers are interested in rainwater catchment and reuse. We are lucky to live in Michigan where we can legally capture our rainwater, many states are no so giving and consider the water “theirs.” Thanks for reading!


      • That is insane! Water that falls from the sky belongs to us all! I am in Ontario, Canada, I have never heard of such a thing, I wonder if any of the provinces or territories have such a ludicrous law, must look into this.


  2. I hear you! A number of states feel that they “own” the water. This has long been an issue on cattle ranches where water is terribly scarce. I suspect that as “clean/potable” water becomes more scarce, with cllmate change, water is going to be the “currency” of the future. California, AZ and other western states here already have no water… Think of Nestles Corporation where their CEO states that water is a commodity and that people are not entitled to it and should be buying it…others, activists, believe that water is a basic human right…it’s becoming a sad state of affairs.


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