Did you know that 1" of rain puts about 600 gallons of water atop a 1,000 square foot house? That's a lot of rainwater to capture and a cistern can do the trick. Captured directly from a downspout, or rain chain, a cistern will have your garden water ready. These cisterns collect rainwater from a nearby roof and when the tanks are full water is dispersed through a gravity-fed drip system that irrigates crops. Water Storage, Collection Rainwater, 1 000 Squares, Rain Barrels, Rainwater Harvest, Gardens Water, Rain Chains, Rain Water, Foot House
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Mo suggested getting a plain white plastic rain barrel (~$35) and painting it. Love this idea and love this gorgeous, colorful example. So doing this!
Supplying the key components needed, as well as step-by-step plans and instructions, this kit makes it straightforward to build your own rainwater reservoir. The completed rainwater reservoir can be placed 70' or more from a downspout (depending on elevation).
One of four rainwater cisterns at the Denton County Government Center, TX - "Harvesting rainwater is an old idea that is gaining popularity in Texas, where our growing population and frequent drought make it important to use our water resources efficiently"