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  • Lana Hebert

    Did you know that 1" of rain water puts about 600 gallons of water atop a 1,000 square foot house? Captured directly from a downspout or rain chain, a cistern will have your garden water ready. These cisterns collect rainwater from a nearby roof using rain gutters, and when the tanks are full water is dispersed through a gravity fed drip system that irrigates crops. Also can be filtered and used for bathing, washing clothes, dishes, etc.

  • Solace Village

    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. Consider this book about water storage: http://amzn.to/QHpXPY

  • Jennifer Price

    Rainwater Harvesting - Info for rain barrels and cisterns.

  • Cheri Herman-Anderson

    Did you know that 1" of rain puts about 600 gallons of water atop a 1,000 square foot house? (Or 90 gallons for a 150" sq. rooftop, if my math is right.) 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. Plus, this is a beautiful rain barrel system.

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Something every home should have ... Did you know that 1" of rain puts about 600 gallons of water atop a 1,000 square foot house?