Problem

Drinking Water

Drinking Water
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Yale Environment Review

A huge source of demand on our drinking water supply comes from yard and garden irrigation. There are several major problems with this. First, municipal drinking water is expensive and was treated for you to drink. Your tap water isn’t as good for your garden as rainwater, which has lots of nutrients. And during every one-inch rainfall, the average 2,000-square-foot roof can yield more than 1,000 gallons of rainwater. Unfortunately this rainfall is usually piped directly to the street, which damages the creek downstream because it enters the creek at a high volume and carries pollutants and trash.

Rainwater Flowing Off Roof

Rainwater Flowing Off Roof
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Solution

Collecting rainwater from your roof with a cistern can help protect the creek while at the same time providing valuable, healthy water for your yard and gardens. Rain water is naturally high in important plant nutrients like nitrogen, so the plants will like it much better than your treated tap water.

Installing a cistern can be a bit of a challenge, but we can help you learn how. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about rainwater harvesting, get on ECWA’s workshop list, or have your yard assessed.

200 Gallon Cistern in Backyard

200 Gallon Cistern in Backyard
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