Here’s an Introduction to rainwater harvesting (“Water waste or water savings – which are you planning for?”)
When it comes to Rainwater Harvesting, I tend to think of two broad categories:
(1) Capture & store devices – storing water on your property
- barrels, tanks, cisterns
- for your private future use
- about rain barrels, rain tanks, cisterns
- why I recommend rain barrels, even though they’re relatively small (“In defense of rain barrels”)
- Check downspouts.
- don’t forget to do rain barrel maintenance.
(2) Infiltration – making it possible for the water to soak into the ground
- soaking it into the ground
- replenishes groundwater basins beneath the city
- for everyone’s future use
- permeable surfaces / Infiltration features
- infiltration (“Are you ready for rain?”)
- dig infiltration pits now
No matter which kind of rainwater harvesting you select, make sure you plan for overflow. If we get too much water for your system, where will it go? Make sure you build a non-destructive escape route for the excess.
- Get clear about your Big Picture.
- Protect garden pets.
- Plant trees now.
- Select water-tolerant varieties of cool-season veggies.
- Check your roof. Make repairs NOW, don’t wait.
- Paint exterior wood, check window caulking
- TURN OFF SPRINKLERS, possibly until spring!
- store emergency materials
- be prepared for electricity outages
- car: new tires, wipers, battery, headlights. learn how to drive in heavy rain.
- consider buying flood insurance
- have a family evacuation plan in place, that all your family members know about
Our handout (pdf) from the “Preparing for El Niño” workshop we held on Nov 7