Harvesting rainwater for summer use
Posted: May 21, 2012 2:37:30 PM PDT
Lawn and landscape watering strains the City’s treated water supply each summer. Collecting rainwater for summer outdoor use helps reduce the demand for drinking water.
The City’s Water Conservation Program recently published Rainwater Harvesting: Guidance toward a Sustainable Water Future to provide guidance for homeowners in designing and installing rainwater harvesting systems for outdoor water use. The Guide and other rainwater harvesting information can be found at www.cob.org, Search for “rainwater.”
You can learn how to design and install a 500-gallon rainwater system using recycled food-grade tanks at a two-part workshop. From 6-9 PM on Tuesday, June 12 and 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, June 16, the City is partnering with ReSources for Sustainable Communities to teach about large-scale rainwater catchment. Systems can be easily replicated on residential homes with minimal or no permitting. On June 23, a workshop on Efficient Rainwater Irrigation Systems will also be offered. For more information, visit www.cob.org and search “rainwater.” Registration is required.
Anitra Accetturo, Water Conservation Program Coordinator
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