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Harvesting Rainwater When Digging Wells Is Too Expensive

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:05
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Harvesting Rainwater When Digging Wells Is Too Expensive

Harvesting rainwater is something many of us do for our gardens as a way to save money and to make better use of a precious natural resource.

However, do you think you could run your home and garden almost completely off rainwater? What about if you lived in the desert?

A family who lives about 45 minutes south of Tucson, Ariz., does just that. In a video interview with the Life Inside a Box YouTube channel, the father, Joe, gave a tour of his system for harvesting rainwater.

“We got some well estimates, and it was way too expensive to drill a well, so we said, ‘Let’s try some rain water harvesting.’ And that’s what we live on for about 95 percent of the year,” Joe said.

Joe created a culvert system to collect roof and gutter run-off, and he has huge polyethylene tanks behind his home. Water from the roof drains underground through four-inch PVC pipe in what Joe calls a “wet pipe system.”

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The sides of his home feature a network of downspouts that connect to this underground system. These pipes then connect with a 5,000-gallon tank behind the house.


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