Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Rainwater




It's been raining for days now. We've been working on ways to keep all of this precious water on site. As long as this house has been here (100 years now) the water has flowed off our roof and through the yard straight back to our neighbor's basement. When they recently dug out yards and yards of dirt to put in a foundation I teased them that it was "all our topsoil". Since we're growing food in the garden now we need to keep that topsoil and that water here. We can't afford to just let it run off to the city storm drain or our neighbor's basement.

In the garden we slow it and sink it using swales to direct the water flow. From the the roof we collect it for use in the garden during the growing season. Our 1350 gallon rainwater catchment tank has been overflowing all Winter. It has been full since the first storm of the season. We need another tank. More on our rainwater catchment system soon. I've got to get the 'engineer' to do that blog entry.

Enjoy the rain while it lasts. As you can see our ducks certainly do!

7 comments:

Mathew said...

I'm madly in love with your water tank. I'm looking to buy a rainwater system soon- I'm looking for at least 600 gallon capacity, preferably in two tanks. Please let me know where you got the tank, and any other good leads you found in your research.


Thanks!

waehner - at - gmail.com

Nancy Lewis said...

I made a link to your blog from my website. I enjoy your writing and photography!

Where did you get your water tank?

Nancy at new urban gardens
(from M & T's party)

Urban Homesteaders said...

Hi Folks,

The tank came from Tank Depot. We found them online and they delivered right to our driveway. It couldn't have been easier...

Terrie said...

Just found your weblog, and it's really inspiring! I don't know where you find the time to blog and do all of these projects, but I hope you continue!

Jess said...

Thanks for the lessons in urban homesteading. Looking forward to learning more from you!

Jessica
www.practicalnourishment.com

Ivory Soap said...

I LOVE the ducks swimming in your ditch! HA!

Mojave Momma said...

That is such an awesome sight! Thank you for sharing the photos. I <3 your water tank too. Not sure if it would get use at our little homestead with less than 6" rain a year, but the concept is awesome.
Your duckies look so very happy.