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Raverock Barn Water Catchment

Ric and I drove around to the Bill Pyles’–Volunteer Fire Chief– house in tiny Romeroville to purchase a second 1600 gallon cistern. (We already had one lurking near the barn.) It was too big too strap to our truck so Jamie hauled it the following evening once again through mud. He is good at mud driving.

According to Bill, who knows the formula, our capacious roof should be able to collect 800 gallons of water from one inch of rain or ten inches of snow melt. Terrific!  My goal has been to get the catchment in place before the winter snow in the hope of harvesting enough snow melt and rain to provide for the coming needs of earth floor construction and possibly a portion of summer retreat next year.


Ric and Jamie had two hours to get a large PVC  pipe, mounted below the gutter for the gutter to drain into, as well as the fittings onto the cistern before the sun set. They worked steadily as the light dropped lower and lower.



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    1. You GO, girl! Amazing. Gorgeous. Cannot wait to get back up to see it for myself.

      October 13, 2011
      • I feel the same way! 8>) Cisterns are my new addiction. Now that I have two I want two more. 6000 gallons of rain & snow water would be better than 3000. Also now that I;’m using NYC water with all its chlorine, I really feel how much purer rain is. So soft on the skin. So light. The chlorine is drying me out far more than the desert air ever has.

        October 13, 2011
    2. You’ve inspired me to get my butt in gear on my own collection. I did get another 450 gallons installed under my deck in these Rainwater Hogs ( added to my 250 in recycled tamari barrels. But my annual roof capacity is 32,000 with average rainfall (not that we’ve had that the last two years). I’m gonna move it to the front burner for this fall.

      October 22, 2011
      • Deda, thanks for the link. Those look really nifty, especially for a small space. I love the sound of recycled tamari barrels. How do you calculate the annual roof capacity?

        October 23, 2011

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