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Julia

“My biggest RainWise surprise: I thought I’d want to screen the big cisterns, but now I’m proud to show them off!”

“Ever since I joined Sustainable Ballard about six years ago, I’ve been sustainable-izing my home and life on all fronts – replacing lawn with edible gardens, plugging energy leaks, re-upping my commitment to living car-free, planting more fruit trees. Getting RainWise was a natural next step!

I decided to really go for it. My RainWise installation captures rain water from my whole house as well as from my carport and garage – over 2000 square feet of roof area. I have a rain garden that’s fed by four cisterns, and with a fifth cistern out back, I’m capturing over 1,400 gallons.

Why capture all that water? I can use it to water my gardens in the summer, and it’s great for emergency preparedness, too.

RainWise is a win-win-win, and I’m happy to be part of the Ballard RainWise family!
-Julia

 

This super-cistern holds 620 gallons. It can water the plantings in the driveway all summer long.
This super-cistern holds 620 gallons. It can water the plantings in the driveway all summer long.
  • Rain Garden & Five Cisterns
  • Design and Installation by Bristow Enterprises
  • Over 2000sf Roof Runoff captured

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The cistern by the back fence captures rain water from the carport and garage.
The cistern by the back fence captures rain water from the carport and garage.
Edible rain garden: Fresh alpine
Edible rain garden: Fresh alpine “pineapple” strawberries in November! Plus blueberries, red strawberries, and herbs.