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Mark and Kathleen

This 205-gallon cistern saves water in the summer, and releases water gradually during winter storms.
This 205-gallon cistern saves water in the summer, and releases water gradually during winter storms.

“Our friend Jim Bristow, who is also a contractor, made us aware of the RainWise program. After touring the website, we determined that our high garden walls made a rain garden impossible, so we focused on cisterns.

We have twin tanks on the east side of the house, a single tank on the north side and a tall slim tank on the south side. With all these tanks we control the runoff from the entire roof. Two of them have first-flush filters (see photo at left) that reduce the amount of debris from the roof that gets into the tanks – important because we water our edible garden in the summer from these cisterns.

So far the system has worked well for retaining water for the gardens in the summer months and for buffering storm flows in the winter. You do hear them gurgling during downpours, but it’s a very friendly sound!”
– Mark & Kathleen

 

  • 4 cisterns
  • Designed by Bristow Enterprises
  • 100% rebate

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This 620-gallon cistern and the other three tanks add up to over 1,300 gallons of water saved on site. (What are the posts? The cistern is earthquake-prepared!)
This 620-gallon cistern and the other three tanks add up to over 1,300 gallons of water saved on site. (What are the posts? The cistern is earthquake-prepared!)

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