Rain Gardens – Harvesting The Rain

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rain-harvest   Catching and using the water from rainstorms is a procedure as old as the wind but one that seems to be gaining some new enthusiasts. There are even websites dedicated to saving the rain. Some rain gardens have a network of pipes that carry water from downspouts to distant parts of the landscape. Others have various ways to capture the rain from the roof and store it for later use. I would think this will work better in climates that have at least occasional rain through the spring, summer and fall. The main problem is that most of the World’s dry spaces that would benefit from this have distinct rainy and dry seasons.

For example where we live, except for the rare thunderstorm, it does not rain from April to November. To store enough water to make a difference here, you would have to have an Olympic swimming pool sized storage tank under ground to pump out of all summer. If you live where it can rain at any time of the year, then things like rain barrels are a viable option. In dry climates, saving the rain from the wet season just does not seem to work on the individual consumer level. But then again, I suppose our system of capturing winter moisture in lakes and reservoir and then releasing it for use in the summer is a form of rain harvesting. Unfortunately the dams often used for this are big impediments to healthy salmon populations here in the Northwest U.S.

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Will Sig
1 Gita

You are absolutely right. Effective rain gardens are very dependent on climate issues. Location of the garden, the way it is designed, the soil amendments and plant selection are just a few factors that vary with geographic location and typical rainfall amounts. Rain Gardening in the South: Ecologically Designed Gardens for Drought, Deluge & Everything in Between is a how-to guide for home gardeners in the southern USA. It details design, installation and maintenance of rain gardens, with particular attention to southern US regions. In bookstores or at http://www.enopublishers.org.

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2 Bob

No kidding, our company had tons of consultants in to all the properties for our going green project, one of the most recommended improvements was some type of rainwater harvesting.

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3 Gina Alajar

This is really helpful for environmentalists. I totally agree that we should save the rain.

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4 Anna

Hey Will I read an article somewhere that one prof from University of Toronto proposed this big pipe line and processing plants for fresh water to be distributed in Africa from across other continents, because the water in Africa is so contaminated that lot of children die from diseases. I think that is great idea. So same probably be nice for you, where there are floods why not pump somewhere else. Just an idea, may be in the future. Anna 🙂

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5 Anonymous

Rain gardens are good option for places that don’t get much rain for parts of the year. The plants absorb and retain the water.
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