Harvester of…..Water

By Seton
October 4, 2010 on 2:56 pm | In Announcements, Giving Back, Water | 2 Comments
Yes, my small tribute to Metallica. As you may know, or not know, we made the commitment at the end of last year to install a rainwater harvesting system on our building. Fast forward 10 months and our water harvesting system is finally being installed. Being in Tucson, Arizona we don’t exactly get a ton of rain and when we do it usually comes so fast that most of it runs off (Tucson is in the Sonoran Desert – home of the Saguaro cactus – and we have two rainy seasons, February-mid April and July-mid September that combine for a total of 12″ of rainfall per year).
Water Harvesting - future location of one of the 18,000 gallon tanks

Water Harvesting - future location of one of the 18,000 gallon tanks

In order to better utilize this precious commodity we are installing two 18,000 gallon tanks on our building, which will be used to supply water for our plants and washing the TriSports.com truck and trailer.
Here is a view of the Water Harvesting plans of one of the tanks.

Here is a view of the Water Harvesting plans of one of the tanks.

Throughout the year we should be able to harvest a combined total of 100,000+ gallons of rainfall PLUS we have are routing the air conditioner condensation and swamp cooler cycled water (we have auto cleaning swamp coolers) into the system as well.
Here is a scale rendering to give you an idea on the size of these tanks.

Here is a scale rendering to give you an idea on the size of these tanks.

Time will tell what we will be able to harvest but we will certainly keep you updated. In addition to this system we have removed quite a bit of concrete from the front of our building to make way for additional plants, vines and trees.
Fresh concrete aggregate to match our building covers the new pipes connecting the tanks.

Fresh concrete aggregate to match our building covers the new pipes connecting the tanks.

Tank walls waiting to be assembled on site.

Tank walls waiting to be assembled on site.

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  1. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to see it in action.

    Comment by Alan B — October 5, 2010 #

  2. YES!! THANK YOU! This is an issue that builders in Tucson balk at every year; your example of dedication to site-based conservation may help spur other businesses in the area to take the step too.

    Comment by Alicia — October 6, 2010 #

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