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When the rains do come, will you be ready? Tanks containing precipitation go back thousands of years. Now that we've found water on the moons of Jupiter, it’s bizarre that so few people know how to harvest the rain. Fortunately, it’s not rocket science.
Starting with an overview of three basic approaches — at grade, underground, or partially buried — we’ll move swiftly into a description of the five functions of cistern systems: collection, conveyance, filtration, storage and distribution. By lunchtime, we will have explored types of tanks and various options and accessories. In the afternoon, participants will build a cistern system (thanks to http://www.rainharvestingsupplies.com) at Richland College’s state-of-the-art recycling center. The day will end with an extended Q and A followed by Nate Downey's "List of Cistern Dos and Don'ts."
Given our years-long drought, it's hard to think of a more practical or important workshop. Why not get ready for the next big rain?
At home, in our backyards, in the workplace, regionally, nationally and internationally, his work addresses what he calls “changescapes,” “permapatterns,” and “permaDesign” — providing practical and visionary ways to be productive and add value to our lives, homes, communities and environment.
Downey says enough rain falls to provide ample water for everyone. “We simply have to collect, store, distribute and reuse a small percentage of that which falls from the sky. Fortunately, this way of saving the world comes with perks such as increasing your property's value, lowering your utility bills or simply creating a comfortable oasis for conversation just outside the kitchen door.”
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