Rainwater Harvesting

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Collecting Rainwater In Des Moines Is The Way To Save

If you’re going to recycle your water, you might as well do it in style!

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Rainwater Harvesting will not only make a positive impact on the environment, it will also make a positive impact on your wallet!

Our Rainwater Harvesting System is environmentally conscientious, fiscally responsible, and above all, beautiful! Many other rainwater harvesting systems consist of above-ground barrels, which are an eye sore. The guts and bolts of our system are hidden underground under a beautiful, totally unique rock and water display, built specifically for you!

How Does A Rainwater Harvest System Work?

Rainwater Harvest Step 1

Step 1

Rain Is Key For This Step

First, the rainwater hits the roof, collects, and rushes down the downspout

Rainwater Harvest Step 2

Step 2

Collection in Progress

Next, our rainwater is funneled into our basin, filling it up and collecting underneath the water feature, ready for use

Rainwater Harvest Step 3

Step 3

Reap Your Rewards

The final step is to use the water that we have harvested. This can occur in one of three ways:

  1. The water being used in the water feature itself, which recycles back into the basin
  2. The homeowner can use the water through a hose or sprinkler system
  3. If the water goes unused, it will flow into the overflow release and disperse evenly into the soil, drastically minimizing the chances of flooding.

Ready To Get Started On A Pondless Water Feature Project?

Rainwater Collection Installation Process

Rainwater Basin Location

  • The location of the feature is chosen based not only on where would be best aesthetically, but also where would it function most efficiently and effectively.
  • Factors such as gutter drain locations, where water typically collects in the yard, and where harvested water is most needed are factors taken into the decision making process.

Let the Digging Begin!

  • A large hole is dug in order to house the inner workings of the system, such as a rubber liner, Aquablocks, an overflow release, and pumps.
  • The basin is first lined with a rubber liner in order to be able to hold water.
  • Next, we incorporate the house’s downspout from the gutters to flow into the basin.
  • We then set the pump and related tubing in the lowest end of the hole.
  • After, we fill the hole with large hollow Aquablocks in order to create a platform to build on that can still hold water.
  • We then put a cloth pad and a generous layer of rocks and gravel in order to filter out debris
  • A feature of the homeowner’s choosing, an urn or a waterfall, is then installed or built in order to work with the underground systems.
  • We also install an overflow basin underground for surplus water to even disperse through to avoid flooding

Start practicing your Rain Dance!

  • With a little rain, the homeowner is now ready to put their harvested water to good use!

Why Do I Need A Rainwater Harvesting System?

  • What is the water that I collect able to be used for?
    • The water that we collect is meant for outdoor uses such as gardening or a sprinkler system. A hose can also be incorporated into the system, expanding the possibilities further. You can use this water to hose off a patio, wash your car, or have a slip and slide on the Fourth of July!
  • How much water can I expect to collect?
    • One inch of rainfall on a 2,500 square foot residential roof generates over 1,500 gallons of water that can be stored and used. That same roof in a region receiving 36 inches (Des Moines’ average) of annual rainfall generates 56,250 gallons of reusable water.
  • How much will it actually effect my water usage?
    • Seventy percent of water that is used at home is used outdoors. In the United States, the average 10,000 square foot lot uses up to 3,000 gallons of water weekly for landscape irrigation alone; Simply running a sprinkler for 2 hours can use up to 500 gallons of water. On average, 66,175 gallons of water are used outdoors per household, per year. A person in Des Moines with 2,500 square feet of roof could cover 85% of this using harvested rainwater alone.