Can You Spot The Cistern? Harvesting Rain in the Northwest

Here in the great Northwest one of our greatest natural resources is rain. Increasingly home owners are becoming savvy about utilizing natural resources to reduce our environmental impact and save money at the same time.

Seattle averages 38 inches of rain each year, most of that falling between November and March. Come summertime most of us are turning on the hoses to keep our grass green and keep our potted plants alive. It would only make sense to harvest rain and use it during our dry months. Incredibly not many of us are actually investing in this simple system. Collecting rainwater for your home has multiple benefits: saving money, conserving water, preventing stormwater pollution, offering high-quality water for plant life, and earning green building credits.

Earth Systems NW, founded by Nikola Davidson and Clay Fife, is a perfect solution for homeowners. Their purpose is to help homeowners harvest rain for use on their property (yard irrigation and inside water supply) and improve poor drainage or flooding issues. What really sets Earth Systems NW apart is the fact that they design cisterns to “hide” in your yard. This attention to detail is appreciated; usually a homeowner doesn’t want to look at a 2000 gallon water collection system. Clients have hidden their systems under decks, in hedges or underground.

How many gallons of rainwater are you not collecting each year? Earth Systems NW has a handy Average Rainwater Calculator on their website to help you determine which size cistern would best suit your needs. Be sure to check out their photo gallery illustrating the various styles and designs that homeowners have installed.

If you are in Seattle stop by the Northwest Flower & Garden show (February 3-7) to view Earth Systems NW’s life-size water fence.

Image credit: Earth Systems NW