Rain Catchment Systems

Rain Catchment Systems

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Jen DeRose
May 6, 2009

Is $2,000 worth it for a rain barrel system that's not as involved or expensive as underground cisterns, but slightly better-looking than an above-ground tank? A California writer weighs in on the pros and cons of her pricey decision...

Susan Carpenter tells in the LA Times about her decision (perhaps made hastily, she admits, due to a drought and the economy) to have two polyethylene container "fences" from the company WaterWalls installed on her property.

The containers store water and can channel roof runoff that can be used for irrigation. There's definitely an investment at more than $1,000 a piece, but Ms. Carpenter think they're built to last for at least 15 years, and is hoping it's an investment that will pay off.

Waterwalls offers three different models: the Eave which is designed to fit alongside a house; a freestanding version that acts as a fence; and the Fatboy, which is similar to the the Freestanding version, but double the thickness. Stormwater Sustainability, a company based in Malibu, California, also makes similar models.

Anyone have anything similar? Worth the price?

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