Rainwater Harvesting on This Old House

February 8, 2007

Innovative Water Solutions had a tremendous opportunity of working on the Austin House for This Old House. We installed a 1,200 gallon rainwater harvesting system. The system collects rainwater from all of the downspouts around the house using a “wet” system. The rainwater collects into a galvanized metal cistern that has an epoxy liner. From there, a pump system pressurizes the rainwater in order to feed the irrigation system. When there is not enough rainwater to supply the landscape during the summer months in Austin, an auto-fill system keeps a minimum amount of municipal water in the cistern so that the pump system operates without any issues.

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Chris Maxwell-Gaines :I am a professional civil engineer and urban planner that focuses on creating impacting and sustainable projects by identifying all of the hidden water conservation opportunities available in a project. I am particularly interested in working within the realms of sustainable site planning, integrated water management and planning, and low impact development practices.