Nicole and Henry: water stewards

“We created a system that embodies the idea of using the rainwater we’re given for free. It gives us better drainage and it’s good for both the plants and the earth.”  Nicole and Henry

Nicole and Henry Rasmussen installed a series of rain water collection systems on their property. One is located at the front of their home to water the garden. Another is connected to a diverter that directs rain water underground  in case of overflow. Two more downspouts in the the backyard feed into two 1,000L cisterns, elevated on concrete blocks to increase the water pressure. Rain barrels connected to the cisterns have an electric pump that is used to help with irrigating their extensive gardens. Any excess overflow from the cisterns flows into a 3m x 8m rain garden where it can soak into the ground naturally.

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