The Popovic Family: Building a Future
Goal: Oliver Popovic is a builder who specializes in eco-friendly homes. He custom built a family home in 2009 to accommodate three Popovic families. His spouse Andrea’s only request for their new home was “a place where she could grow fresh food.”
“It’s all part of conserving resources. We have a huge roof. Why not use it to our advantage?” Oliver Popovic
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Solution: Andrea has put her green thumb to good use in the 400 m2 organic garden. Watering the garden is convenient thanks to a 66,000L below ground cistern which was built underneath their back patio. The 6 foot deep concrete cistern captures rain water from all but a small section of the 680 m2 roof.
Other benefits: With their cistern, the Popovics are receiving the full 45% stormwater credit available from the City of Kitchener. Rain water from the cistern is also plumbed into the house for laundry use and flushing their toilets, saving the Popovics a significant amount on their utility bills. Any overflow from the cistern is directed to a weeping tile which gradually releases to the neighbourhood dry pond. By slowing the flow of rain during heavy storms the Popovics are helping to prevent flooding in downstream neighbourhoods, and erosion to our streams and rivers.