Man Collection Device in the front yard
Purple Water System installed in the back yard
"Whiskey is for drinking,
but water is worth fighting for."
~ Old West Saying
Carey did not stop with the
generation of electricity in her home. She decided to investigate the
possibilities of harvesting her own rainwater. Although it is well known
that it frequently rains in Portland, at least in the rainy season, getting
enough water in specific parts of Carey's garden required some watering in the
summer. She figured the idea of simply taking filtered roof runoff
collected in rain events, storing it, then using it when needed was her next
logical step in her clean, green dream home.
She first installed a
covered rain barrel in the small front yard.
The back yard is where Carey
does the majority of her home gardening, so her water demands are higher here.
The back yard system also takes filtered roof runoff from the
screen-covered gutters, collects it in one pipe, shown left, and delivers it to
a 550-gallon cistern. This tank is equipped with a first flush diverter
chamber that collects the first 15 gallons of the rain event, which has the
majority of environmental pollution including dust and what the neighborhood
birds might leave behind. There is a drip irrigation tube that automatically,
slowly empties the diverter.
This innovative and clever
system was designed and installed by Portland Purple Water Rainwater Systems.