Denise and Lindsay's Iris

Denise and Lindsay's Iris
Photo by J Hulse

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Liza Doolittle writes:

I'd like to know about an inexpensive way to capture rain water from gutters into a container and use it to water the lawn and garden.


Hello there, Liza,

How's your dad, Alfred P.?  The last time I saw him he was passed out drunk at a bachelor party.  (That's a joke, folks.  These are characters in 'My Fair Lady'.  Liza and I were a part of a production of this Musical about a million years ago in high school.)  

What you're looking for, Liza, is a cistern.  A cistern is is a waterproof receptacle for holding liquids, usually water. Cisterns are often built to catch and store rainwater. Cisterns are distinguished from wells by their waterproof linings. Modern cisterns range in capacity from a few gallons to thousands of cubic feet, effectively forming covered reservoirs.  The picture above is the famous cistern El Jadida in Morocco. 

 Rain barrels are one type of cistern you could be familiar with.   The following website is a good resource for you.  It even has kits that will do everything a cistern CAN do. (I have not received any compensation for this recommendation.)
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