Ready for Rain Barrels, San Diego?
The local San Diego television and radio stations keep reporting about the big El Nino coming this winter. We even wrote a blog post about El Nino last month. (Do not forget to get your lawn drains checked for root blockages to avoid water running into your home!) We also just wrote about how the city of San Diego water’s department will be increasing rates by more than 40% in the next five years. Conservation advocates Perry Plumbing Heating & Air recommends capturing all the rainwater you can, while you can, because global warming will outlast El Nino, driving water prices up year over year.
Did you know the city of San Diego will refund up to $75 per rain barrel with a cap of $400 per family? This means you can get most of your rain barrel system for free! This water conservation measure could be a boon for your family. You can water your lawn, garden or xeriscape for months without turning on the sprinkler system that uses the city’s water.
Learn more about the Residential Rainwater Harvesting (Rain Barrel) Rebate Program at the sandiego.gov website. It is offering $1 for every 1 gallon of rain barrel storage capacity. The minimum rain barrel size is 50 gallons, but standard rain barrels are 75 gallons. The rebate cap is $400, which gets you five 75-gallon rain barrels.
Is the Effort Worth It?
Consider this: a roof measuring 20 x 50 (size of modest San Diego home) collects 625 gallons of water every time one inch of rain falls. Even minor San Diego cloudbursts of ¼ inch of rain can collect 156 gallons of rain (or two 75-gallon rain barrels). The water department tells us that in the summer, a xeriscaped lawn takes about .5 gallons per square foot per month. For a 200 square foot lawn, this amounts to 100 gallons per month. The quarter inch of rain for the month waiting in the rain barrel could easily be used, with 50 gallons left over!
Just One Rain Barrel? Why Not Use a Rainwater Harvesting System?
A typical residential rainwater harvesting system consists of a few basic elements:
- a collection area (usually a roof)
- a system to capture the water (gutters and downspouts)
- a system to distribute the water
- a system to filter the water (optional)
- a storage tank (optional)
Keep in mind that state and local regulations prevent the use of rainwater for reuse as drinking water; therefore, this guide focuses on the reuse of captured rainwater for outdoor uses only, mainly landscape irrigation.
Ask Perry Plumbing Heating & Air About Rainwater Harvesting Systems
With 38 years as San Diego’s plumbers for commercial and residential clients, we have done all we can to help homeowners and businesses conserve water. We listen carefully to our clients’ needs, and work hard to deliver long-lasting plumbing heating and air solutions that contribute to the value of the home. To explore just how Team Perry helps you make the most aggressive water saving upgrades, call us at 619-472-2112 or schedule service here. Our technicians are licensed, bonded, insured, and friendly. We look forward to hearing from you!