Per every 1,000 square feet of roof space, nearly 600 gallons of water can be collected from one inch of rainfall. For example, if you have a 4,000 square foot roof, you can expect to collect up to 2,400 gallons from one inch of rainfall.
Yes, gutters gather the rainwater from the edge of your roof into the collection piping. Six-inch “K”/ogee or 6-inch box gutters with screens are the best option for rainwater harvesting. The screens keep debris out and the gutter size ensures that as much water as possible is captured and routed into the rainwater system.
The answer depends on usage for the water. On average, a two-person household, not including water for landscaping, generally uses around 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of water a month, or 24,000 to 36,000 gallons of water a year. This household would need a tank that holds a 10-month supply of water. If rainwater is the sole water supply for this household and rainfall occurs periodically throughout the year, a 20,000 to 30,000 gallon tank would be the recommended size of your storage tank.
Tank sizes vary in capacity from 20,000 to 65,000 gallons. All residential Pioneer Water Tanks are 7 feet, 2 inches tall. Silo tanks are typically 7 feet, 6 inches at the walls. The total height including the roof depends upon the roof style selected. The diameter of any tank ranges from 11 feet for a 5,000 gallon tank to 39 feet, 6 inches for a 65,000 gallon tank.
No. For most installations, we install submersible pumps that are in the water tank. We install external pumps when the infrastructure already exists for the pump to be adequately housed, or when it makes the most sense to install an external pump in an area such as a barn or garage. The filters and UV treatment unit are typically installed in a protected area like a barn, workshop or garage.
No. Each submersible pump that Cqure Water installs includes a riser pipe that carries water from the pump to an area under the roof of the tank at the access hatch. A quick-connect fitting allows easy removal for the pump through the hatch. Since there is only one connection to the pump and it’s inside the water, there is little risk of a pump leak that could cause loss of stored water. The pump is also protected from freezing, overheating, vandalism, animals, insects and UV damage from sunlight.
Rainwater harvesting requires little maintenance by the homeowner. The majority of the maintenance tasks are needed annually and can be performed by Cqure Water as part of an annual service agreement. Tasks that a homeowner might do include sediment and carbon filters to be changed every six months. Also, an inlet basket assembly on the rainwater harvesting tank should be cleaned a few times a year. The low-point on all “wet” systems to should be drained occasionally when it hasn’t rained in a long time, or if there’s freezing weather in the forecast. The rest of the maintenance is just observation: checking the condition of the gutters, screens, and downspouts; watching for unusual overflows during rain events; and keeping an eye on the water level.
Yes, you can. We often work with clients who want to supplement their well water storage. See our well water surface storage page for more information. While it is possible to connect city water, this is not a service that Cqure Water provides at this time. The process is complicated and requires an RPZ backflow device to be installed by a licensed master plumber.
Yes, and this type of installation is something we often do. We will conduct a site visit with the owner/residents of the property to gather all the necessary information to design and quote a turnkey rainwater harvesting system. We take special care to work around existing utilities, and preserve hardscape and landscape features.
Installation time depends on the type of project and the scope of work. Installing at an existing residence takes more time than a new construction. Some projects can be completed within a few weeks, while others can take three to six months depending on new construction timeline and scheduled trades.
Unfortunately, Cqure Water does not offer financing at this time. We have looked into several home improvement financing options but have not found a viable solution. Our clients are usually better served by using a home equity line of credit.
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Cqure Water offers a variety of rainwater collection and storage systems for rural homeowners and ranches in Central Texas. We provide a secure water supply for your home and family, giving you peace of mind in knowing you have a sustainable water source that is safe and delicious to consume.