Be a Leader. Install a Rain Tank!

Would you believe that this diagram represents what you can capture with just one inch of rain? Pretty impressive, huh?

Capturing stormwater is rapidly becoming part of the new LA lifestyle. After all, why use drinking water on your yard when you can harvest the rain for FREE? But before you make a purchase, do your research. It may be in your best interest to hire a landscape contractor to offer guidance tailored to your needs.

First, ask yourself these TWO questions to determine if this is a simple DIY project or if it’s time to call in a contractor.

1. How MUCH water do I want to collect?

Connecting four rain barrels is a simple DIY project, bringing in about 200 gallons of water when full. If you’re interested in this simple solution, one of our free rainwater harvest workshops is a perfect place to get all the info you need. 

However, if you’re interested in joining the cutting edge to not just cut down on your irrigation needs, but also contribute to flood protection with a bigger tank , it’s time to bring in a contractor. After all, water is heavy. It’s important to have a landscape professional install your tanks in order to ensure safety in case of an earthquake or other natural disasters.

2. What’s the BEST way for me to get the most bang for my buck?

There are plenty of rebates available for people interested in installing rain barrels or tanks. However, if you want to be an early adopter and go with a tank, a contractor will help you determine how to get the greatest results for your money, based on your yard space and the amount of water you can feasibly capture on your property.

If you think it’s time to call a contractor, visit the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association to find an accredited professional to assist with your project.

No matter which path you choose, now is the time to take action! Capturing rainwater is no longer simply an option. It’s a lifestyle choice we all must pursue responsibly to develop a water-secure city!

By Erika Abdelatif

Erika Abdelatif is TreePeople’s Social Media and Digital Content Manager. When she isn't creating a climate-resilient LA via the Facebook, she's probably writing in a coffee shop, infesting the internet with memes, or watching an open mic.