Flush For Free
Free? Really? Yes We Can. We can now use rainwater to flush your toilets, and wash your clothes. By using your rain all winter long we can cut your water use way down, without any significant impact on your home. No big tanks. Many homes need
NO TANK AT ALL.
AT MONTEREY RAINWATER WE BUILD WATER SYSTEMS THAT MAKE SENSE. THEY ARE COST EFFECTIVE, AND HIGHLY SYSTAINABLE.
Flush For Free/Water PRE-cycling is the next logical step in the movement to conserve water. Though we use many techniques to save water, the root of the system is still flawed. Our current system is to take all the water available on your property, dispose of it, and then buy it back. This happens to your rain, and the wastewater from your toilets,showers and washers. All of our available water is sent to Marina, cleaned up, and sold back to you at ever-increasing prices. Flush For Free/Water PRE-cycling is a system that captures your water right on your property and allows you to use it for free. We can't supply all of your water this way, but 25 to 30% is a reasonable estimate. With the tiered rate system, this could mean up to 50% in savings on your water bill. TheFlush For Free/ pre-cycling system addresses your two largest water wasters. By combining some recent techniques that have only now become available. One technique, is graywater irrigation, legal since 2010, and the other is rainwater catchment. Now rainwater catchment is nothing new, but using your rainwater to flush your toilets, and do your laundry, only became legal recently. Graywater systems are simple. The water from your showers, and your laundry, is sent outside to irrigate a thirsty landscape. Greywater irrigation systems are truly great because they provide a great deal of irrigation Free water when you need it most. Flush For Free/PRE-cycling comes in the form of rainwater. One of the main problems with rainwater catchment is the tanks. Water has volume, which in the past has meant that in order to have any worthwhile affect on your water bill, you needed large tanks. This was because BEFORE, you could only catch the water in the winter, and using it for irrigation in the summer. Water pre-cycling changes all that. By using the winter rains to flush your toilets, and wash your clothes, were able to fill and refill a much smaller tank, in fact we don't need to use a tank at all. We use a much smaller, less expensive rainwater catchment system, and refill it 5 to 10 times throughout the course of the rainy winter season. This combination of both systems is what can generate such huge savings. Graywater can save you 15 to 20% on your water bill, and using rainwater for your toilets can save you another 30 to 50% on your bill. All with very little impact on your property. The savings generated by these two systems, will pay for the systems, quickly, then provide you with 20 or more years of FREE WATER
RAINWATER QUICK FACTS
Most homes can collect enough rain to fill a large collection system, even during a drought year of only 8 in. of rain.
- How fast a rainwater system pays for itsself, usually depends on the size of the property.
- Rainwater can be used indoors, for washing laundry,and flushing toilets.
- Rainwater storage tanks do not need to sit close to the house. They can be hidden a good distance away, and bladder bag storage can even be placed securely in a crawl space, or even under a deck.
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Rainwater Collection For The Monterey Peninsula
Rainwater catchment, as far as Carmel Valley, and Monterey are concerned, is simply catching the rainwater hits the roof, and storing it for later use. This simple feat is performed by diverting your rainwater into a holding tank. In Carmel Valley and the Monterey area, our Mediterranean climate makes this process little trickier. Since it only rains four or five months out of the year, we can only catch the rain during this short season. More than enough rainwater falls in our winter months, enough for excellent rainwater catchment, we just need a place to put it all. This means storage, and a lot of it, at least 2500 gallons to last long dry growing season. The Carmel Valley, Monterey homeowner has pretty much the same problem as Cal-Am, just on a smaller scale. There's plenty of water, we just let it all flow away. The numbers are easier than you would think. Most homes are capable of capturing more than 10,000 gallons of water per season. So don't worry about having enough water to collect, there's more than enough water hitting your property, even during the drought, there's more water than most systems can store. On the other end, many homes need much more than 20,000 gallons of irrigation water every season, again, much more than you can store. So the one number that really matters is storage. How much storage makes sense for you.
The process of rainwater catchment is straightforward enough. First, the source of the water is examined. The roof, of course, is the place to start. The location of trees and the debris they produce needs to be considered, as does the design of the roof, and of course, the gutter system becomes more important as they channel the water towards the collection point. Next, the tank site needs to be chosen. It needs to be stable, then aesthetics of the tank site needs to be considered, but aesthetics can easily be addressed by proper design. The simple solution such as using a small tank by the house and keeping the major storage further away is very effective. Also camouflaging the tank through various means, such as fencing, screens, trellises with plants, or even an artistic paint job can make the tank practically disappear.