Q: I am building a new house and thinking about rainwater collection. What considerations and provisions do I need to make and when?

A: The sooner the better!  We can work with your architect and/or builder to ensure that the provisions for your rainwater system are in place.  The most common considerations are: tank placement, roof type, elevations, pump and filtration location, electrical needs, guttering requirements, and plumbing configurations in the house.

Q. How much rainwater can I collect from my roof?

A: You can collect approximately 0.6 gallons per 1 square foot of roof per 1 inch of rain. (For example, a 2,000 square foot roof will collect approximately 1,000 gallons from 1 inch of rain.

Q. What type of roof is required for rainwater collection?

A. For potable water supply, a metal or clay tile roof is required. However, if you are collecting rainwater for irrigation or non-potable use, any roof type would be acceptable.

Q. How many gallons of rainwater do I need to collect to sustain my household year round?
A. The average person consumes between 30 and 50 gallons of water per day, or 1,500 gallons per month. The trick is to have enough storage capacity to last through the "dry season", which is about three months out of the year in Central Texas.
Q. Why should I collect and use rainwater?
A. There are a number of benefits for rainwater collection. First and foremost would be the excellent quality of rainwater - with no hardness or dissolved minerals, it is the perfect water. Another key is the peace of mind in having your own self-sustaining water supply that is easily accessible to you and your family. Lastly, conservation just makes good sense.