Rainwater Collection

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Rainwater Collection Lowers the Impact on a Coastal Site

Ebb and flow: Traditional architecture, new building methods, and rainwater collection combine to lessen a home’s imprint on its sensitive coastal site

Posted on Apr 30 2015 by Stephen Sullivan
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I was honored when longtime friend Laura Sewall invited me to design her house at Small Point, Maine. Set at the mouth of the Sprague River as it spills into the Atlantic, the site witnesses the daily ebb and flow of the ocean’s tides in a vast estuary. Laura saw this dramatic site, the setting for generations of family summer retreats, as a precious gift from her ancestors.


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  1. Fine Homebuilding

Build a Simple Rain Barrel

Irrigate your garden with water collected from your gutters. Basic tools and materials from your local hardware store are all you need for this backyard project

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Water, Water Everywhere

Rainwater collection industry makes a stand

Posted on Oct 11 2009 by Carl Seville

Having little knowledge and less experience in rainwater collection, it was a lucky break for me that the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association or ARCSA national conference was held in my hometown recently. It was so close, in fact, that I was able to ride my bike to the event. I heard several good presentations from pioneers in rainwater collection with very interesting theories that really made me think. Issues that were raised included the value of rainwater vs. gray-water reclamation; one speaker contended that rainwater was a better value.


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  1. Jon Naugle, Enterpriseworks

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