Last summer we ran into some serious water shortages here in North Texas. The first victims: lawns and landscaping. I’ve heard a lot of talk about rainwater collection, but my HOA will never allow me to place an above-ground barrel anywhere in sight of the public. Do any of you collect rainwater for non-potable use in the summer, and if so, how do you do it?
Assuming you have a pier-and-beam house, the Rainwater Pillow looks interesting. Pictured above, it’s a big bag that fits out-of-the-way underneath your home, filters any incoming water to reduce organics (and odor), and includes a pump to simplify getting the water back out for use.
I’ve also heard of similar systems (like this one) for slab-built homes, but the idea of storing water in the slab itself scares the crap out of me.
What do you think? Let us know in comments.
The Rainwater Pillow [Manufacturer]