Recycling rooftop rainwater:anyone have experience with this in the NYC Tri-state urban area

looking for not-too- expensive tank/spigot systems to tap off roof leader for garden irrigation.

  • December 19 2008 - Brooklyn
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Make sure you store your water on a solid foundation.  Although more expensive you can always install a pump system to push the water back up (although I have no experience with pumping water into a multi-story building).  A very large percentage of homes on the Big Island (Hawaii) use water catchement for their source of water and filter systems are good enough to create drinkable water. 

If you google "catchement system" or "catchement water" you should be able to find an expert to help you with your specific situation.
  • December 21 2008
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I would not reccomend storing the water on your roof... the weight of water is extreme. Instead, use gutters and spouts to route it where you want it. It isn't this simple though, unless you use the water quickly, it could grow a ton of algae etc in it stored untreated...
  • December 21 2008
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You should check out the blog at GreenBuildingsNYC

there are lots of local experts who can help you.




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  • December 19 2008
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