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2013 is a Great Year to Fill Your Rainwater Tank

July 15, 2013

The 9.57 inches of rainfall that Atlanta received during the month of June was the fourth wettest month on record and is an astonishing amount of collection potential if you have a rainwater collection system.  Actually, June is just a microcosm of the current trend.  It has rained more in Atlanta in the first half of 2013 than all of last year’s 37.02” of rain.   From January to June 2013, it has rained 37.32 inches in Atlanta, which is enough for a big retail store like The Home Depot to collect and use over 2 million gallons of free rainwater depending on tank size and water demand at just one of its stores.  It has also been a visibly wet month of July as well with many festivities being cancelled on July 4th due to the inclement weather.  The Peachtree road race was run in the rain for the first time since 1994.  But, as most Atlantans see a lot of rain as a negative, I challenge each person who reads this blog to reframe your mindset and look at the rain as a huge positive.  The amount of rainfall that can be collected during really wet periods like this one and even during dry periods tells us two things.  First, it tells us that we really need to improve our urban infrastructure regarding storm water runoff and manage it on-site in an environmentally intelligent way.   With the new city of Atlanta Post Development Stormwater Ordinance mandating the first inch of rainfall to be captured on-site means that active rainwater collection systems can make a big difference especially in the middle of the summer heat.  Secondly, the large amounts of rainfall that we are seeing tells us that there is no better time than now to start collection rainwater from your own roof whether you’re a homeowner or business owner.  The collected rain can be used for a variety of summer applications including outdoor watering of vegetable gardens, car washing, automatic irrigation watering, pool top-off, as well as pond top-off and many more.  With all this water supply, indoor uses for toilet flushing, laundry and cooling tower make up can all be supplied by captured rainwater.  So, next time you see it raining in Atlanta which will most likely be tomorrow, think to yourself “how much could I be capturing right  now” and how much will this reduce my monthly water bill which is the highest anywhere in the nation.