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SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED – The Hands-On Handbook 4 DROUGHT REMEDY?


Los Angeles Experiment Points to the Potential of Rain Harvesting


AVG. NUMBER OF RAIN EVENTS IN LOS ANGELES EACH YEAR: 18


AVG. ANNUAL RAIN POTENTIAL PER HOUSE: 9,600 gallons (assumes 1,000 sq. ft. of roof)


AMOUNT SAVED IF ALL OF THE 800,000 RESIDENTS INSTALLED ONE BARREL: 800 million gallons SOURCE: LOS ANGELES TIMES


Build a distribution box. The author created this water junction box from a cat litter container, and used a 3” male PVC drain to attach it to the 2” PVC (below). Note that the drain is slightly raised at the bottom of the container so that fi ne silt doesn’t drain in to the barrels.


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Back to basics: The author had to support his improvised catchment with blocks, after it began to shake violently during a downpour. He’s working on a pre-fi lter that will keep more fi ne debris out of the barrels.


Continued on next page Project courtesy of Michael Lindsley


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