Multi-Use Rainwater Collection

     
 
 
  • Rain Bench tips & tricks
     
      http://www.secondrain.com/2015/04/rain-bench-tips-tricks/
  • retrofit: Rain Collecting Cap
     
      http://www.secondrain.com/2015/03/retrofit-rain-collecting-cap/
  • Cedar Rain Bench update
     
      http://www.secondrain.com/2011/06/cedar-rain-bench-update/
  • the natural way to harvest rain...
     
      http://www.secondrain.com/2011/05/thecheapest-way-to-harvest-rain/
  • creative outdoor living designs
     
      http://www.secondrain.com/2011/04/creative-outdoor-livin-designs/
  • Self watering square foot garden
     
     130 gallon rainwater reservoir automatically waters your garden from below, fills from rain http://secondrain.com/2011/03/self-watering-garden-2-0/
  • the WaterShed
     
     A garden shed with rainwater storage built into the walls http://secondrain.com/2011/03/watershed/
  • cedar rain bench
     
     an example of how nice rain water harvesting can look... 260 gallons of useful (seating), beautiful (cedar) multi-use landscape elements http://www.secondrain.com/2011/01/cedar-rain-bench/

Our mission is to make rainwater harvesting feasible and attractive to every homeowner, in a way you can use…

Like storing 600 gallons of rainwater without 1 tank or barrel… (you may have seen one of our cedar “Rain Bench®” DIY designs on a recent episode of Tiny House Nation)

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Example?  Try this:

  1. Build the above Cedar Rain Benches, fill ’em up with the next 1″ of rain,*
  2. Water a 10’x10′ garden with it for 2 months without ANY rain*
  3. You now have equal to 11 rain barrels (without the barrels) AND some beautiful outdoor seating!

* a 25′ x 40′ house with the above Rain Benches, will fill with 600 gallons from a one 1″ rainfall, then apply 1″ of water per week to your garden from those benches, at 10 gallons/day for 60 days!

And get this, your city may help you pay for them

Here are just a few of the growing number of water rebates available:   Limited Time, Rebates = Free Rain Benches!

65 gallon, 3' RainBenchFor example, Southern California’s Water$mart rebates would almost entirely pay for 3 standard Rain Bench® DIY kits (include instructions for a 65 gallon rain bench) AND the lumber to build them (about $340 total for kits from us and lumber purchased locally).  Then just follow the simple instructions included…

…and you have 3 rain benches holding 200 gallons of rainwater, for $40 total cost.

Watch a time lapse of building one (less than a minute…)

Most of our stuff is DIY.  Why?  Because it’s pretty simple and we think shipping tons of materials all over the country is unnecessary when you can do it with stuff in your own backyard.  And if you can’t do it yourself, chances are you know or could hire someone to build this for you…

Click here to learn more about the Tiny House Cedar Rain Bench® 

Want to inspire your neighbors to save water?  Our DIY Rainwater Guide is coming soon with some ridiculously cool rainwater projects for you


 … and when one barrel just isn’t enough

(turn DOWN your sound if you’re trying to be discrete!)

Nothing against rain barrels, they’re just not as easy to sit on…

“Wait a minute,” you may say,”Why harvest rainwater?

1. it’s free.  Use as much of it as you want.  (unless it’s illegal, then make sure it’s well hidden 😉  Did I type that out loud?

2. it’s easy.siennapuppy

3. your city or county will probably pay you to do it.

4. if your well pump or public supply is lost, you still have water.

5. it’s soft, good for washing and appliances (with filtration)

Sienna loves rainwater.  For washing, drinking, rolling and splashing in…

6.  Plants grow better with rainwater.  Way better.

a nice addition to any garden

Mom’s Rain Bench in the Garden

Just a few things to keep in mind:

  • Use care when storing rainwater on a deck.  It must be strong enough to hold a hot tub; water weighs a lot!

So after about 6 years of testing, tweaking and proving our DIY Rain Bench® kits, we are updating this site and adding a plethora of new designs in spring 2015, so check back in, and feel free to mosey around a bit.  Give us a call or email (contact page) if you have any questions at all…

and Have a Great Year!!

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