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The Beginner’s Guide to Harvesting Rainwater

Everything you need to know about harvesting rainwater in your own backyard.

August 29, 2017

Rain to Table

Through an incredible Edible Baja Arizona series called Rain to Table, Watershed Management Group Executive Director Lisa Shipek has been teaching our readers how to harvest rainwater in their own backyards since March. Harvesting rainwater is not only necessary for a sustainable future, but can also help you save money on your water bill. Start with the first Rain to Table article to learn how to create your own water budget. Then, learn how to harvest rainwater by planting a rain garden, tapping into graywater, and installing cisterns.

Rain to Table, Part I

Did you know that eighty-five percent of Tucson’s water supply comes from the Colorado River? Learn why we cannot continue to rely on the Colorado River as our main water source. Then, use Watershed Management Group’s nifty tool to calculate your own local water budget and get started on harvesting water in your own backyard!



Rain to Table, Part II

According to Shipek, “Installing a rain garden should be a rite of passage for living in the Sonoran Desert.” Learn how to create a rain garden that allows native desert plants to thrive on rainfall alone. Then, watch your yard come alive with palo verde trees, prickly pear cacti, and helpful critters like bees and butterflies.

Rain to Table, Part III

In the last part of Shipek’s Rain to Table series, you’ll learn how to harvest rainwater most effectively using rainwater harvesting tanks. Then, you’ll be able to use the water you harvest for your veggie garden, in-home use, or a container garden. No matter how you use your harvested rainwater, you’ll make a difference in the community and on your water bill!


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