By Brad Lancaster
This blog entry is reproduced with permission from www.HarvestingRainwater.com
Like much of the country, we are in a record drought with record heat that is drying us out even more; stressing many shade plants, and threatening our cooling soil-carbon sponges—so we should be doing all we can to capture and hold on to cooling, life-enhancing moisture.
But even as the summer rains have begun in some parts of my home of Tucson, Arizona; many people who have installed passive street-runoff harvesting earthworks are NOT ready to receive that free water because their basin inlets are clogged!
Are YOU ready or clogged?
More important points:
• Water flows downhill, so make sure the elevation of the entire bottom of your street-side basin (and the surface of any mulch within it) is well-below the street gutter and inlet elevation.
The deeper the basin the more water you can collect.
• See here for important elevation and slope relationships within street-side basins, and tips on how you can expand their capacity.
• Observe your street-side basin inlets during and after rains, and throughout the rainy season. Clean as necessary.
For more info
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