South Carolina man goes green with rainwater collection systems
Monday, May 12, 2014
Posted by: Melonie Walter
from the Post & Courier
by Warren L. Wise
Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014
The average annual rainfall in Charleston is a little more than 51 inches, water that generally seeps into the sandy soil or runs off into storm drains, creeks and rivers.
But Marty Morganello of Folly Beach believes a lot of it is going to waste and can be used to help homeowners and businesses conserve water for gardens and livestock when the rain doesn't fall.
Through his Lowcountry Rain Harvesting firm, Morganello sets up water collection systems at homes, businesses or schools to gather rain running off roofs and direct it to enclosed barrels.
At his home, he has set up different collection points. he main one consists of four 50-gallon barrels made of 60 percent recycled plastic on a raised platform at the back of his Oak Island Drive home. A downspout from the gutter is connected to the barrels, funneling rainwater into the 200-gallon cistern. The barrels are enclosed so debris can't enter and they won't breed mosquitoes.
When setting up systems, Morganello tries to put them out of sunlight to avoid algae growth. The system is not set up to allow water for drinking because it doesn't have a filter. Water running off roofs can pick up bird droppings, dust and whatever else is up there.
When thunderstorms roll through, the barrels can fill up, so an overflow line is attached, directing extra water through an underground 1-inch pipe into a small rain garden.
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