By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaPeople have collected rainwater in barrels and buckets forgenerations. Today, a more sophisticated rain harvesting systemcan provide homeowners and their landscapes insurance againstwater bans.”Collecting water or harvesting rain has been done throughouthistory when water is scarce,” Paul Morgan said. “What’sdifferent now is the way we do it.”Morgan, operator of RainHarvest Company of Snellville, Ga.,specializes in systems that allow homeowners to collect “almostevery drop of rainwater” that hits their roofs.Metal roofs are best when it comes to rain collection. “You losea lot of water when it runs across an asphalt shingled roof,”Morgan said.Stored UndergroundHere’s how the system works. Rain falling on the roof ischanneled through the gutters by pipes that lead to anunderground collection tank or cistern. The water is stored thereuntil the homeowner chooses to use it for landscaping needs. Atthat time, an electric pump brings the water to the surface.”Our goal is to collect every bit of rainwater that falls on asite,” Morgan said. “That’s impossible, but it’s still our goal.”During an average rainfall, rain-harvesting systems collect abouttwo-thirds of a gallon of water for every square foot of roof, hesaid.”If it rains once a week, you’ll collect enough water to irrigatemost home landscapes,” he said.Seeing rain water “lost” prompted Morgan to expand has landscapebusiness to include rain harvesting.”I saw a lot of water running down the street, and I saw it as aresource that should be saved and used,” he said. “I also saw theChattahoochee (River) turn orange every time we had a heavy rain,and I thought about how we could prevent this and reduce a lot oferosion if we captured rain water.”Over the past two years, Morgan has installed three home rainharvesting systems. He is installing his first commercial systematop the horticulture building at the Griffin campus of theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.Demonstration Site”Our site will serve as a demonstration project,” said WayneGardner, head of the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture. “We planto install landscaping around the building in nine differentzones, with each zone having different water needs. And therainwater will be, chemically, a much better product for theplant materials.”UGA researchers view this system as yet another way to combatGeorgia’s drought conditions and conserve water.”Above all, we are searching for long-term solutions to usingthis precious commodity,” Gardner said. “One day our state’sdrought is going to break, and when it does, we are still goingto have water issues to face in Georgia.”The crew installing the rain harvesting system uncovered drasticproof of our state’s drought conditions.The Drought Runs Deep”We dug down 9 feet to put in the water collection tank and foundno moisture at all,” Gardner said. “We’ve gotta have rain. Andit’s going to take a lot of moisture to get us back to where weneed to be.”Besides rain from the gutters, the rain harvesting system inGriffin also collects condensation from the building’s air-conditioning units. In just one day, the system collected 30gallons of water from the UGA building’s three air-conditioningunits.”We can also link to ice maker drains and refrigerator andfreezer drains,” Morgan said.The unit is equipped with a gauge that shows how much water hasbeen collected.”We have a 1,700 gallon-collection tank, and when it fills up, anoverflow value opens,” Gardner said. A filtration system keepsdebris from collecting in the underground tank.Morgan feels more people will become interested in the concept asthe drought worsens.Water Ban Insurance”When total outdoor water bans hit, I think people will be morereceptive to this idea,” he said. “I think of it as insurance. Ifyou own a business and you just put in $70,000 worth of plantsand the city says you can’t water, what do you do?”Morgan says a typical home rain harvesting system costs about$3,000.”Right now, water costs $3 for a thousand gallons, so peoplearen’t apt to run out and put in a rain harvesting system,” hesaid.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOptions Pregnancy Center is already off to a great start. The organization hosted their “Michigan’s Biggest Baby Shower.”Locals brought in items to help the center provide materials for future expecting parents. Clients never pay a dime when they come to the center. Hosting the event Pastor of the Alpena Free Methodist Church wanted to show his support to allow others in the community to get involved as well.The center hopes to provide ultrasounds for expecting families in the future. But right now they need volunteer help. If you would like to get involved or need assistance, contact Options Pregnancy Center at 989-354-6089.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Sexual Assault Hotlines Increase in Northern MichiganNext Alcona County board members vote to oppose LGBT protections ordered by Governor Whitmer
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error POSTSEASON HOME RUNS AND DODGER STADIUMThe chart below shows the home runs at Dodger Stadium in the postseason with the red dots highlighting the eight home runs hit in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Two of the home runs would would have landed in the outfield of Minute Maid Park.LONG-BALL HITTERSAverage home run distance for select Dodgers and Astros during the 2017 season Dodger Stadium and Minute Maid Park are vastly different in terms of outfield dimensions. Fueled in part by the high temperatures brought on by this week’s blast-furnace heat wave in Southern California, the ball flew out of Dodger Stadium at a record-setting rate Wednesday night. The Dodgers and Astros combined for eight home runs in Game 2, a World Series record.Now, the Series shifts to Houston’s Minute Made Park for Friday’s Game 3. It’s 315 feet down the left-field line in the quirky confines at Minute Maid. Will the homer-mad pace continue?A closer look at the dimensions of both ballparks, and some of the crazy power being generated by the Dodgers and Astros: