The City of Tucson Ward 5 office hired Drylands Design to install a 2,825 gallon, homeowner sized cistern with a 500 gallon overflow basin, and earthworks to mitigate ineffective scupper drainage. Dryland Design utilized artful placement of cisterns, advanced basin design, moisture enhancing mulch, embedded rockwork, skilled plumbing. The cistern filled in the first rain. In the next couple months, the overflow basin filled at least three times again providing an immediate return of at least 4,300 gallons of rainwater harvested. 1,500 of it directly into the soil and aquifer. In a separate location a rush of water from a scupper straight through the landscape to the parking lot is now channelled through over 60 feet of infiltration swales and basins, tripling the amount of time the rainwater in contact with the soil.
This project is currently underway (April 2017). A creative solution to catch roof rain water invisibly, thereby keeping architectural scuppers pristine. The collection basins and plumbing are hidden under rockwork. The underground plumbing carries the water to a cistern system further away. The property features 10,000 gallons of cistern storage that is pumped into a new irrigation system.
More earth, rock work, and plantings are coming soon.
This client is a self-described “miser with water.” A bold goal of this landscape is NO IRRIGATION! The main focus of the design are earthworks to plant the rain. It features a small dry cistern and wet cistern for rainwater storage. In this carefully engineered system, basins connect with other basins in a water management system. Mulch retains moisture in the soil longer. Solid, yet natural and aesthetically pleasing rockwork ensures the basins will last. Custom bridges play across the new topography. A landscape architect selected plant palette is both beautiful and water smart. These plants are easily thriving thanks to the new landscape’s ability to plant the rain! The owners enjoy even more time outside now as well as a noticeably increasing population of native birds and butterflies!
Water harvesting cisterns come in all shapes, sizes and materials. Dryland Design can help you find the rainwater cistern that best suits your water and aesthetic needs. There are many factors that go into choosing the correct cistern and Dryland Design can formulate the exact requirements for your landscape, saving you money and water.
Dryland Design specializes in passive water harvesting by shaping the earth to collect water during rainfall and delivering it to your landscape instead the street! Using swales, water basins and berms, clients can gain improved water retention and greater vegetation growth. Best of all, earthworks require very little maintenance since gravity is going the work for you!
Many earthwork jobs also utilize rock work to help guide water, retain soil and provide a beautiful landscaping aesthetic. Dryland Design can design and build beautiful rock retaining walls, elegant rock staircases and unique stone terracing.
The water that comes from the drains of your sinks, bathtubs, showers, and washing machine is known as grey water. This water can be redirected to water your landscape instead going down the drain. It is especially good for watering fruit trees! The City of Tucson offers a rebate of up to $1,000 for the installation of a permanent grey water system at your home. This rebate applies to all the costs including design, materials, storage tanks, filters, pumps, backflow prevention assembly, and installation. Dryland Design can help you take advantage of this great incentive, bringing even more water to your fingertips.