Due to a problematic well and a strong conservation ethic, these homeowners were low water users even before they switched to rainwater. When they decided to trade half of the space in their carport for rainwater storage space, they were able to meet most of their water needs with harvested rainwater. These two connected cisterns collect water from several roof drains and feed to a pump which pressurizes the water through the house lines. Instead of filtering all rainwater coming in, these homeowners chose to install a simple filter at their kitchen sink to only filter water used for drinking and cooking.
As their neighborhood faces the threat of a well running dry, this home boasts the unique feature of water independence.
Although all landscaping around the home is natural desert landscape, these homeowners chose to boost the native trees near their home by adding a laundry greywater line that can be extended to nearby trees and shrubs.