Rainwater Storage - Simple & Sustainable

TFS installs aboveground cisterns made of high density polyethylene, corrugated steel (e.g. culvert cistern), or concrete. For some larger systems (over 5,000gal), you may choose to save space with a concrete underground cistern, which can be entirely buried or partially exposed and used as an additional catchment surface. All cisterns are constructed to be fully closed and light-free, meaning there are no conditions for algae, bacteria, or insects to live inside the tank. If these design principles are followed, you create storage for rainwater that is clean, safe, and sustainable.

A cistern does not need to be placed directly under a downspout, plumbing can be run underground to a cistern anywhere in the yard. You can use rainwater simply by attaching a hose to a provided spigot at the cistern base and using gravity pressure, or by integrating a pump and connecting to an irrigation system.

Some customers choose to maximize their water storage in underground or aboveground tanks and pump and filter it into their house as the main water supply. With all automated systems, either for indoor or outdoor use, a municipal water backup is provided in the cistern to supplement rainwater during times of unusually high use or low rainfall.

Types of Rainwater Storage Systems

Click here for illustrations and full descriptions of each of the systems we install.

Want to see what an the installation process looks like, click here to see a photo journal.

Sizing A Cistern

TFS sizes your storage system for 2"-6” rainfall, depending on your goals, space available, and zoning codes. When sizing your rainwater storage system, we look at two factors: your roof area and your water demand.

Want to know how to correctly size your cistern? Click here.

Would you like to find out what the water needs are for your property? Click here.

Talk to TFS about designing a rainwater storage system for your home, business, or new construction.