Saturday, August 16, 2014

Water Fence, a great idea, and you saw it here!

   I just found this product and was so impressed, I wanted to put it here,   

Innovative, new fresh water storage system that utilizes roof rain runoff into an interconnected fence system that can store thousands of gallons of water giving you the possibility of water sustainability, even in severe drought situations. We can’t do anything about when it will rain but we do know it will rain again, and it is up to each individual to do their share in preparing and saving every drop. Every time it rains you add water to your system.

The patented Water Fence System works very simply, as the water runs off the roof and drains into the fence, it continues to fill any number of fence sections you may have

To calculate your water savings, take the square feet of your roof x each inch of rain x the conversion factor of .632 to get how many gallons of runoff you get for every inch of rain. In example, a 2,000 square foot roof x 1 inch of rain x .632 = 1,264 gallons of fresh water

This fence takes the place of your existing wood fence and should last almost forever. It is 100% recyclable, made of (HDPE) Polyethylene. No more trees ever again have to be cut down for the building of fences, allowing them to do what they do best, absorbing Co2 out of our atmosphere combating Global Warming.

Water naturally seeks its own level and fills each section evenly, and each section holds 320 gallons and when connected together, the fence can hold thousands of gallons of fresh pure rainwater.

To distribute the water, just connect a hose to your fence via the already installed spigots. The fence has been professionally engineered to easily withstand the weight of water in it and also has been engineered to withstand most seismic events.

WaterFence is also a terrific fire barrier! The HDPE fencing will not burn forming a fire resistant wall around your home. With the addition of a small water pump (with a battery backup) and a water delivery system to your roof, you have a fire suppression system that gives your home a recirculating water supply which is a way of giving your home a fighting chance against floating embers that land on your roof, even when water and power have been shut off.

The design on the fence can be individualized into any design/color that you would like and be made to look like a Rockwall, or a stone wall just about any design you prefer.

Home builders or developers can simply send a rendering of a desired fence look of their development and it can be reproduced exactly to what they want.

To see what WaterFence looks like and to vote on your favorite design please visit  “Water Fence” on facebook

  If you were to "Google" or search this product you can find out more,  or just ask me…

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It never rains in southern California, but when it does…...

       We are in a drought, my town of Ramona has had only 5" of rain this yr.  instead of  about 15" that as our norm.  Private water Wells are dropping down so low they are sucking air!  Then there are the people on "City water" they are being told to reduce water waste. some are told not to water the yard.  The rest are told not to water the sidewalk or un landscaped areas.  Even that a $500 fine could be imposed if they waste.
   I tell folks get a rainwater catchment system, it's great for plants.  People reply it doesn't rain enough.   I say,  It's a sin to use tap water in landscape pots because the salts/minerals in tap water are extreemly high and the build up from time where the water evaporates  and the minerals stay makes for poor plant performance in many plant varieties.      Not only is rain water free, it is water that otherwise is a burden to the storm drains and municipal flood control system.              
    So, let's look at what your assets are.  The roof is larger than your house footprint due to the eaves.  One might say oh come on you can't get that much water from a roof….How about 623 gallons per thousand sq. ft. per inch of rain!   so, if you have 2,000 sq. ft. and live where you get severe drought rainfall of only (5"),  you can collect over 6,000 gallons.
    So, you ask what can 6,000 do? Well, flush toilets for two people over a year!  Then it rains again.  Now why would we want to use fully treated tap water to just flush down the drain?   Why would we use tap water to water a landscape?   I will tell you what people use tap water to flush toilets and spray all over outdoors,  because they can!,  water is cheaper than dirt! But wait, will be be allowed to continue to waste water like this?  No,  we can not continue this waste, it is not sustainable!.  That is to say,  it is not "green" or even politically correct.  Some areas wasting water in criminal.   As I said earlier, it is a sin…. in any case.
   So, why are we short of water?   we have oceans and desalination has been done for decades…  The answer is we use so much water that when every home in San Diego uses 130 gallons a day and there are 2 million buildings the amount needed exceeds what we have!  Population is growing, as are applications of life that use water.  Did you that every product we consume requires water to make?  so we as people consume the hundreds of gallons daily just in our diet.  This is called the water footprint.   Google that term and read up,  I will let you go so you can.. thanks..