Stormwater Retention for Irrigation Re-use in an Earthquake Prone Area

The owner of an urban orchard of specimen fruit trees in Monterey County, California wanted to capture stormwater to irrigate with untreated, pharmaceutical-free water and also avoid the very high water rates charged by the local utility company. Studying the available natural water resources, it was determined that a 5,000 gallon RainSpace Stormwater Retention Chamber would meet the irrigation requirement. In a tight physical setting, the RainSpace Stormwater Retention Chamber was installed between two rows of orchard trees and raised planter beds were later placed on to grow vegetable among the trees. The water supply security of the RainSpace Stormwater Retention Chamber in an earthquake was also an important consideration for the owner who wanted to ensure an available water supply for domestic use if necessary. The installation was done personally by the owner and some friends without professional assistance.

Monterey County, California