A 2500 gallon CRMI fresh water storage tank we recently brought by a project in Los Angeles that @greywatercorps was working on and was designed by @stevesiegrist . Super fun to see thoughtfully designed integration of onsite water resources into the landscape. Some folks are taken back by the idea of such a large capacity tank, but there’s a number of reasons to choose to go this route if it can fit on a site. First, when you consider for every 1000 sq ft of catchment space that is available, a yield of 600 gallons of water can be gained from every inch of rainfall. Even in So Cal, most folks with a modest sized roof over their heads can gain yields over 6000 gallons during the rainy season if only a minimal 10″ of rain came during the season. Additionally, cost in dollar per gallon as well as making the most of the small but essential infrastructure to collect makes going as big as possible a wise choice. Another consideration is one of my favorite principles in design: #stackingfunctions. Besides directing and storing the onsite resource of rainwater, when placed strategically in a design, larger tanks form nice boarders, block wind, create passive solar microclimates, enhance privacy when needed, create sound barriers, and whatever else the designer may see fit to stack. As to the matter of usage, having as much good fresh water onsite as possible has a plethora of benefits including minimizing dependence upon municipal sources for landscaping and gardening needs, which also enables better quality, softer rainwater to be applied and infiltrated into the soil and water table year round instead of the harder, saltier treated water delivered by most municipalities. Then, if said municipal source falters due to an crisis of some sort, there is a reserve of easily treatable water on site for emergency use. And lastly (for this posting because we could go on!), there’s the shear amusement of getting these lovelies moved around and placed on a site as highlighted by a couple photos from @greywatercorps recent escapades in moving this one onto its home pad where it will be serving faithfully for decades.