Refuge Retreat (Private Residence)
A massive active rainwater collection system provides landscape and household water for this Arizona home as well as protection against wildfires.
This remote seasonal home in the arid mountains of central Arizona had a failing well. We set up a 13,000-gallon active rainwater collection system as the residence’s primary water source, keeping the well as back up. We replaced gutters and snow stops to better suit the alpine conditions and tree density of the site. We also worked with staff at the local fire district during design and installation. The system is backed up by a generator in case power is interrupted.
Average annual precipitation: 16 in.
Capture Surface: 1,250 sq. ft. factory-finished metal roof
Storage and system: 13,000 gal. lined Core-Gal tank, 4,000 gal. devoted to fire protection
Pre-Filtration: 2 Rain Harvesting PVC rainhead filters,
Post filtration: 0.5 Micron filter, carbon block, UV, 4-in. fire connection,
Pump: existing booster in pump house
Designer: Barnabas Kane for Skywater and T. Barnabas Kane & Assoc.
Installer: Skywater Rainwater Collection Systems