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Amish rainwater collection

Amish rainwater collection

Mark, Rose Nell, Jayne, and I dropped by an Amish-affiliated produce auction last week...and of course I was more interested in rainwater collection on the nearby buildings than in the products for sale.

IBC rain barrel

IBC tanks were very much the rain barrels of choice in the community. The builders didn't brace their tower nearly as much as we did ours though.

Gutter closeup

Gutters, on the other hand, looked to have serious longevity. I think those are stainless steel on heavy-duty hangers, then the downspout is clearly PVC.

Amish gutters

Here's a long view from the other direction. I'll bet the residents put every drop of that water to good use.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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That's one check if a set up for rain water. We use the same type of containers.

I have wanted to go to the produce auction but never get to use to work.

P.S. Thanks for yesterday's hike. JenW

Comment by bleueaugust Sun Sep 23 07:44:46 2018

Hi Anna and Mark,

Those were nice pictures. The overflow pipe was of most interest. I am having that problem right now. Great solution.


Comment by John Mon Sep 24 09:06:01 2018

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