Rain Recyclers saves water for another day
David Montijo demonstrates the water pressure he can generate from the 6,000-gallon rainwater catchment tank in front of his Davis home. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
A round black tub sits in David Montijo’s front yard, on a bed of gravel where his lawn used to be. It looks a little like a space capsule, landed under a school of decorative metal fish swimming along the side of the house.
The plastic container, about 8 feet in diameter, is full up with rainwater that Montijo is collecting from his roof, the first of his Rain Recycler systems.
Montijo, 53, has been sitting on this idea for six years, he said. But last month, with the first of the rains coming after three years of the worst drought California has ever seen, he went to the farm supply store and picked up a 1,100-gallon water container, which is sealed against mosquitoes and contaminants. Continue Reading