5000 Gallon Rainwater Harvest System in Daytona Beach, Central Florida (FL)
We installed a 5000 gallon RainXchange (Rainwater Harvest System) in Daytona Beach, Florida during the hottest part of the summer. It was brutally HOT and we were trying to beat the rain. Unfortunately, it started raining at a very critical time and caused some delays. We had planned on installing double deep aquablox, which is the Aquascape Aquablox built 2 deep. Even though we shot the river water level at 9 feet below our ground level, we hit ground water at approx. 6 feet deep. After Day 1 of excavation, we watched the basin to see how much water would seep in. It was too much to feel comfortable with and had to call the excavator back out to partially fill in the excavated hole and dig the footprint twice as big. We then used a single aquablox depth. As a precaution, the homeowner still wanted us to install an under basin drainage system that would give the ground water an escape as the water level starts to rise...in the event of a very rainy season or hurricane. After installing the holding tank, a decorative fountainscape was installed on top to allow for circulation of the water. This will oxygenate the water and keep it from being stagnant. A 1/2 horsepower booster pump was installed to allow the rainwater to be used throughout the property for hand watering the rose and vegetable gardens. 3 hose bibs were installed in various places for easy access to use the water. The system also has an overflow tank so that once the 5000 gallon basin is full, the excess water can overflow out underground into the soil. The homeowner has plans to have the yard sodded once the weather cools down.