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The benefits of a rainwater catchment system on Maui

Why would you want a rainwater catchment system on Maui?

Some parts of Maui are not serviced by the County Water Department due to geography or lack of infrastructure, leaving land owners on their own when it comes to a water supply.  This leaves you with few options...

- Drill a well - very expensive unless you're close to sea level
- Borrow from a neighbor - not a long term solution
- Spring or stream - whether this is allowed is debatable
- Water delivery - works in a pinch if you have somewhere to hold it
- Rainwater harvesting - a simple and effective solution in areas with ample rain

In any event if you have to provide your own supply of water you'll need a holding tank and a way to circulate water to your house and garden. Most people these days go with a Scafco corrugated metal circular tank that comes in easy to assemble sections. A solid cover is recommended to keep out sunlight and debris but a good tight mesh cover with a peak will suffice.

Rainwater catchment tank with hard cover in Haiku Maui

Rainwater catchment tank with hard cover in Haiku Maui

What are the benefits of rainwater catchment system?

- A renewable natural resource
- Rainwater is free and abundant
- Rainwater is soft with no minerals
- No spots on your car when you wash it
- Soft and shiny hair after showering
- Use less soap in the dishwasher
- No need for fabric softener
- You control what goes in your water
- No water bill 

And here on Maui the Building Department has no authority over your water fixture count which means you can have all the faucets, sinks, hose bibs, pools, toilets and showers that you want.  You won't have to scale back your building plans due to the size of your water meter. 

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Please contact me for more information about water catchment tanks and systems.  I can steer you to the suppliers and advise you about the areas of Maui where this really works.

A lily pond in Haiku Maui

A lily pond in Haiku Maui

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Georgie Hunter R(S) e-Pro, Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers
127 Hana Hwy. #G, Paia HI 96779
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Comment balloon 6 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • May 17 2017 03:51AM

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I remember a hundred years ago my grand parents used to capture rainwater, then it was a smart idea now it is a "hip and cool and trendy" idea, the result is still the same:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 4 months ago

Georgie, Denver approved rainwater collection also, and sounds like your systems are working well for the residents of Maui.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 4 months ago

Love your photo of the Lilly pond. Rainwater cachment is a good idea anywhere if you want to water lawns in hot climates, it is always surprising how much water comes off a roof from a short storm.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 4 months ago

Endre Barath, Jr. I had no idea it was hip and trendy!  Good to know.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 4 months ago

Joan Cox That's interesting.  What happens in the winter when the temperatures drop below freezing?

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 4 months ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 That's for sure.  We calculate an inch of rain becomes 12" of water in our tank.  It's almost always full.

thanks for the comments!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 4 months ago

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