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Post Posted: Jul 20, 2019 7:53 pm 
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Hi everybody - we're moving into our house in Pine soon, and we're eager to plant wildflowers and (eventually, next spring) a vegetable garden.

Our well has restrictions on outdoor watering, so that's posed an interesting challenge for us. Does anyone else have similar restrictions?

We're looking into installing an inground water cistern that would pump rain water to the gardens, and we'd supplement the supply with water deliveries when necessary. Anyone ever used a water cistern system?


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Post Posted: Jul 21, 2019 6:44 am 
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Welcome to the area.

Most homes up here have water use restriction. A "residential" well restricts water usage to indoors only (you can not water gardens, wash cars, provide water to livestock, etc.)

If you collect rain water, you need a permit. And that comes with restrictions too. (Oops, I'm wrong, see below.)

However you can have a water tank or cistern that you have filled from another source and can use that for watering gardens, etc. You can also use downspout extensions to direct water to garden areas (if your topography makes that possible).

At the Conifer Community garden, they buy water (somewhere in Kittridge) and transport it to a tank situated above the garden. The water itself is not too expensive, but hauling it to the garden is quite a chore. **Thanks Mark! Your efforts are deeply appreciated!**

Some of us up here are very fortunate to have a "domestic" well, which allows for outdoor usage. These are mostly some of the older homes and/or properties on multiple acres.

It's a shame that too many of the real estate agents do not educate their clients about this.

BTW you'll want to plant wild flower seeds in late April/early May just before the last couple of snow storms. Plant some every week for a couple of weeks for best results watching the forecast to get them out just before it snows.
Planting too early the birds and voles will eat the seeds. Plant too late and they probably will not germinate. If you use native/local wildflowers then they will not need supplemental water.

My wild flowers grow best where they get very light, late afternoon shade and where there are natural depressions in the landscape that collects a bit more rainwater.

Good luck to you


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Post Posted: Jul 21, 2019 12:19 pm 
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Thanks so much for the info.

Finding someone to install a cistern is proving to be a challenge. If anyone else sees this post and has any referrals, I'll gladly take them!


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Post Posted: Jul 21, 2019 12:22 pm 
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Try calling Search Septic
https://www.pinecam.com/forum/viewtopic ... 0#p1755120

I suspect Scott could do this for you or he might know somebody who can.


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CooknThyme wrote:
Try calling Search Septic
https://www.pinecam.com/forum/viewtopic ... 0#p1755120

I suspect Scott could do this for you or he might know somebody who can.



I was just thinking the same thing!
Scott installs septic tanks, this is kinda similar, right?


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Yep kinda similar.
And Scott is just a super great guy and multi-talented! A pleasure to work with.
I think he has the right equipment for a cistern job.


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Awesome! Thanks so much. I'll add him to my " Monday Must Call" list.


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CooknThyme wrote:

If you collect rain water, you need a permit. And that comes with restrictions too.



A law passed in 2016 allows storage of up to 110 gallons to collect rain water with no permit or restrictions.
A permit and restrictions apply if you want to collect more than 110 gallons.
See Colorado Department of Water Resources for more information.

http://water.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/R ... fault.aspx


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Thanks for the link, that's helpful. I thought we still needed a permit for that. Good to know I was wrong. But 110 gallons isn't much and would not even last 1 week for me.
Plus there is no way I could collect that much rain per week off my roof during gardening season.

I estimate that I typically use ~40+ gallons a day in my gardens (280+ gallons per week) between vegetable and flower gardens.
Think of your average shower: 10 minutes @ 2.5 gpm is 25 gallons.

I am so grateful to have a domestic well!!!!

If I had a residential well I would not garden at home. I'd get a plot at the Conifer Community Garden.


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