Rainwater Harvesting

In 2012, GrowNYC staff installed 7 rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems including at the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers, Green Gems Community Garden in East New York with the Million Trees training program, and at Altagracia Community Center in Washington Heights. This brings RWH system collection capability to over one million gallons citywide. At the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers, staff worked with teachers and students to redesign and rebuild their garden shed to accommodate a 250 gallon rainwater harvesting system. The students prefabricated the walls in their shop class and did much of the work to install the new roof and rainwater tank in a 3 day intensive build out. Click here to Follow the process from the students’ perspectives.

Picture_011Over the summer, our two outstanding NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation interns installed systems and taught others. They fabricated a bicycle powered water pump to pump water to all of the gardens. Designed by GrowNYC’s Lenny Librizzi, the bicycle powered water pump was highlighted at 3 fall events, our own New Green City the International Maker’s Faire in Queens and at FarmHack in Brooklyn. They also created a report with designs and how to advice on the various types of green infrastructure that community gardeners can utilize in their community gardens.

Click HERE to learn more about Rainwater Harvesting.
Click HERE for our Rainwater Harvesting tool kit (PDF).

Watch Lenny Librizzi on the Gardenieres, a web based gardening show: