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How is the water used?
How much water can the Wildflower Center's system collect and store?
Central irrigation rooftop system
- Rainwater is collected from metal rooftops totaling nearly 17,000 square feet
- Two cisterns with a capacity of 20,000 gallons each and the Tower cistern which can store nearly 5,000 gallons
- Approximately 10,600 gallons of water is collected per inch of rain
- With an average rainfall of 30 inches per year, this rooftop system can collect approximately 300,000 gallons of rainwater per year
Entry cistern system
- Collection system is fed by 1,167 square feet of metal roof
- Cistern capacity is approximately 12,000 gallons
- This cistern can collect 700 gallons per inch of rain, or approximately 21,000 gallons per year.
Children's area cistern
- Collects water from 672 square feet of roof
- Cistern capacity is 3,000 gallons
- Approximately 420 gallons per inch of rain, to collect 12,600 gallons per year