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Jul 3, 2013 9:58 AM by Ryan Haarer

Sierra Vista country club uses tennis court to harvest water

TUCSON - You can harvest water on a small scale, simply by putting a bucket under a roof gutter. Or you can do like the Pueblo Del Sol Country Club in Sierra Vista did and go all out for maximum conservation.

It's the biggest project Rick Weisberg at Oasis Water Harvesting has ever done.

"We're hoping that this 30,000 gallon tank is going to be able to a large majority of the year, 80, 90 percent of the time, supply rain water. And of course, that's going to be better water for the plants than the ground water because it's not going to have the salt and calcium levels that ground water does," said Weisberg.

The total surface of the cart garage and tennis courts is 17,000 square feet. That means 10,200 gallons of water for every inch of rain

"The majority of the water from this system is going to come off the tennis courts, which comes through these two four inch pipes over here. it's going to hit this concrete, roll down into this underground thousand gallon cistern, but before it does, it's going to go through this basket strainer which is going to filter out all debris, leaves, cigarette butts, whatever, before it goes into the underground tank," explained Weisberg.

While the goal is conservation, club management wanted to be sure a 30,000 gallon tank wouldn't stick out like a sore thumb. They were very pleased. The underground cistern is completely hidden, and the above ground tank blends in with the surroundings. In the end it's a big win for the Cochise Water Project.

"It's a lifestyle. We live in the desert, conserve water, it's the right thing to do. You turn the lights out when you leave a room, why don't you turn off the faucet when you're brushing your teeth. Start with little things and then we'll build up," said Tim Cervantes with the Cochise Water Project.

To give you an idea of how advanced this technology is now, there is a sensor in place that alerts the system of low water levels. That triggers a valve to be opened supplying the property with municipal water again.

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