Rainwater Storage and Fence in One – Fine Homebuilding

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Written By Jim J Neal

With drought conditions becoming more common throughout the U.S., making the most of available rainwater may become less of a niche practice and more of a necessity. WaterFence, which started as a high school science fair project, offers rainwater storage that is less expensive than underground rainwater storage and more aesthetically pleasing than aboveground storage tanks, while also providing the added benefits of a traditional fence.

WaterFence is a privacy fence designed to also store rainwater. Each section is a complete storage tank that slides into place between two fence posts and can be connected to additional tanks (or sections of fence) with a 1-½-in. pipe. Made of 100% recyclable (HDPE) polyethylene, each tank measures 7 ft. long, 6 ft. high and 15-1/2 ft. wide and can hold 240 gal. of water.

Thin, brown rainwater storage tanks

The fence works by collecting rainwater that falls on the rooftop of a home, and draining it to a fill-point on the fence. Rainwater is then stored in a closed system to prevent mold growth and contamination, and is easily directed to an existing irrigation system or can be rerouted back to the roof for fire protection. Customizable inserts attach to the interconnected tanks for a faux-wood or -stone finish that fits the aesthetic of any home or building. Alternatively, a simple wire lattice provides a natural exterior where plants can grow to create a living wall. Inserts can easily be swapped out to update the look.

WaterFence is currently available in California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. A single panel, which includes the tank and interconnections, starts at $990 plus shipping and handling. Facade inserts are available at an additional cost.

Image of a stone fence panels in a backyard surrounded by grass and plants

Learn more at https://waterfence.com/

Photos courtesy of the manufacturer.

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