Water in the Desert

A Firsthand Report from a couple in an Arizona desert whose off-the-grid house includes a rainwater collecting system.

San Pedro River
Valerie and John Titan, at left, in front of their home, which is in the upper watershed of the San Pedro River.
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Valerie Titan shows off her completed kitchen.
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Collecting Rainwater
Two storage tanks behind the couple's home hold a total of 6,000 gallons of water.
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Chihuahuan Desert
What Arizona lacks in water it makes up for in sunshine and the beauty of its natural landscape.
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We have only 6,000 gallons of storage capacity, but since our region only receives rain during the summer and winter, we are able to fill the tanks in the summer, use some water in the fall, and then top the tanks off again in the winter.
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