Point Loma Woman Shows How to Catch Rainwater

by on January 27, 2010 · 5 comments

in Culture, Environment, Ocean Beach, San Diego

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Point Loman Cielo Foth shows us how’s it’s done with her huge storage tanks and 44-gallon trash cans in her backyard to collect rainwater – which she uses for her garden. Photos by Earnie Grafton / UNION-TRIBUNE

Originally published Jan. 27, 2010

We here at the OB Rag have been complaining for awhile now that even though we live in a coastal desert, there is no wide-spread effort to collect the rainwater that falls on our parched paradise.  There is no government encouragement for it, our culture doesn’t support it – and we waste the opportunity every time it rains – and floods like it did last week.

rainwater pt loman 02Well, there’s a woman in Point Loma who is showing us how to do it. Cielo Foth has installed huge storage tanks and 44-gallon trash cans in her backyard to collect rainwater – which she uses for her garden.

Today’s Union-Tribune had the article describing different efforts by individuals around the County. Reporter Mike Lee stated:

In March, Cielo Foth installed two rain tanks at her Point Loma home to capture more than 2,220 gallons for her elaborate garden. She has since bought nine 44-gallon garbage cans to increase capacity. She figured the recent storms gave her enough water for 2½ months of irrigation.

“I don’t want the city telling me how much water to use on my fruit trees,” Foth said. “It actually feels great to be watering when I want to, using the rain.”

Go here for the remainder of the article.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Frank Gormlie January 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I did an interview with Cielo late this morning and will be posting a follow-up piece.


avatar The Great Unwashed January 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Only downside I can see is that rainwater can get caught and stored in un-covered receptacles. Mosquitos & West Nile disease. I’m not sure how much is hype, but I think the question needs to be addressed.


avatar cc December 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

you could always put a pump inside the tanks to keep the water moving, inexpensive and would be useful to avoid stagnant water.


avatar Kathleen Anne Winston December 27, 2014 at 7:04 am

gold fish, my dad taught me that. Also, Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap will float an oil cover on top that will keep mosquito’s from reproducing and also is non – toxic. Read the label!


avatar old school guy January 27, 2010 at 7:02 pm

We did this over 45 years ago when I was a kid in Lemon Grove. My Dad hated to waste anything including rainwater which was so good for fruits and vegetables !!! He set up 55 gallon drums and we saved rainwater to water the food we grew. I guess he was cutting edge way back then……


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