Make Water Work

There are many different types of holding chambers, internal tanks or cisterns that are capable of collecting large quantities of water. The type of installation will vary depending on the amount of water needed to be stored, budgets and locations.

Typical installations include polyethylene tanks, concrete vaults, underground fiberglass tanks or even aboveground steel tanks. Underground tanks can be located under fields, parking lots and landscaping, while aboveground tanks can be used as focal points of buildings.


Filtering captured and stored rain water is an important preliminary step before treating or sterilizing water. Filters help eliminate any solids or contaminants that may have worked their way into drainage lines or storage tanks; this can potentially lessen or hinder the sterilization process. Typical filtration methods are:

1. Sand

2. Filters

3. Vortex filters.


Water quality and treatment are significant concerns for the safety and betterment of communities. Not knowing what virus or contaminates may be in rain water, treatment is of the utmost importance. There are many different types of water-treatment methods:

1. Ozone

2. Chlorine

3. Reverse osmosis

4. Ultra-violet (UV) light.

Depending on the final desired application and budget, different standards for sterilization and treatment of water exist.

Another important and often overlooked component that can be installed is a smart EvapoTranspiration-based (ET) irrigation controller, which measures the amount of sun, rainfall and evaporation in an area. Since yearly water waste due to inefficient landscaping is significant, weather-based scheduling, as opposed to the typical “set it and forget it” irrigation, can save substantial amounts of water.

Regardless of the method to capture and reuse storm water, it is important to make the effort. The amount of water and money saved will be passed along to future generations of athletes.

Chris Chisam is a project manager and landscape architect for Beals Alliance in Folsom, Calif. For more information, visit

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