from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A catching or collecting of water, especially rainwater.
- n. A structure, such as a basin or reservoir, used for collecting or draining water.
- n. The amount of water collected in such structure.
- n. A catchment area.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any structure or land feature which catches and holds water.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A surface of ground on which water may be caught and collected into a reservoir.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Drainage: rarely used except in the following phrases.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a structure in which water is collected (especially a natural drainage area)
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To give one example, at this point, what we call our catchment area, which is the underlying population of arrestees, in some communities, it's a city; in other communities, it's a county; in some communities, we're only one of the jails that might be in the county.
We have a lovely rain catchment pond, which has easily collected 50,000 gallons this rain season in a proof-of-concept test, and mostly overflowed.
Also, water catchment from the roof would be a nice design feature. i believe that the key factor is cost.
IMAGE: west coast green lorax clipper house green sustainable san francisco reclaimed wood rain catchment
Thoughtful planning also went into the three rather large rain catchment cisterns hidden from view, beneath the Trex deck off the lower family room.
Other rain catchment systems can be devised in the form of botanical facades, and modular permeable pavement.
A rain catchment system will irrigate the vegetation during much of the year, while grey and black water recycling systems will generate much of the centers’ own water supply.
Same goes for the insulated walls ... rain catchment etc, etc)
LORAX’S “GREENEST HOUSE IN SAN FRANCISCO” west coast green lorax clipper house green sustainable san francisco reclaimed wood rain catchment – Inhabitat about mission submit a story shop advertise with us support us press contact sign up
The assertion is based on the fact that this house has the first ever approved rain catchment system in San Francisco, and for a conventional family of five - that’s huge!
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