A “vortex” filter used in a rainwater harvesting system in Albemarle County


drought watch

recently declared by the Rivanna Water and
Sewer Authority has many people wondering what steps they can take to save
water. But another option is to look above your head and consider collecting the
water that falls on your roof.

In this video feature, we get a demonstration of a rainwater
harvesting system from Benjamin Sojka of the Charlottesville office of

Management Systems

. We then spoke with John Quale, of the University of
Virginia’s School of Architecture, who describes a system installed at the


house in Fifeville which collects and filters rain for drinking water.

Watch the video on YouTube below:

Will Faulconer and Sean Tubbs

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