The Thornton Residence


  • Category: Residential
  • Organization Location: Haltom City, Texas; Tarrant County
  • Activity: Utilizes rainwater harvesting for residential outdoor needs to offset potable water use.


Dorys and John Thornton began collecting rainwater in five 55-gallon barrels, which eventually increased to the now 11 interconnected barrels. The collected rainwater is used for birdbaths, watering flowers and trees, and irrigating the turf. By bypassing the inground sprinkler for a large part of the year, they have saved money and potable water. Other benefits include eliminating flooding and pooling of water in the area where the barrels now sit.

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