New cistern collects rainwater at The Shops at La Palmera, Posted January 27, 2015
If you’ve been by The Shops at La Palmera recently, you may have noticed what looks like a grain silo, between TJ Maxx and Big Lots.
It’s actually a 5,300-gallon cistern.
The cistern, or water tank, collects rainwater for landscape irrigation, which will allow The Shops to offset its use of municipal water.
A full cistern provides one week’s worth of watering.
In a statement, Fred Walters, the general manager of La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera said, “It only makes sense to utilize this type of technology, which is really just a new spin on the old fashioned rain barrel. It allows us to collect what would otherwise be runoff and put it to good use. As far as we know, this is the first commercial cistern system in the Coastal Bend region.”