By: Mike Bromley – President of Water Wise, Inc.
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Collecting rain water is a time honored method of storing water for later use. The most amazing water collection system I’ve ever seen is at Masada around the Dead Sea in Israel. King Herod built Masada as a fortress retreat on top of a mountain overlooking the Dead Sea. It’s a desert so they receive as little as 0.10 inch of rain a year. He built water collection aqueducts around the mountain that funneled all the water to a cavern carved into the solid rock. This cistern kept the water cool and reduced evaporation.