Cisterns capture rain water for use in the garden, thus reducing the need to pump from an aquifer. They help reduce the load of water entering a storm drain system that can overflow during a rainstorm. Storm water easily overloads the system In cities because the cities are primarily cement and asphalt. The rain water cannot sink into the ground as it did before the area grew into a city. Birds and all wildlife, of course, depend on clean ecosystems just as people do.
The painting of the mural was made possible, in part, by MontereySEA.org and Maris Sidenstecker of savethewhales.org. Emily Howard organized it through her affiliation with Return of the Natives Restoration project. The tank was donated by CalAm.
If you have cisterns or are planning on installing them where you live and work, have fun painting them...a wonderful way to share how beautifully functional they are! If you live in the Monterey Bay area, Paola would be happy to create a commissioned mural for you!