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CHS Pics | At a Capitol Hill church, new green cisterns resurrect the rain

With the story of Christ’s resurrection and all that jazz, Easter, we suppose, is a story of recycling. Capitol Hill’s Prospect Congregational United Church of Christ is now ready for the Seattle rain it captures to rise again.

“The members of Prospect United Church of Christ are excited to have these two cisterns as tangible evidence of our willingness to walk the talk about caring for our environment,” church pastor, Meighan Pritchard said in the announcement of two new cisterns installed under the county and city’s joint RainWise rebate program at the 94-year-old church at the corner of 20th Ave E and E Prospect.

“We talk about environmental justice and climate change and are pleased to be taking this step to mitigate stormwater runoff in our community,” she said.


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The church and contractor Earth Alchemist showed off the new installation last weekend at a small ribbon cutting ceremony. The two cisterns each hold 865 gallons of roof water and will capture runoff from 3,230 square feet of roof area, keeping 12,700 gallons of stormwater out of the sewer system each year, the county says.

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