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Homeowners Embracing Sustainability in a Big Way

Leslie and Bill Heitz, looking for a rainwater system, ran across the Rainwater Pillow, invented by Atlanta horticulturalist Jim Harrington. The Heitzes, who moved to Atlanta this year, weren’t accustomed to water rationing; currently the city allows no outdoor watering.

Rainwater Pillows range from 1,000 to 40,000 gallons and are designed to go under your crawl space, porch or deck. The Heitzes’ pillow is about 2 feet tall and 10 feet by 15 feet in size, holding 22,000 gallons of water. “I left this gorgeous garden in Baltimore,” says Leslie Heitz, 56. “I just felt like I wasn’t going to plant a lot of landscaping if I was depending on city water. It just doesn’t feel right.”

By Dawn McMullan