Forest Hill Manor – Expanding Care by Collecting Water
Forest Hill Manor is a retirement community on the Monterey Peninsula in Pacific Grove, CA where water management is a critical, conscious and primary concern. Forest Hill had dreams of expansion but before any new construction would be approved, the City of Pacific Grove required that designs met certain water credits to limit the increased burden on the local potable water supply.
Forest Hill Manor wanted to collect natural water but needed a significant capacity and had little room for storage. In order to meet the city’s requirements, the engineers devised a combination rainwater harvesting and stormwater collection system for a secondary water supply. By clustering a series of smaller underground tanks, Whitson Engineering also found a solution to Forest Hill’s limited space problem. As designed, 24,000 gallons would be collected from the roof tops and parking lot area then stored in (2) 3,000 gallon and (3) 6,000 gallon Flowtite® water storage tanks from Containment Solutions. The awarded contractor was Silvestri Construction and although this was their first installation of CSI tanks, they were pleased with the engineers’ recommendation. Bret Silvestri said he was “impressed with the ease of installation and how competitive the product was in cost, installation time and effort versus concrete.”
Forest Hill Manor’s expansion included a new state-of-the-art Health Center comprised of an assisted living wing, skilled nursing center, and thirty-two new residential apartments. The 5 tanks were completely filled during the first rain storm. The water is currently used for landscape irrigation including flower beds, trees and shrubs which adds visual appeal without the need for potable water.