The practice of harvesting rain is commonplace in many countries, such as Australia, India, and Europe. For centuries, those who depend on rain for their daily needs have used water tanks to collect the free water.
There are many rainwater harvest tanks from which to choose; however, Rain Harvest in the US is one of the most trusted names. There are a few things to research and understand before choosing the best rainwater harvest water tank.
- Consider the average amount of rainfall that occurs in your area.
- Understand the roof size in your water collection area.
Measure the roof size in order to calculate the amount of runoff, which is one millimeter of rain on one millimeter squared to deliver one liter of water into the tank. Rainharvest.com offers an approximate guide: three-bedroom house (150 millimeters squared), four-bedroom house (200 millimeters squared), and an average garage or carport is 25 millimeters squared.
- Research the public health requirements in your neighborhood.
- How much do you need?
Obviously, the more people in your house, the faster the water is used. If you are using the water tank to supplement your current water usage, determine how water will be divided.
Ideas for harvested water usage include toilet flushing, laundry, gardening, car washing, etc.
Based off how much rain falls and how much your roof will yield, now you can determine what size tank you need.
- Choose your tank size
Generally, there are three size classes of water tanks. While the method with which water is collected and disseminated varies, water tanks come in small (less than 2,000 liters), medium (between 2,000 liters and 10,000 liters), and large (more than 10,000 liters).
Rainwater tanks are made with different types of materials, such as steel, fiberglass, concrete, PVC, or other materials. There are certain accessories that also need to be purchased when considering a water tank. Those include a tank stand, a leaf strainer, first-flush diverter, tap, pump, and downpipe connection.
Given the latest upswing of West Nile virus in the US, which is spread through mosquitoes, precautions must be taken to avoid breeding. Rain barrels should be emptied every week, as well as be covered by screens. Remember that if the tank is filled to the brim, these pests still can breed.
- Check the business reputation.
Before purchasing a water tank, research the company’s business reputation. It’s important to read consumer reviews of the business, as well as the products offered. Trust is paramount to making a right decision, and customer service is a close second. Most likely, you will have questions while setting up your harvest tank, and you need someone who is available and willing to help.
Don’t forget to review the return policy, as well, in case rain harvesting is not for you.
The decision to purchase a water tank is one that more people make every day. The untreated water is perfect for gardening and car washing, and the conservation slows run-off and helps the strained water supplies in many areas.
Source: Laura Burkey (Laura Burkey) writes for various blogs on topics ranging from conservation and nutrition to parenting and gardening).
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